Japanese Whisky

Despite Japanese whisky only coming to global prominence in the last 15 years, Japan has been making whisky commercially since 1923!

The two founding names of Japanese whisky were Shinjiro Torii, the founder of the Suntory brand and subsequently Japan's first (and most famous) distillery, Yamazaki and Masataka Taketsuru, distillery manager at Yamazaki and founder of the other great brand Nikka, who founded his first distillery, Yoichi to the north in Hokkaido, in 1939.  Though created in the Scottish style (Taketsuru studied at Balblair and Springbank among other distilleries before working for Suntory) Japanese whiskies tend to be slightly lighter and more delicate, with a perfumed and sweet flavour that can swing to sherried and slightly smokey depending on the style. 

The last decade has seen a ravenous demand for Japanese whisky, so much so that older stock of whisky has nearly been completely exhausted, leading to a global shortage of stock and inevitable price rice.  Whether its older Yamazaki, single cask Nikka or bottlings of the legendary silent distillery Karuizawa. Japanese whisky is a must for any serious whisky collector and a style that should be tried by any serious whisky fan.

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  1. The annual limited release Mars. Komagatake 2019 is an excellent single malt produced at the Mars Shinshu distillery and like its 2018 predecessor, it is a combination of peated and unpeated malts and is matured in a combination of bourbon barrels ... Click for more info

    £123.95
    • Distillery
    • Mars Shinshu

    • Description
    • Komagatake Limited Edition 2019

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2019

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP11909

  2. The Komagatake Limited Edition 2018 is a blend of whiskies that have spent at least 3 years in either Bourbon or American White Oak casks and aged entirely at Shinshu. But don't be fooled by the young age. With he Shinshu Distillery the highest in ... Click for more info

    £123.95
    • Distillery
    • Mars Shinshu

    • Description
    • Komagatake Limited Edition 2018

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon & American Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP11908

  3. A new Nikka Gift pack release just in time for the gifting season.  The sleek pack contains the following;

    1 x Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky 70cl

    1 x Nikka Branded Tasting Glass with Lid

    ... Click for more info
    £63.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka

    • Description
    • Coffey Grain Tasting Glass With Lid Gift Set

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Gift Packaging

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2019

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP11415

  4. From Suntory's flagship distillery comes one of the world's most desirable whiskies. Matured in Oloroso sherry casks, this single malt from Japan's Yamazaki distillery has been aged for a quarter of a century to produce a decadently rich whisky.

    Limited ... Click for more info

    £6,499.95
    • Distillery
    • Yamazaki

    • Description
    • Japanese Single Malt - Limited Release

    • Cask Wood
    • Oloroso Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 25 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2019

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP11272

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

    Creamy and sweet on the palate. A liquid dessert ... Click for more info

    £56.95
    • Distillery
    • Mars Shinshu

    • Description
    • Maltage Cosmo

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon & American Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP11260

  6. The Kaikyo Distillery (named after the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge that lies at the foot of the distillery) is located near Akashi, a city located in southern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, on the Seto Inland Sea west of Kobe.  The Yonesawa family have been ... Click for more info

    £31.95
    • Distillery
    • Kaikyo

    • Description
    • Hatozaki Japanese Blended

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2019

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP10197

  7. A lesser known Japanese whisky producer (certainly when compared to Suntory and Nikka) but with a rich history and quality.  Mars Shinshu distillery was built in 1985, at an altitude of 798 metres in the small village of Miyata in Nagano prefecture ... Click for more info

    £132.95
    • Distillery
    • Mars Shinshu

    • Description
    • Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature Of Shinshu

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon & Sherry Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP10132

  8. Nikka Days is an elegant blend of grain and malt whiskies from Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Ideal for the Spring season, Nikka Days is packaged in a distinctive bright yellow bottle reminiscent of the Japanese sun. This smooth, ... Click for more info

    £38.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka

    • Description
    • Days Blended Japanese

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2019

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP10064

  9. Yep, That Boutique-y Whisky Company have only gone and bottled some Karuizawa, arguably the most collectable and rarest whisky... in the world.

