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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 whisky Japanese 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.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

Harmony - a rather apt word to describe this well-balanced Japanese blended whisky from the Hibiki range. Hibiki Japanese Harmony is made with malt whiskies from the Yamazaki and Hakushu…  More info

Hibiki Japanese Harmony
56
$71.30
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Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

50cl, 51.4%
Nikka

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel is one of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world. An incredible Japanese whisky, so much power! We can't recommend this enough.  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
134
$42.32
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The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

70cl, 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
44
$63.15
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The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

From the Hakushu distillery in the foothills of Mount Kaikomagatake comes their Distiller's Reserve single malt whisky, a no-age-statement expression, that captures the smoky, herbaceous…  More info

The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve
22
$59.88
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Yoichi Single Malt

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

The latest Yoichi single malt will replace both the previous NAS release and the remaining age statement whiskies. The change comes as demand continues to stretch Nikka's aged stock, with this new…  More info

Yoichi Single Malt
11
$81.13
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Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

70cl, 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
20
$60.85
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Hibiki 12 Year Old (50cl)

50cl, 43%
Hibiki

A 50cl bottling of Suntory's excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, including malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries. Sadly, this expression was discontinued by Suntory back in…  More info

Hibiki 12 Year Old (50cl)
2
$381.43

The Nikka 12 Year Old

70cl, 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
5
$102.83
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Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

70cl, 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
39
$60.40
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Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

70cl, 45%
Nikka

While most distilleries use their Coffey stills only to make grain whisky, Nikka use the two Coffey stills at their Miyagikyo distillery to create malt whisky too. The Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky was…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky
20
$60.85
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Mars Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature of Shinshu

70cl, 52%
Mars

The third release in the Nature of Shinshu range from Mars Shinshu is the Shinanotanpopo single malt Japanese whisky, which was made by combining a well-aged whisky from their warehouses with a much…  More info

Mars Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature of Shinshu
1
$146.83
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Suntory Toki

70cl, 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
2
$35.23

The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

This is the 12 year old Kurayoshi expression - a blended malt from the little-known Matsui Shuzou distillery in Japan's Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with malts sources from Scotland,…  More info

The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old
$158.02

Nikka Pure Malt Black

50cl, 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
13
$50.39
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The Chita

70cl, 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
11
$54.43
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Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old

70cl, 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
22
$218.53
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Kirin Fuji-Sanroku

70cl, 50%
Kirin

Blended Japanese whisky from Kirin's Fuji Gotemba distillery, which is situated in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. In fact, the label even calls this whisky "A gift from Mt. Fuji", making it a much better…  More info

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku
$56.66

Nikka Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%
Nikka

From the Japanese distillers Nikka comes their blended whisky, the Nikka Blended Whisky. Yep, that's it. A simple name, a minimalist bottle, a refined label - the focus here is on the expertly-made…  More info

Nikka Blended Whisky
13
$37.96
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Miyagikyo Single Malt

70cl, 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
4
$81.24
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Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu

70cl, 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
1
$136.23
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Golden Horse Bushu

70cl, 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
$56.48

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength

70cl, 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
$127.45

White Oak Akashi Single Malt

50cl, 46%
White Oak Distillery

Single malt Japanese whisky from the Akashi range, produced by White Oak in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. This non-age-statement release ought to prove rather interesting for whisky adventurers looking…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt
5
$76.23
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Nikka All Malt

70cl, 40%
Nikka

A blended Japanese whisky from Nikka made with malt from Yoichi and a combination of malt and Coffey Still whisky from Miyagikyou.  More info

Nikka All Malt
18
$42.32
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Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries

70cl, 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
3
$108.92

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