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Japanese Whisky Samples

The Japanese whisky industry owes everything to its two leading figures, Masataka Taketsuru from Nikka and Torii Shinjiro from Suntory, both of whom went on pilgrimages to Scotland to learn the techniques and methods of the Scotch distilleries. There are numerous styles made in Japan, just like in Scotland, including blended whiskies, blended malts, and single malts.

Suntory Kakushiro White Label 3cl Sample

3cl, 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 3cl Sample
$7.10

Yoichi Woody & Vanillic 3cl Sample

3cl, 55%
Yoichi

A rare, interesting release of Yoichi single malt from Nikka which wears its heart on its sleeve. Or, rather, its flavour profile - this expression is titled Woody & Vanillic. This bottle was part…  More info

Yoichi Woody & Vanillic 3cl Sample

Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu 3cl Sample

3cl, 52%
Mars

The second bottling from the Nature of Shinshu series produced by the eponymous Japanese distillery. The Kohiganzakura honours the cherry blossom prevalent in Japan (and around the distillery itself,…  More info

Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu 3cl Sample
$11.40

Hibiki 30 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Hibiki

An absolutely stunning release from Hibiki. This was awarded the Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006 and 2008. It was also awarded the coveted title "World's Best Blended…  More info

Hibiki 30 Year Old 3cl Sample
$149.69

Yamazaki Sherry 2012 3cl Sample

3cl, 48%
Yamazaki

This is a sherry cask matured Japanese Single Malt Whisky from Yamazaki. Rather than blending a selection of different cask types together, Yamazaki have just selected whisky matured in ex-Sherry…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry 2012 3cl Sample
$229.22

Yamazaki 12 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Yamazaki is Suntory's flagship single malt whisky, from Japan's first and oldest malt distillery. This 12 year old first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese…  More info

Yamazaki 12 Year Old 3cl Sample
$10.82

Yamazakura 16 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A 16 year old whisky made from a mashbill of 80% corn and 20% malted barley brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. It was matured in ex-bourbon barrels and only 1,992 bottles have…  More info

Yamazakura 16 Year Old 3cl Sample

Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai 3cl Sample

3cl, 61.6%
Karuizawa

Rare Japanese single malt whisky from the sadly closed Karuizawa, distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2015. It was first presented as a Dream Dram at The Whisky Show 2015. The back label reads: "On…  More info

Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai 3cl Sample

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging 3cl Sample

3cl, 59%
Mars

This single malt from Japan's Shinshu distillery was allowed to mature in the Tsunuki Aging Cellar for three years before being bottled at cask strength. Perhaps a hint of what's to come from the…  More info

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging 3cl Sample
$12.58

Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet 3cl Sample

3cl, 55%
Miyagikyo

A single malt from the Miyagikyo in Japan, with a sweet and Sherried flavour profile. As such, they decided to use a rather straightforward name for this release - Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet. This…  More info

Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet 3cl Sample

Miyagikyo Fruity & Rich 3cl Sample

3cl, 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 3cl Sample

Yamazaki 10 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Yamazaki

Discontinued 10 year old single malt from the Yamazaki distillery, aged in bourbon barrels. A lovely fruity dram, quite floral. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Yamazaki 10 Year Old 3cl Sample

Nikka Coffey Malt 1998 3cl Sample

3cl, 62%
Nikka

Nikka have experimented with distilling malted barley through a Coffey or continuous still which are more commonly used for grain whiskies. Technically this isn't a single malt whisky because it…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 1998 3cl Sample

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48%) 3cl Sample

3cl, 48%
Yamazaki

From Yamazaki, the oldest distillery in Japan, comes the 2013 release of their bourbon barrel-matured single malt whisky. It's made from carefully selected Yamazaki malts which have all been aged in…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48%) 3cl Sample

Yamazaki Puncheon 2013 3cl Sample

3cl, 48%
Yamazaki

The Yamazaki distillery matured the whisky for this release in Puncheon casks, which are much, much larger than your regular hogshead cask. A Hoggie will hold 230 litres, whereas the mighty Puncheon…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2013 3cl Sample

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 3cl Sample

3cl, 48%
Yamazaki

With the 2013 release having been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015, this is a hugely anticipated release of Sherried Japanese whisky. Just 5,000 of these sought-after…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 3cl Sample

Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603) 3cl Sample

3cl, 57.7%
Karuizawa

This is an extremely rare, extremely old bottling from the exulted Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Aged for just over 48 years in a 400-litre Sherry Oak cask, at the time of bottling, it is the oldest…  More info

Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603) 3cl Sample

Yamazaki Mizunara 2013 3cl Sample

3cl, 48%
Yamazaki

2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Yamazaki distillery, which opened in 1923. What better way to celebrate than with another year of their very popular Cask Collection? This is the 2013 release…  More info

Yamazaki Mizunara 2013 3cl Sample

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43%) 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Chugoku Jozo

An 18 year old blended whisky from Japanese producer, Chugoku Jozo. Bottled for the Togouchi range, which are aged in tunnels rather than a warehouse, this is on the higher end of the age scale for…  More info

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43%) 3cl Sample

Miyagikyo Non Age 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Miyagikyo

A no age statement single malt whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery in the Miyagi Prefecture. Characteristic of their expressions, this Miyagikyo single malt features plenty of interplay between…  More info

Miyagikyo Non Age 3cl Sample

Hakushu 25 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Hakushu

A very rare and truly fabulous peated Japanese whisky from Hakushus. This 25 year old was awarded a Silver Medal at the Malt Maniac Awards in 2009, and whisky critic Jim Murray rated it 93 points out…  More info

Hakushu 25 Year Old  3cl Sample
$91.35

Yoichi 20 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 52%
Yoichi

An outstanding single malt from the Yoichi distillery, highly rated by whisky critics - Jim Murray awarded it 95 points. Incredibly mature, even for a 20 year old dram. Delicious!  More info

Yoichi 20 Year Old 3cl Sample

Chichibu The Peated 2010 (bottled 2013) 3cl Sample

3cl, 53.5%
Chichibu

A peated single malt Japanese whisky from the Chichibu range, distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2013. For this release, they peated the barley to 59.6 PPM, resulting in a richly smoky flavour profile…  More info

Chichibu The Peated 2010 (bottled 2013) 3cl Sample

Miyagikyo 12 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

That same purity and balanced as in the Miyagikyou 10 year old, only the 12 offers more body and a stronger sherry character. Very good stuff!  More info

Miyagikyo 12 Year Old 3cl Sample

Yoichi 10 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 45%
Yoichi

A very well made single malt from Japan, Yoichi is the jewel in Nikka's crown, their 10 year old offering notes of vanilla and fruit. One batch of this received 93 points in the Jim Murray Whisky…  More info

Yoichi 10 Year Old 3cl Sample

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