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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.

Ichiro's Malt & Grain 3cl Sample

3cl, 46%
Ichiro

A lovely blended whisky from Japan, created by Ichiro Akuto, the Japanese whisky extraordinaire. This particular gem is made with both malt and grain whisky from Japan as well as (possibly) some…  More info

Ichiro's Malt & Grain 3cl Sample

Yamazaki Puncheon 2011 3cl Sample

3cl, 48%
Yamazaki

A more recent addition to the Yamazaki line, Puncheon is bottled at the higher strength of 48%, and it was matured in a large 480 litre puncheon cask, which affords the whisky a slower maturation…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2011 3cl Sample

Nikka 1995 Single Cask Coffey Grain 3cl Sample

3cl, 60%
Nikka

A single cask Coffey grain whisky from Nikka. Coffey grain is whisky distilled in a Coffey column still, Nikka have had great success with several exquisite Coffey grain whisky in the past. This was…  More info

Nikka 1995 Single Cask Coffey Grain 3cl Sample

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts 3cl Sample

3cl, 55.4%
Ichiro

An incredible addition to the Ichiro's Malt Card range. Each whisky, in very modish style, is named after a playing card. We love them! This was distilled at the Hanyu distillery in 1986, and aged in…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts 3cl Sample

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs 3cl Sample

3cl, 57.4%
Ichiro

Part of the cult Ichiro's malt range of playing-card themed whiskies, distilled at the Hanyu distillery. This Five of Clubs was finished in a Japanese Mizunara oak Hogshead! Part of a release of just…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs 3cl Sample

Hanyu 21 Year Old 1988 (cask 9306) - Noh Whisky 3cl Sample

3cl, 55.6%
Hanyu

A very special Hanyu bottled by Number One Drinks. This was distilled in 1988, aged for 21 years in Spanish Oak Sherry Butt number 9306 before bottling in 2009. A release of 625 bottles. This has one…  More info

Hanyu 21 Year Old 1988 (cask 9306) - Noh Whisky 3cl Sample

Miyagikyo 1990 Single Cask (Nikka) 3cl Sample

3cl, 61%
Miyagikyo

A Japanese single cask whisky from Nikka. This was distilled at Miyagikyo in 1990 and matured for 19 years in cask number 36385 before bottling at cask strength in July of 2009.  More info

Miyagikyo 1990 Single Cask (Nikka) 3cl Sample

Yoichi 1989 3cl Sample

3cl, 55%
Yoichi

The stunning 1989 vintage Yoichi, this overwhelmingly put together, aged in bourbon, new oak and an Oloroso sherry butt. The results are very full bodied and utterly characteristic of a Japanese…  More info

Yoichi 1989 3cl Sample

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 3cl Sample

3cl, 48%
Yamazaki

A wonderfully full bodied malt from Yamazaki. This was aged in first fill Oloroso sherry butts for around 12 to 15 years. A limited release of 16,000 bottles.  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 3cl Sample

Chichibu Double Matured Newborn Cask No. 446 3cl Sample

3cl, 61.3%
Chichibu

A finished new make from the new Chichibu distillery in Japan. This was initially matured in a bourbon barrel, before a finish in a new American oak hogshead. Distilled from Braemer non-peated…  More info

Chichibu Double Matured Newborn Cask No. 446 3cl Sample

Hanyu 1991 Cask 370 3cl Sample

3cl, 57.3%
Hanyu

A single cask from the Hanyu distillery in South Japan. Distilled in 1991, matured in a hogshead and finished in Japanese oak before bottling 2009. An outturn of 361 bottles.  More info

Hanyu 1991 Cask 370 3cl Sample

The Fuji Gotemba 15 Year Old Single Grain Whisky 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Fuji Gotemba

A very rare and hard-to-come-by Japanese grain whisky from the Fuji Gotemba distillery. It was founded in 1973 by Kirin, and is highly unusual.  More info

The Fuji Gotemba 15 Year Old Single Grain Whisky 3cl Sample

Hanyu 1990 "The Wave" Cask 9305 3cl Sample

3cl, 53%
Hanyu

A very rare bottling of single cask Hanyu, this was bottled from cask 9305, and there are just 200 bottles, all at natural cask strength. Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded it a very impressive 91…  More info

Hanyu 1990

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries 3cl Sample

3cl, 46%
Ichiro

From the cracking Ichiro’s Malt range, this is a vatting of whisky from both the Hanyu and Chichibu distilleries. The whisky was matured in Japanese oak, and vatted and bottled at Chichibu in 2010.  More info

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries 3cl Sample
$8.33

Yoichi Sherry & Sweet 3cl Sample

3cl, 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 3cl Sample

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1976 (cask 6719) - Noh Whisky 3cl Sample

3cl, 63%
Karuizawa

A very well aged dram! This 32 year old was distilled at Karuizawa in 1976 and matured in a sherry butt, single cask number 6719. Noh is a form of Japanese theatre, the label features a Noh performer.  More info

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1976 (cask 6719) - Noh Whisky 3cl Sample

Karuizawa Five Decades 3cl Sample

3cl, 61.4%
Karuizawa

An exciting bottling of Karuizawa single malt whisky, made with whisky spanning five decades of distillation at the now-closed site. It was originally released for the Japanese department store,…  More info

Karuizawa Five Decades 3cl Sample

Karuizawa 35 Year Old 1981 (cask 6412) - Fazzino 3cl Sample

3cl, 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 3cl Sample
$696.93

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%) 3cl Sample

3cl, 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%) 3cl Sample
$8.51

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask 3cl Sample

3cl, 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 3cl Sample
$17.22

Hibiki 21 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu 3cl Sample

3cl, 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 3cl Sample
$74.97

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask 3cl Sample

3cl, 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 3cl Sample
$18.26

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2019) 3cl Sample

3cl, 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) 3cl Sample
$18.76

The Kurayoshi Tottori 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The Tottori range from Japan's Kurayoshi is a series of blended whisky made with Scottish and Japanese malts and grains. This is the flagship expression from the range, which the producers recommend…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori 3cl Sample
$5.15

The Nikka Tailored 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Nikka

A fabulous Japanese blended whisky from Nikka, Tailored brings together a core of malted barley from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, along with Coffey still grain whisky! A brilliant balance…  More info

The Nikka Tailored 3cl Sample
$11.01

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