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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.

Hanyu 22 Year Old 1986 (Cask 2812) - Part des Anges

70cl, 58.4%
Hanyu

A very rare dram from the brilliant now-closed Hanyu distillery in Japan, distilled back in 1986. It was bottled in 2008 for independent French company Part des Agnes, which translates to 'share of…  More info

Hanyu 22 Year Old 1986 (Cask 2812) - Part des Anges

Suntory Whisky 100th Anniversary Decanter 1999

70cl, 43%
Suntory

Let's all just take a minute to marvel at this beautiful Suntory decanter. It was filled with blended whisky and released in 1999 to mark Suntory's 100th Anniversary. The blue ceramic bottle is…  More info

Suntory Whisky 100th Anniversary Decanter 1999

Karuizawa 16 Year Old 1997 - Rare Vintage

70cl, 62%
Karuizawa

From the now silent and legendary Karuizawa Distillery comes this exceedingly rare 16 Year Old. Look, it literally says it's rare on the label. This particular bottle was distilled in 1997 and…  More info

Karuizawa 16 Year Old 1997 - Rare Vintage

Yamazaki 15 Year Old 1993 (cask 3Q70047) - The Cask of Yamazaki

70cl, 62%
Yamazaki

A heavily peated and extremely rare bottling from Suntory, dubbed The Cask of Yamazaki! It was distilled in Japan back in May 1993, and left to age in the Ohmi Aging Cellar in a single American white…  More info

Yamazaki 15 Year Old 1993 (cask 3Q70047) - The Cask of Yamazaki

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.9%
Karuizawa

Precious, precious Karuizawa... This is the first bottling of Karuizawa single malt Japanese whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and it's absolutely astonishing. The whisky from Karuizawa has…  More info

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (59%)

70cl, 59%
Yamazakura

From Sasanokawa Shuzo's 963 range comes an 8 year old blended malt, not often seen outside of Japan! Sasanokawa Shuzo also produce the Yamazakura range of whiskies, and have been producing whisky…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (59%)

Hibiki Millennium 2000

Hibiki

A very collectible bottling of Hibiki blended whisky from Japan, released in celebration of the new Millennium. Nothing to do with the Willennium, mind. Lovely shiny label on this one, too. This…  More info

Hibiki Millennium 2000

Golden Horse Musashi

70cl, 43%
Golden Horse

Musashi is the pure malt expression from the Golden Horse range, which was relaunched in 2016 alongside the Bushu blended whisky. Golden Horse whiskies are made by Toashuzo, a lesser-known but…  More info

Golden Horse Musashi

Suntory Royal 12 Year Old Millennium

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A bottle of Suntory Royal 12 Year Old, dubbed Millennium. Suntory Royal was originally released in the 1960s in celebration of Suntory's 60th anniversary, and then this bottling was released to…  More info

Suntory Royal 12 Year Old Millennium

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu IPA Cask Finished 2017

70cl, 57.5%
Ichiro

A rare release of single malt from the Ichiro's Malt series, featuring Chichibu single malt whisky finished in casks that previously held IPA beer. Very collectible and likely delicious. This…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu IPA Cask Finished 2017

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The second of the two Sherry-influenced Malts in the Kurayoshi portfolio (the first being The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask), The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask is a 100% malted barley whisky, which was…  More info

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask

Nikka Black Memorial Special Blend - 1990s

72cl, 40%
Nikka

Here we have the limited edition Black Memorial Special Blend from Nikka, which we reckon was produced in the 1990s. You don't have to wear the same attire as the fellow on the label to drink it, but…  More info

Nikka Black Memorial Special Blend - 1990s

Ichiro's Malt The Game Hanyu - 3rd Edition

70cl, 57.5%
Hanyu

A rare bottling of Hanyu single malt Japanese whisky, bottled as part of the Ichiro's Mat series. This 3rd edition bottling of The Game was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2012 with an outturn of…  More info

Ichiro's Malt The Game Hanyu - 3rd Edition

Karuizawa 1985 Single Cask 7017

70cl, 60.8%
Karuizawa

Single cask Japanese whisky. This was distilled at the Karuizawa distillery in 1985 and matured in single cask number 7017 before bottling at cask strength on the 16th October 2009. This bottle…  More info

Karuizawa 1985 Single Cask 7017

Suntory 12 Year Old Pure Malt - 1990s

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A 1990s bottling of single malt from Suntory, focusing on the Suntory brand rather than one of the company's specific distilleries. This 12 year old expression was bottled at 43% ABV. This bottle…  More info

Suntory 12 Year Old Pure Malt - 1990s

Yoichi Rum Wood Finish (bottled 2017)

70cl, 46%
Yoichi

A bottle of Yoichi single malt from Japanese whisky producers Nikka! This expression has been finished in a rum cask for a minimum of 12 months, before being bottled in 2017. An intriguing and tasty…  More info

Yoichi Rum Wood Finish (bottled 2017)

Yoichi Bourbon Wood Finish (bottled 2018)

70cl, 46%
Yoichi

Single malt Japanese whisky from Nikka's Yoichi distillery, finished for one year in first-fill bourbon casks and bottled in 2018. The result boasts both complex sweet and savoury flavours, with a…  More info

Yoichi Bourbon Wood Finish (bottled 2018)

Miyagikyo Rum Wood Finish (bottled 2017)

70cl, 46%
Miyagikyo

From Japanese whisky extraordinaires Nikka comes a rum-cask-finished single malt produced at the Miyagikyo distillery. This no age statement whisky enjoyed a finishing period of at least 12 months in…  More info

Miyagikyo Rum Wood Finish (bottled 2017)

Miyagikyo Bourbon Wood Finish (bottled 2018)

70cl, 46%
Miyagikyo

This complex no age statement single malt was produced at the Miyagikyo distillery on Japan's Honshu Island, and then finished in a bourbon barrels for one year beofre being bottled in 2018. With…  More info

Miyagikyo Bourbon Wood Finish (bottled 2018)

Miyagikyo Sherry Wood Finish (bottled 2018)

70cl, 46%
Miyagikyo

A no age statement single malt distilled at Miyagikyo, whose climate isn't too dissimilar to that of the Cairngorn mountains in Scotland. This one was finished for one year in sherry casks before it…  More info

Miyagikyo Sherry Wood Finish (bottled 2018)

Karuizawa 10 Year Old 100% Malt Whisky

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

A very rare old bottling of 10 year old single malt from the Karuizawa distillery. Bottles of whisky from this closed Japanese distillery are rare as hen's teeth and significantly more sought after.…  More info

Karuizawa 10 Year Old 100% Malt Whisky

Suntory Old Whisky Gift Set - 1970s

152cl, 43%
Suntory

Two antique bottles of Suntory Old Whisky within one antique gift set! A great piece for Japanese whisky collectors - we believe it was produced in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Suntory Old Whisky Gift Set - 1970s

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky

72cl, 43%
Suntory

A Japanese blended whisky from the legendary Suntory company. The expression was originally produced in honour of Suntory's 60th anniversary. An impressive whisky with a rather beautiful bottle, too.  More info

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky

Suntory 12 Year Old Pure Malt - 1980s

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A 12 year old Japanese single malt from Suntory from back in the days when the term "Pure Malt" was the phrase to use. Very collectible indeed. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Suntory 12 Year Old Pure Malt - 1980s

Hanyu 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 362)

70cl, 56.1%
Hanyu

A collectible bottling of Japanese single malt from the Hanyu distillery, which was distilled back in 2000 and allowed to mature in a single cask until 2016. 2000 was the last year in which Hanyu…  More info

Hanyu 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 362)

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