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Japanese Whisky

Japanese whiskies are crafted in the Scottish style. We find they lie between Lowland and Speyside in style. Delicate and perfumed with honeyed sweetness. One regularly hears them described as being smooth, but that is doing them an injustice. Light sherry and floral notes, sometimes they have been peated for a smoky, quasi Islay style.

The burgeoning Japan whisky industry has been largely attributed to its two founding fathers: Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru. Shinjiro established the Suntory brand, founding the first distillery in Japan in 1923, Yamazaki in the Vale of Yamazaki. Taketsuru founded Yoichi on Hokkaido eleven years later. Today, Japanese whiskies are becoming increasingly popular and in a style of their own.

Japanese whisky is a relatively new addition to the world of whisky, but it has quickly become a favourite among connoisseurs. Japanese whisky is known for its smooth, delicate flavour and its similarity to Scotch whisky.

While Japanese whisky is not as widely available as other types of whisky, it is becoming more popular all over the world. If you're looking to try something new, Japanese whisky is a great option.

Japanese whisky is made in a variety of locations across the country, each with its own climate and water source. This gives Japanese whisky its unique flavour profile.

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2019)

70cl, 56%
Shinshu

This right here is a Japanese single malt from the Shinshu Distillery, but the twist here is that it was matured at a different Mars distillery - the Tsunuki Distillery, which opened in 2016. Could…  More info

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2019)

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This is a 5 year old Japanese single malt from the White Oak distillery - not one of Japan's most well-known whisky producers outside of the country, but an excellent one nevertheless. This…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2018 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Shinshu

A limited edition single malt from Mars Shinshu. This 2018 expression is made up of both peated and unpeated whiskies, aged in American oak bourbon barrels. The gentle Japanese whisky was bottled…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2018 Edition)

Yamazaki 1995 (bottled 2010) - The Owner's Cask

70cl, 54.9%
Yamazaki

A distillery bottling of a very special Japanese single malt whisky produced by Suntory at Yamazaki Distillery in 1995. It was matured for 15 years in a sherry cask and bottled at a cask strength…  More info

Yamazaki 1995 (bottled 2010) -  The Owner's Cask

The Koshi-No Shinobu Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Shinobu

A blended malt from the Shinobu range, Koshi-No is initially matured in a duo of bourbon and sherry casks. It's then transferred to Japanese Mizanura oak for a finishing period before bottling at 43%…  More info

The Koshi-No Shinobu Pure Malt

963 Malt & Grain (58%)

70cl, 58%
Yamazakura

963 Malt & Grain is, shock, a blend of malt and grain whiskies! It's produced by Sasanokawa Shuzo, which is also responsible for Yamazakura whiskies. This particular expression has been bottled at…  More info

963 Malt & Grain (58%)

Karuizawa Raku-Yaki 1999-2000

140cl, 60.9%
Karuizawa

Raku is a type of Japanese pottery used in Japanese tea ceremonies, and the pattern is made by taking the bottle out of the hot kiln and allowing it to air-cool. The legendary and now-closed…  More info

Karuizawa Raku-Yaki 1999-2000

Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 47%
Nikka

Nikka released a pair of whiskies in 2020 to celebrate the 100th wedding anniversary of the company's founder Masataka Taketsuru and Rita Cowan. This right here is one of them - a Miyagikyo single…  More info

Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Cask Finish

Azabu Pure Malt

70cl, 40%
Azabu

Azabu Pure Malt comes to us all the way from Japan, featuring peated malt aged in bourbon barrels blended with malt whiskies from Scotland, and finished in sherry casks. It packs a light, fragrant…  More info

Azabu Pure Malt

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

From Japan's White Oak distillery comes this 6 year old Akashi single malt. The whisky was initially aged for 5 years in Cognac casks, before being transferred to a first-fill red wine barrel for a…  More info

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)

70cl, 57%
Yamazakura

An 8 year old blended malt whisky, released as part of the 963 series of expressions. These whiskies are created by Sasanokawa Shuzo, the company also responsible for making the Yamazakura…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)

