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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 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)

Nikka Pure Malt Spice Rack Set

150cl, 43%
Nikka

Nikka have eschewed using a box or case or what-have-you to present these three Pure Malt whiskies and gone for something a little different: a spice rack! This set includes a 50cl bottle of all…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Spice Rack Set

Karuizawa 1984 (bottled 2013) (cask 3663)

70cl, 56.8%
Karuizawa

Precious, precious Karuizawa... This is a 1984 vintage Japanese single malt from the legendary closed distillery, aged in a single Sherry cask until it was bottled in 2013 at cask strength. A great…  More info

Karuizawa 1984 (bottled 2013) (cask 3663)

Mars Komagatake 2014 (bottled 2017) (cask 1782)

70cl, 61.8%
Shinshu

From the little-known Shinshu distillery comes a single cask Japanese whisky bottled for La Maison du Whisky (following on from the 2012 vintage released by La Maison du Whisky in celebration of…  More info

Mars Komagatake 2014 (bottled 2017) (cask 1782)

Suntory Hibiki Blended Whisky

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

An old bottle of Hibiki blended whisky from Suntory, bottled without an age statement - but with a shiny gold presentation box. Swings and roundabouts. This bottle was part of a private collection…  More info

Suntory Hibiki Blended Whisky

Suntory Whisky White (192cl) - 1990s

192cl, 40%
Suntory

A Large bottle of Japanese blended whisky from Suntory, released in the 1990s. White was the first whisky made by Suntory, all the way back in 1923, created by founder Shinjiro Torii. This bottle…  More info

Suntory Whisky White (192cl) - 1990s

Yoichi & Miyagikyo Rum Cask Finish Set

140cl, 46%
Nikka

This set from legendary Japanese whisky producers Nikka features two 70cl bottles of Japanese single malt whisky - one from the Yoichi distillery, and one from the Miyagikyo distillery. Both of these…  More info

Yoichi & Miyagikyo Rum Cask Finish Set

Nikka Taketsuru on the Road Set

350cl, 42.4%
Nikka

An incredibly handsome set from Nikka, honouring the company's celebrated founder, Masataka Taketsuru. This suitcase contains five different 70cl bottles of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru on the Road Set

Mars Komagatake 30 Year Old 1986

70cl, 61%
Shinshu

A very rare bottling of 30 year old Japanese single malt from the little-known Shinshu distillery. This was distilled in 1986, a year after the parent company Hombo Shuzo opened up a distillery in…  More info

Mars Komagatake 30 Year Old 1986

Mars Shinshu 2013 (bottled 2016) (cask 1664) - Number One Drinks Company 10th Anniversary

70cl, 58.9%
Shinshu

Single cask Japanese single malt from the little-known Shinshu distillery. It distilled in 2013 (a short while after Shinshu reopened following a period of inactivity) and matured in a bourbon barrel…  More info

Mars Shinshu 2013 (bottled 2016) (cask 1664) - Number One Drinks Company 10th Anniversary

Suntory Kakushiro White Label

70cl, 40%
Suntory

A classic blended whisky from Suntory - a bit dryer and lighter than their stalwart Suntory Kakubin Yellow Label.  More info

Suntory Kakushiro White Label

Chichibu The Peated 2012 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 54.5%
Chichibu

This is the 2012 vintage Japanese peated single malt from Chichibu, released as part of the Ichiro's Malt series. It was bottled in 2016 at 54.5% ABV, with 6,350 bottles produced. Always very popular…  More info

Chichibu The Peated 2012 (bottled 2016)

Karuizawa 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 136)

70cl, 55.3%
Karuizawa

Whiskies from the sadly-closed Karuizawa distillery in Japan are rare, collectible and highly-sought after by whisky aficionados - and this one is very much worth paying attention to. It's a 33 year…  More info

Karuizawa 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 136)

Ichiro's Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old

70cl, 46.5%
Ichiro

A rare and incredibly exciting bottling of 15 year old Hanyu Japanese single malt whisky, bottled as part of the Ichiro's Malt range from stocks acquired by the eponymous Ichiro Akuto after Hanyu…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old

Karuizawa 1981 (bottled 2011) (cask 6256)

70cl, 57.5%
Karuizawa

Very rare whisky from the closed Karuizawa distillery in Japan, bottled by the Number One Drinks Company. It's a 1981 vintage, drawn from a first-fill Sherry cask which was bottled in 2011 with an…  More info

Karuizawa 1981 (bottled 2011) (cask 6256)

Hanyu 1990 (bottled 2007) (cask 9511)

70cl, 55.5%
Hanyu

A rare bottling of single malt whisky from Japan's Hanyu distillery, which sadly closed in the early 2000s. This particular bottling was distilled in 1990 and aged in a bourbon hogshead. Following a…  More info

Hanyu 1990 (bottled 2007) (cask 9511)

Nikka Coffey Grain 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 209699)

70cl, 63%
Nikka

A single cask bottling of Nikka Coffey Grain whisky, distilled using their Coffey stills in December 1999 and left to mature in cask #209699 until July 2014. It has been bottled at an impressive cask…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 209699)

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel Cocktail Set

50cl, 51.4%
Nikka

We've said it before - many times in fact - Nikka's Whisky from the Barrel is staggeringly good stuff, with just the right balance of toffee sweetness and rich malty flavour and a tinge of smoke for…  More info

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel Cocktail Set

Yoichi Sherry & Sweet

50cl, 55%
Yoichi

From a series of Yoichi Japanese single malt with particular descriptive names, this is the Yoichi Sherry & Sweet. Now, we know what you're thinking. "I bet this rare expression is well-Sherried and…  More info

Yoichi Sherry & Sweet

Nikka Coffey Malt 11 Year Old 2003 (cask 130541)

70cl, 58%
Nikka

A single cask release of Nikka Coffey Malt, which is just what it sounds like - malt whisky distilled using a Coffey still. It's not technically a single malt because it wasn't made using a pot…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 11 Year Old 2003 (cask 130541)

Miyagikyo Fruity & Rich

50cl, 55%
Miyagikyo

This is a collectible bottling of Japanese single malt from the Miyagikyo distillery, with quite a 'to-the-point' name. It's Fruity & Rich - by name and by nature. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Miyagikyo Fruity & Rich

Miyagikyo Sherry Cask

70cl, 48%
Miyagikyo

One of two limited edition expressions released by Nikka in 2015 (along with the Yoichi Heavily Peated). The Miyagikyo Sherry Cask single malt is exactly what it sounds like - tasty whisky from the…  More info

Miyagikyo Sherry Cask

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1984 (cask 3662)

70cl, 61%
Karuizawa

A rather beautiful bottling of 29 year old Japanese single malt whisky from the Karuizawa distillery, distilled in 1984 and matured in a Sherry cask. The distillery sadly shut its doors for the last…  More info

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1984 (cask 3662)

Karuizawa 1982 Cask 8497 - Koi

70cl, 46%
Karuizawa

A fantastic bourbon-matured Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982. It's a single cask whisky from the distillery's Koi range and, accordingly, it features a nice drawing of a carp on the…  More info

Karuizawa 1982 Cask 8497 - Koi

Mars Komagatake 2012 (bottled 2016) (cask 1555) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 58.8%
Shinshu

A single cask offering of Japanese whisky from the little-known Shinshu distillery, bottled as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. It was distilled in 2012 (a year after the…  More info

Mars Komagatake 2012 (bottled 2016) (cask 1555) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

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