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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.

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Nikka

This is a great 17 year old blended malt named for Nikka's founder, the whisky-pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old 3cl Sample
$17.65

Hibiki 21 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Hibiki

Hibiki 21 was named World's Best Blended Whisky at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards and was awarded 96 points in Jim Murray's 2014 Whisky Bible. Dr. Whisky says it's 'Unbelievably balanced, and…  More info

Hibiki 21 Year Old 3cl Sample
$39.62

Okayama Single Malt 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Miyashita

A single malt Japanese whisky from the Miyashita Distillery, in the Okayama Prefecture in the south of Japan. Miyashita produced the whisky in celebration of their 100th anniversary (they have long…  More info

Okayama Single Malt 3cl Sample
$14.47

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%) 3cl Sample

3cl, 43.8%
Chugoku Jozo

Chugoku Jozo's 18 year old whisky blended in Japan from Scottish malt and Canadian grain. Part of the Togouchi range, it's aged in a railway tunnel rather than a warehouse! This is the 43.8% abv…  More info

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%) 3cl Sample
$14.89

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
$7.50

The Kurayoshi 18 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 50%
Kurayoshi

18 year old blended malt from the Kurayoshi range, created by the Matsui Shuzou distillery. Though not very well-known, Matsui Shuzou have created some rather marvellous expression for this series,…  More info

The Kurayoshi 18 Year Old 3cl Sample
$19.51

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) 3cl Sample

3cl, 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) 3cl Sample
$191.32

Hakushu 18 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Hakushu

A fantastic 18 year old Japanese whisky from the Hakushu distillery, a malty, fruity whisky of real quality.  More info

Hakushu 18 Year Old 3cl Sample
$24.21

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

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
$242.18

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 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) 3cl Sample

3cl, 50.1%
Karuizawa

That Boutique-y Whisky Company has got its hands on another parcel of precious, precious Karuizawa single malt! After closing in 2000, whisky from this distillery has become rare as hen's teeth, and…  More info

Karuizawa 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) 3cl Sample
$256.98

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

Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu 3cl Sample

3cl, 52%
Shinshu

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
$12.04

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

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

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

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging 3cl Sample

3cl, 59%
Shinshu

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
$13.29

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
$158.15

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

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