963 Malt & Grain Red Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

From the 963 whisky range made by Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo comes the 963 Malt & Grain Red Label. Unlike the smoke-driven Black Label expression, Red Label is an unpeated expression, which shows off…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Red Label

963 Malt & Grain Black Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo and its 963 whisky selection. This one features a hearty helping of peat smoke at its core (in contract to the unpeated Red Label expression), so if…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Black Label

Hanyu 2000 (cask 63) - Tay Bak Chiang

70cl, 58.8%
Hanyu

An awesome Japanese single malt from the now-closed Hanyu Distillery! This whisky was distilled they very same year that the distillery closed its doors in 2000. It was matured in a single hogshead…  More info

Hanyu 2000 (cask 63) - Tay Bak Chiang

Karuizawa 35 Year Old 1981 (cask 6412) - Fazzino

70cl, 57.7%
Karuizawa

A stunning bottling of incredibly rare Japanese single malt whisky from the Karuizawa Distillery. The whisky was aged in a single sherry butt for 35 years, before being bottled with an outturn of 505…  More info

Karuizawa 35 Year Old 1981 (cask 6412) - Fazzino

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu London Edition 2019

70cl, 48.5%
Ichiro

Released at The Whisky Show 2019, The London Edition of Ichiro's Malt Chichibu is a wonderful Japanese single malt whisky offering up intriguing notes of fresh fruit, vanilla-rich oak and whispers of…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu London Edition 2019

Yamazaki 1999 (bottled 2012)

70cl, 58%
Yamazaki

A Yamazaki single malt distilled in 1999 and aged in a single puncheon cask before it was bottled in 2012 for the Tokyo International BarShow 2012 at 58% ABV, presented with its original box.  More info

Yamazaki 1999 (bottled 2012)

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 10 Year Old

50cl, 60%
White Oak

From the lesser-known White Oak distillery based in Hyogo comes this 10 Year Old whisky! The single malt spent its decade of ageing in a sherry butt, so it's a lovely jammy fruit affair, all bottled…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 10 Year Old

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9585

70cl, 57.6%
Sanmi-Ittai

The Hanyu Distillery opened in 1941 but sadly closed its doors in 2000, meaning that casks from the Japanese distillery remain are a rarity. One of the few remaining casks has been used as a base for…  More info

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9585

Hibiki 21 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

An appropriately beautiful bottling of Hibiki 21 Year Old blended whisky. This release was designed to celebrate and show off the the glory of Japanese nature, which is fairly clear from the label.  More info

Hibiki 21 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu

Chichibu 2012 (bottled 2019) (cask 2074)

70cl, 62%
Chichibu

From the Japanese Chichibu Distillery comes this 2012 vintage single malt. It was initially aged in a cask which previously held Hanyu whisky, before it was transferred to a hogshead which previously…  More info

Chichibu 2012 (bottled 2019) (cask 2074)

Yoichi Limited Edition 2019

70cl, 48%
Yoichi

One of two limited edition single malts released by Nikka to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Miyagikyo Distillery. This one comes from the Yoichi Distillery, which produces a style of whisky…  More info

Yoichi Limited Edition 2019

Karuizawa 35 Year Old - Cities Of Japan (Tokyo)

70cl, 56.5%
Karuizawa

Sound the Karuizawa klaxon! This right here is a rare bottling of Japanese single malt from the closed Karuizara Distillery, drawn from a single sherry cask which was laid down in October 1981. 35…  More info

Karuizawa 35 Year Old - Cities Of Japan (Tokyo)

Mars Komagatake 3 Year Old 2011

70cl, 57%
Shinshu

From Mars Shinshu, Japan’s highest whisky distillery, comes this young cask strength single malt, Komagatake 3 Year Old. The distillery was mothballed from 1992 to 2007, and this was distilled in its…  More info

Mars Komagatake 3 Year Old 2011

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9586

70cl, 57.6%
Sanmi-Ittai

Sanmi-Ittai, meaning Trinitas in Latin, which means Trinity in English, is a tribute to the three founders of the Hanyu Distillery which was built in 1941, though sadly was forced to close in 2000.…  More info

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9586

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