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 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

    £36.95
    • 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

  2. 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

    £49.95
    • Distillery
    • Kaikyo

    • Description
    • Hatozaki Pure Malt Japanese Blended

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

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

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP10173

  3. 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

  4. Nikka - Days Blended Japanese

    70cl / 700ml / 40%

    Nikka Days is a combination of slightly peated grain whiskies, matured in bourbon casks. 

    Floral and fruity on the nose, the palate is soft and creamy with cereal notes, toffee, malt and roasted nuts.  Soft and expressive with a lovely ... Click for more info

    £39.95
    • 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

  5. Nikka has become a huge name not only in Japanese whisky, but in global terms too. There's a great reason for that, it's because they're extremely good at what they do.

    Nikka Whisky Tasting Set Contents:

    - Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

    - ... Click for more info

    £36.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka

    • Description
    • Drinks By The Dram Nikka Whisky Tasting Set

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Maverick Drinks

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

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9895

  6. 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

  7. 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

    £114.95
    • Distillery
    • Kaiyo

    • Description
    • Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask Strength

    • Cask Wood
    • Mizunara Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Independent

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

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9604

  8. Kaiyo - Japanese Mizunara Oak

    70cl / 700ml / 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 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

  9. Suntory Blended - Toki

    70cl / 700ml / 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 ... Click for more info

    £32.95
    • Distillery
    • Suntory Blended

    • Description
    • Toki

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon & Sherry Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9335

  10. A superb wooden spice rack style trio collection of the Nikka blended malts or "Pure" malts as they are called here.

    Nikka pure malt Red "fruity and soft" is Smooth and full of body, with a hint of spice in the finish and predominately made ... Click for more info

    £224.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka

    • Description
    • Spice Rack 3 x 50cl Bottle Set Limited Edition

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon & Sherry Oak

    • Packaging
    • Wooden Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

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

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8936

  11. 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 surrounding ... Click for more info

    £249.85
    • Distillery
    • Nikka Taketsuru

    • Description
    • Pure Malt

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Wooden Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 17 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8856

  12. An old bottling of Nikka Black, a blend of Nikka's 2 distilleries smokey Yoichi and fruitier Miyagikyo.  Bottled sometime in the late 60's.  

    ... Click for more info
    £299.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka

    • Description
    • Black Nikka (old bottling)

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

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

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8447

  13. “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

    £3,399.95
    • 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

  14. 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
    • The Chita 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

  15. One of only 225 bottles available worldwide. From the legendary Karuizawa distillery, closed in 2001 and demolished in 2016, comes this fantastic 31 year old single malt. 

    Matured in a single sherry cask #3667, this is wonderful opportunity ... Click for more info

    £9,999.95
    • Distillery
    • Karuizawa (silent)

    • Description
    • Golden Geisha

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Wooden Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 31 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2017

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8097

  16. A wonderful blend of the two Nikka single malts of Yoichi and Miyagikyo plus some grain whisky but all at least 12 years old.

    Nose: Praline,honeycomb, juicy barley, grapey grain, aromatic spices (especially cinnamon) Danish pastries, crème ... Click for more info

    £93.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka

    • Description
    • Premium Blended

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 12 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2016

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP7070

  17. Miyagikyo is the more fruitier single malt that goes into the Nikka blends and blended malt with the more smokey Yoichi and here on its own is a red berry fruity delight.

    Nose: Dried red berries, flapjacks, banana, raisin fudge, floral and ... Click for more info

    £80.95
    • 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

  18. The new non age statement Yoichi to replace the ever increasing in price 10 year old but worry not this is not one of those NAS that dissapoints like some!

    Nose: Sooty coal shed smoke, pineapple, tropical fruit, white pepper, dried apricot, ... 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

  19. The precursor to the modern Taketsuru 21, one of Nikka’s finest products, having won multiple international awards. This particular bottle won the International Spirits Challenge 2009. If you are looking for something really memorable, thenthis ... Click for more info

    £599.95
    • Distillery
    • Nikka

    • Description
    • Pure Malt (old bottling)

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Satin Lined Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 21 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP7039

  20. A rare vintage cask of Karuizawa distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2013. ... Click for more info
    £4,799.95
    • Distillery
    • Karuizawa (silent)

    • Description
    • Rare Vintage Cask #7815

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 16 year old

    • Vintage
    • 1997

    • Year Bottled
    • 2013

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP6890

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