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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.

Tenjaku Whisky 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Tenjaku

A tasty blended Japanese whisky here, Tanjaku is made with corn and barley, and aged in American white oak bourbon barrels. The Japanese characters you can spot on the label translate to "hibari",…  More info

Tenjaku Whisky 3cl Sample
$4.71
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Nikka Pure Malt Black 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Nikka

Jim Murray scored different batches of Pure Malt Black with 92 and 95 points respectively. This is a great dram, a blended malt made up of whisky from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Full…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Black 3cl Sample
$7.83
$5.74

Mars Kasei 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Mars

Alas, this whisky isn't really from the planet Mars, but from the Mars Shinshu distillery, which is just as exciting! It is Japan's highest whisky distillery at just under 800 metres, so it's nearly…  More info

Mars Kasei 3cl Sample
$5.78

Nikka Days 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Nikka

Nikka Days is a brilliantly bright blended Japanese whisky from the legendary producer, featuring spirits from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. The slightly peated whisky delicately balances…  More info

Nikka Days 3cl Sample
$6.06

Hatozaki Pure Malt 3cl Sample

3cl, 46%
The Kaikyo Distillery

From the Kaikyo Distilley comes Hatozaki Pure Malt, made with 100% malt whiskies, including stocks distilled in Japan as well as imported malt whiskies. This one features spirits drawn from a trio of…  More info

Hatozaki Pure Malt 3cl Sample
$6.19

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky 3cl Sample

3cl, 45%
Nikka

Using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery, which were imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963, Nikka have produced a number of single cask single grain whiskies from time to time over…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky 3cl Sample
$6.76

Super Nikka 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Nikka

Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info

Super Nikka 3cl Sample
$6.97

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (Old Bottling) 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Nikka

A non-age-statement expression of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. It features plenty of whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery, as well as…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (Old Bottling) 3cl Sample
$6.99

Mars Maltage Cosmo 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Mars

Mars Maltage Cosmo is a blended malt featuring whisky from the little-known Japanese distillery Shinshu, as well as whiskies from undisclosed Scottish distilleries. An intriguing expression...  More info

Mars Maltage Cosmo 3cl Sample
$7.14

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Released in Spring 2014, this is one of two Distiller's Reserve single malt whiskies from Suntory in Japan. This single malt from the Yamazaki distillery is jam-packed with superb red berry notes,…  More info

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve 3cl Sample
$7.21

Nikka Pure Malt Red 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Nikka

Pure Malt Red is a Japanese blended malt in a charming looking bottle! This is made up of malt whisky from the Nikka distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The result is a fruit, creamy, buttery, and…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Red 3cl Sample
$7.29

The Chita 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Chita

Japanese single grain whisky from the Chita distillery, one of the selection of fantastic distilleries owned by Suntory. This is their main expression - a whisky matured in a combination of Sherry,…  More info

The Chita 3cl Sample
$8.03

Togouchi 12 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 12 year old Japanese blended whisky, produced by Chugoku Jozo for the Togouchi range, who age their whiskies in a tunnel (makes a nice change from a warehouse, doesn't it?). Rather peaty, with…  More info

Togouchi 12 Year Old 3cl Sample
$8.43

Miyagikyo Single Malt 3cl Sample

3cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

Replacing the previous NAS Miyagikyo single malt as well as the remaining age statement expressions, this single release will represent the distillery going forward as demand for Japanese whisky…  More info

Miyagikyo Single Malt 3cl Sample
$9

Kaiyo Whisky 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Kaiyo

Kaiyo Whisky is very intriguing indeed, starting out as a teaspooned malt (with the bulk of the malt whisky coming from one distillery, along with a drop of malt whisky from another distillery,…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky 3cl Sample
$9.44

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength 3cl Sample

3cl, 53%
Kaiyo

A cask strength variant of Kaiyo Whisky, a Japanese teaspooned malt which has endured a maturation in mizunara casks - known for being expensive though difficult for coopers to work with. These…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength 3cl Sample
$11.56

The Nikka 12 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Nikka

A fantastic 12 year old blended Japanese whisky from Nikka presented in a bottle that takes its design from the neckline of a kimono. Enjoy neat, over ice or in a classic highball.  More info

The Nikka 12 Year Old 3cl Sample
$13.65

Hakushu 12 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Hakushu

This wonderful peated Japanese single malt whisky hails from Hakushu distillery, owned by Suntory. The distillery resides in the forests of Mt. Kaikomagatake, with the original Hakushu distillery…  More info

Hakushu 12 Year Old 3cl Sample
$21.93

Golden Horse Bushu 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Golden Horse

A blended whisky from the Golden Horse range, owned by Japanese company, Toashuzo. The Golden Horse brand previously had age statements on their labels, though since relaunching in 2016 (following a…  More info

Golden Horse Bushu 3cl Sample
$4.93

Hatozaki Blended 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
The Kaikyo Distillery

A blended whisky from the Kaikyo Distillery, the Hatozaki blend sees the marriage of both malt and grain whiskies, including whisky distilled in Japan and imported stocks. The whisky is named after…  More info

Hatozaki Blended 3cl Sample
$5.03

963 Malt & Grain (58%) 3cl Sample

3cl, 58%
Yamazakura

963 Malt & Grain is, shock, a blend of malt and grain whiskies! It's produced by Sasanokawa Shuzo, which is also responsible for Yamazakura whiskies. This particular expression has been bottled at…  More info

963 Malt & Grain (58%) 3cl Sample
$5.04

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

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Nikka

The 12 year old variant of Nikka's incredible range of blended malts, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. Very good indeed.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old 3cl Sample

Suntory Toki 3cl Sample

3cl, 43%
Suntory

A blended whisky from Suntory's three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. Toki has a different composition to another Suntory blend, Hibiki, as its main components are Hakashu single malt and…  More info

Suntory Toki 3cl Sample
$5.31

Yamazakura Blended Whisky 3cl Sample

3cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Yamazakura range, which is brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. The name itself a portmanteau of two Japanese terms 'Yama' means 'mountain' and…  More info

Yamazakura Blended Whisky 3cl Sample
$5.32

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