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. Mars Shinshu - Komagatake Limited Edition 2020 Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Komagatake Limited Edition 2020 Whisky

    70cl | 50%

    MARS Whisky unveils its new edition, from its Shinshu distillery, nestled in central Japan. This expression is a blend of ex-Bourbon barrels, for the most part, having rested in the cellars of the distillery, at an altitude of 800 meters. The Single... Click for more info
    £149.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionKomagatake Limited Edition 2020Vintage
    Cask WoodBourbonYear Bottled2020
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP13105
  2. Mars Shinshu - Cosmo Wine Cask Finish Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Cosmo Wine Cask Finish Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Shinshu distillery has been founded in 1985. After a few years out of service, the activity started again in 2011. Cosmo Wine Cask Finish is a limited release 2020 of the classic Cosmo, finished in a Wine C... Click for more info
    £89.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionCosmo Wine Cask FinishVintage
    Cask WoodWineYear Bottled2020
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP13104
  3. Mars Shinshu - Komagatake 2019 - Tsunuki Aging Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Komagatake 2019 - Tsunuki Aging Whisky

    70cl | 56%

    Distilled at Japan’s highest distillery in Shinshu and the new make travelled about 860 km southwest to Tsunuki, a new distillery in Kagoshima, which lies in the southernmost in main island of Japan. Average temperature in Tsunuki is about 8 °C h... Click for more info
    £233.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionKomagatake 2019 - Tsunuki AgingVintage
    Cask WoodBourbonYear Bottled2019
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP12918
  4. Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt Whisky
    Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    Taketsuru Pure Malt is a blended malt named after Nikka’s founder, a disciplined craftsman who was constant in his pursuit of perfection - a characteristic Nikka is pursuing to this day. The new release replaces the previous Pure Malt expression wh... Click for more info
    £62.95
    DistilleryNikka TaketsuruAge
    DescriptionPure MaltVintage
    Cask WoodSherryYear Bottled2020
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP12708
  5. Nikka - Tailored - Premium Japanese Blended Whisky
    Nikka - Tailored - Premium Japanese Blended Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    A new premium blended whisky release from Nikka, Nikka Tailored. Blending is considered an art at Nikka. This whisky consists of a blend of malts from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, along with a smaller proportion of Coffey still grain whisky... Click for more info
    £109.95
    DistilleryNikkaAge
    DescriptionTailored - Premium Japanese BlendedVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & Sherry OakYear Bottled2020
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP12707
  6. Mars Shinshu - Kasei - Blended Japanese Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Kasei - Blended Japanese Whisky

    70cl | 40%

    Mars Kasei blended whisky is a soft, rounded whisky from Shinshu distillery in Japan. the whisky is made from a blend of both malt and grain whiskies, married from a variety of barrels. The nose is full of gentle white flower aromas and notes of swe... Click for more info
    £42.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionKasei - Blended JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodAmerican OakYear Bottled
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP12475
  7. Kaiyo - Japanese Mizunara Oak - The Peated Whisky
    Kaiyo - Japanese Mizunara Oak - The Peated Whisky

    70cl | 46%

    Kaiyo peated is made from imported Scottish peated malt, it spends 2 years in madeira casks, then 6 years in mizunara casks. A fruity, zesty and softly-smoky Japanese whisky, matured in madeira and mizunara oak casks. This has aromas of orange, jasm... Click for more info
    £109.95
    DistilleryKaiyoAge
    DescriptionJapanese Mizunara Oak - The PeatedVintage
    Cask WoodMizunara OakYear Bottled2020
    PackagingUnboxedCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP12450
  8. Mars Shinshu - Komagatake 2019 Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Komagatake 2019 Whisky

    70cl | 48%

    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 an... Click for more info
    £124.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionKomagatake 2019Vintage
    Cask WoodBourbonYear Bottled2019
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11909
  9. Mars Shinshu - Maltage Cosmo Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Maltage Cosmo Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    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 on ... Click for more info
    £55.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionMaltage CosmoVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & American OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11260
  10. Nikka - Coffey Japanese Vodka
    Nikka - Coffey Japanese Vodka

