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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.

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
36
$59.30

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
108
$42.26

Hibiki Japanese Harmony

70cl, 43%
Suntory

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
45
$65.89

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
16
$60.39

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select

70cl, 43%
Suntory

Originally released for the Travel Retail Market, Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select is a smashing Japanese blended whisky that displays a harmonious flavour profile (as you might expect from…  More info

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select
5
$102.16

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
16
$60.81

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
$137.39

Hakushu 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

This whisky hails from the Japanese distillery of Hakushu set in a forest and was once twice the size with an east and west distillery on the site.  More info

Hakushu 12 Year Old
29
$98.87

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
14
$61.37

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
1
$103.31

Mars Komagatake 30 Year Old 1986

70cl, 61%
Mars

A very rare bottling of 30 year old Japanese single malt from the little-known Shinshu distillery. This was distilled in 1986, a year after the parent company Hombo Shuzo opened up a distillery in…  More info

Mars Komagatake 30 Year Old 1986
$1,923.41

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
16
$40.81

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%)

70cl, 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%)
$126.34

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
33
$60.92

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
$74.14

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
$50.82

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
2
$54.89

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt

70cl, 59%
Sasanokawa Shuzo

From Sasanokawa Shuzo's 963 range comes an 8 year old blended malt, not often seen outside of Japan! Sasanokawa Shuzo also produce the Yamazakura range of whiskies, and have been producing whisky…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt
$85.68

Golden Horse Musashi

70cl, 43%
Golden Horse

Musashi is the pure malt expression from the Golden Horse range, which was relaunched in 2016 alongside the Bushu blended whisky. Golden Horse whiskies are made by Toashuzo, a lesser-known but…  More info

Golden Horse Musashi
$71.38

963 Malt & Grain

70cl, 59%
Sasanokawa Shuzo

An interesting blended whisky from Japanese producer, Sasanokawa Shuzo (whom are also the chaps behind the Yamazakura whiskies). As noted on the label, Sasanokawa Shuzo got into the whisky game back…  More info

963 Malt & Grain
$51.60

Nikka Pure Malt Red

50cl, 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
2
$48.35

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
11
$38.29

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

Togouchi is a blended Japanese whisky from the producers Chugoku Jozo, who mature their whisky in a tunnel rather than a warehouse. The name comes from where the tunnel is located, in the town of…  More info

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky
10
$45.07

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
$51.60

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky

50cl, 40%
Eigashima Shuzō

A Japanese blended whisky that has been the subject of some controversy. The bottling for the home market in Japan is made with malt whisky and molasses spirit, which would not be classed as 'whisky'…  More info

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky
15
$33.67

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