    This first batch has been aged for 19 years and limited to just 186 bottles worldwide, this is as ... Click for more info

    £4,999.95
    • Distillery
    • Karuizawa (silent)

    • Description
    • That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Batch #1

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • That Boutique-Y

    • Age
    • 19 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9731

  10. A very limited edition bottle of Harmony to celebrate 30 years. Inspired by a traditional kimono pattern, the bottle is embellished with the tabane-noshi, a traditional Japanese symbol of celebration that has often adorned precious gifts since ancient ... Click for more info

    £489.95
    • Distillery
    • Hibiki

    • Description
    • Harmony 30th Anniversary Special Edition

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon & Sherry Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9722

  11. Just 60 bottles of this extrememly rare 31 year old were produced.  as usual with Karuizawa this is a grade A investment bottle.

    Nose: Lardy cake: layers of bread, spice, brown sugar and umami richness. Umami richness. Citrus boiled sweet ... Click for more info

    £24,999.95
    • Distillery
    • Karuizawa (silent)

    • Description
    • Murasaki Geisha

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Wooden Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 31 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9635

  12. A cask strength version of this teaspooned Japanese whisky.  Matured in Mizunara, seen as one of the most expensive but desireable casks to work with, as it adds flavours of sandalwood, vanilla, oriental spice and coconut.

    Oily, spicy, ... Click for more info

    £109.95
    • Distillery
    • Kaiyo

    • Description
    • Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask Strength

    • Cask Wood
    • Mizunara Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Independent

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9604

  13. An intriguing Japanese whisky from un-named distilleries, most from one well known one and a small amount from another, added so not to be labelled a single malt.  Matureed in indigenous Mizunara oak, which adds a spicy, complex and fruity quality ... Click for more info

    £82.95
    • Distillery
    • Kaiyo

    • Description
    • Japanese Mizunara Oak

    • Cask Wood
    • Mizunara Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Independent

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9603

  14. Free bottle of Tonic & Bottle of Hibiscus with every bottle purchased.

    Meaning Time in Japanese Toki is a blend of Japanese Grain and Malt whiskies from Suntory's Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries and a great way ... Click for more info

    £29.90
    • Distillery
    • Suntory

    • Description
    • (Plus Free Tonic & Hibiscus) Toki Blended

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon & Sherry Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9335

  15. This blended whisky was created as a memorial to Rita, a liquid love letter if you will, from the founder of Nikka to his Scottish wife Rita. In 2020 Nikka are celebrating 100 years since Rita and Taketsuru were married. This product was launched in ... Click for more info

    £49.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka

    • Description
    • Super Nikka Rare Old

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8935

  16. “I wanted to reveal the whisky’s soul that is the art of Mizunara – a heightened sense and awakened palate, engaged through aromas and flavours never known before,” said Suntory’s chief blender, Shinji Fukuyo.

    Age ... Click for more info

    £4,399.95
    • Distillery
    • Yamazaki

    • Description
    • Mizunara Oak Cask 2017 Edition

    • Cask Wood
    • Mizunara Oak

    • Packaging
    • Wooden Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 18 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2017

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8380

  17. The first ever single grain Whisky from the Chita distillery which has been matured in a combination of Sherry, Bourbon and Wine casks.

    This is normally blended with The yamazaki and Hakushu single malts for the Hibiki range of Blends, so interesting ... Click for more info

    £49.95
    • Distillery
    • Chita

    • Description
    • Single Grain Japanese

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon & Sherry Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2017

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8101

  18. It's easy to see why this wonderful blend from Suntory wins so many awards, so well balanced and simply unctuous.

    Hibiki means reonance in Japanese and uses over 30 different whiskies from the Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries all of ... Click for more info

    £4,299.95
    • Distillery
    • Hibiki

    • Description
    • Blended Japanese

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Satin Lined Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 30 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP7118

  19. Miyagikyo distillery was Nikka's second distillery, built in 1969 in the mountains of Sendai. Miyagikyo Single Malt is aromatic, fruity, and floral, in contrast the the subtly smoky, coastal whiskies from Yoichi. The whisky has aromas and flavours ... Click for more info

    £79.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka Miyagikyo

    • Description
    • Miyagikyo Single Malt

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2016

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP7069

  20. Nikka's first distillery, Yoichi, was founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru. He chose the fishing town of Yoichi due its environmental similarities to Scotland, where he leared to make whisky. Yoichi Single Malt is bold and robust in character, with ... Click for more info

    £79.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka Yoichi

    • Description
    • Yoichi Single Malt

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2016

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP7068

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