    70cl | 40%

    A new Vodka from the Nikka Distilling Co. Nikla Coffey Vodka is a vodka with flavor and texture. The secret behind this extremely smooth mouthfeel and delicate taste is the quality of Coffey distillates and the preciseness in blending. Corn and barle... Click for more info
    £42.95
    DistilleryNikkaAge
    DescriptionCoffey JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11233
  11. Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt in Wooden Box 21 year old Whisky
    Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt in Wooden Box 21 year old Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    World Whiskies Awards 2018- Best Blended Malt-Best Japanese (21 Years and Over) Featured in the 1001 whiskies you must try before you die book Featured in Ian Buxton's 101 world whiskies to try before you die book A blend of the two Nikka single m... Click for more info
    £999.95
    DistilleryNikka TaketsuruAge21 year old
    DescriptionPure Malt in Wooden BoxVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled2019
    PackagingWooden BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP10190
  12. Nikka - Days Blended Japanese Whisky
    Nikka - Days Blended Japanese Whisky

    70cl | 40%

    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, sw... Click for more info
    £35.95
    DistilleryNikkaAge
    DescriptionDays Blended JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled2019
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP10064
  13. Karuizawa (silent) - Murasaki Geisha 31 year old Whisky
    Karuizawa (silent) - Murasaki Geisha 31 year old Whisky

    70cl | 60.1%

    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 notes... Click for more info
    £24,999.95
    DistilleryKaruizawa (silent)Age31 year old
    DescriptionMurasaki GeishaVintage
    Cask WoodSherryYear Bottled2018
    PackagingWooden BoxCask StrengthYes
    BottlerElixir DistillersHTFW Cat. No.LP9635
  14. Kaiyo - Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask Strength Whisky
    Kaiyo - Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask Strength Whisky

    70cl | 53%

    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, fruity a... Click for more info
    £109.95
    DistilleryKaiyoAge
    DescriptionJapanese Mizunara Oak Cask StrengthVintage
    Cask WoodMizunara OakYear Bottled
    PackagingUnboxedCask StrengthYes
    BottlerIndependentHTFW Cat. No.LP9604
  15. Kaiyo - Japanese Mizunara Oak Whisky
    Kaiyo - Japanese Mizunara Oak Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    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 quali... Click for more info
    £82.95
    DistilleryKaiyoAge
    DescriptionJapanese Mizunara OakVintage
    Cask WoodMizunara OakYear Bottled
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerIndependentHTFW Cat. No.LP9603
  16. Nikka - Coffey Japanese Gin
    Nikka - Coffey Japanese Gin

    70cl | 47%

    Distilled in Nikka Whisky’s signature “Coffey Still”, the rich and mellow spirit at the heart of the gin is characterized by a luxurious and silky texture. In addition to traditional gin botanicals, its stunning aromatic complexity ... Click for more info
    £47.95
    DistilleryNikkaAge
    DescriptionCoffey JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled
    PackagingUnboxedCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP9586
  17. Suntory - Toki Blended Whisky
    Suntory - Toki Blended Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    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 to enter the world of Japanese Whisky. Colour: Clear gold Nose: Grapefruit pith, yellow plum, vani... Click for more info
    £31.95
    DistillerySuntoryAge
    DescriptionToki BlendedVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & Sherry OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingUnboxedCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP9335
  18. Nikka - Super Nikka Rare Old Whisky
    Nikka - Super Nikka Rare Old Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    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
    DistilleryNikkaAge
    DescriptionSuper Nikka Rare OldVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP8935
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    Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt 17 year old Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    This is a blended malt named in honor of Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky. He is the first Japanese who mastered whisky-making in Scotland and produced the genuine whisky in Japan. Masataka learned that the natural resources surround... Click for more info
    £449.95
    DistilleryNikka TaketsuruAge17 year old
    DescriptionPure MaltVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled
    PackagingWooden BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP8856
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    Yamazaki - Mizunara Oak Cask 2017 Edition 18 year old Whisky

    70cl | 48%

    “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 is th... Click for more info
    £4,399.95
    DistilleryYamazakiAge18 year old
    DescriptionMizunara Oak Cask 2017 EditionVintage
    Cask WoodMizunara OakYear Bottled2017
    PackagingWooden BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP8380
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