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 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
  2. 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
    £59.95
    DistilleryNikka TaketsuruAge
    DescriptionPure MaltVintage
    Cask WoodSherryYear Bottled2020
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP12708
  3. 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
  4. 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
    £47.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionKasei - Blended JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodAmerican OakYear Bottled
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP12475
  5. 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
    £103.95
    DistilleryKaiyoAge
    DescriptionJapanese Mizunara Oak - The PeatedVintage
    Cask WoodMizunara OakYear Bottled2020
    PackagingUnboxedCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP12450
  6. Mars Shinshu - Komagatake 2018 Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Komagatake 2018 Whisky

    70cl | 48%

    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 Ja... Click for more info
    £123.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionKomagatake 2018Vintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & American OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11908
  7. Yamazaki - Japanese Single Malt  25 year old Whisky
    Yamazaki - Japanese Single Malt 25 year old Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    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. Lim... Click for more info
    £6,499.95
    DistilleryYamazakiAge25 year old
    DescriptionJapanese Single Malt Vintage
    Cask WoodOloroso SherryYear Bottled2019
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11272
  8. 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
    £60.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionMaltage CosmoVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & American OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11260
  9. 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
    £39.95
    DistilleryNikkaAge
    DescriptionCoffey JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodYear Bottled
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11233
  10. Kaikyo - Hatozaki Japanese Blended Whisky
    Kaikyo - Hatozaki Japanese Blended Whisky

    70cl | 40%

    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
    £35.95
    DistilleryKaikyoAge
    DescriptionHatozaki Japanese BlendedVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled2019
    PackagingUnboxedCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP10197
  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
    £599.95
    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
    £38.95
    DistilleryNikkaAge
    DescriptionDays Blended JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled2019
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP10064
  13. Karuizawa (silent) - That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Batch #1 19 year old Whisky
    Karuizawa (silent) - That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Batch #1 19 year old Whisky

    50cl | 48.9%

    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 sought ... Click for more info
    £4,999.95
    DistilleryKaruizawa (silent)Age19 year old
    DescriptionThat Boutique-Y Whisky Company Batch #1Vintage
    Cask WoodSherryYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthYes
    BottlerThat Boutique-YHTFW Cat. No.LP9731
  14. Hibiki - Harmony 30th Anniversary Special Edition Whisky
    Hibiki - Harmony 30th Anniversary Special Edition Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    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 ancien... Click for more info
    £749.95
    DistilleryHibikiAge
    DescriptionHarmony 30th Anniversary Special EditionVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & Sherry OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP9722
  15. 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
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP9635
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
    £29.90
    DistillerySuntoryAge
    DescriptionToki BlendedVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & Sherry OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingUnboxedCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP9335
  19. 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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