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 - 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
  2. 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
  3. Mars Shinshu - Komagatake Limited Edition 2019 Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Komagatake Limited Edition 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
    £123.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionKomagatake Limited Edition 2019Vintage
    Cask WoodBourbonYear Bottled2019
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11909
  4. Mars Shinshu - Komagatake Limited Edition 2018 Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Komagatake Limited Edition 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 Limited Edition 2018Vintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & American OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11908
  5. Nikka - Coffey Grain Tasting Glass With Lid Gift Set Whisky
    Nikka - Coffey Grain Tasting Glass With Lid Gift Set Whisky

    70cl | 45%

    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 Nosing Lid Click for more info
    £69.95
    DistilleryNikkaAge
    DescriptionCoffey Grain Tasting Glass With Lid Gift SetVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled2019
    PackagingGift PackagingCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11415
  6. Yamazaki - Japanese Single Malt - Limited Release 25 year old Whisky
    Yamazaki - Japanese Single Malt - Limited Release 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 - Limited ReleaseVintage
    Cask WoodOloroso SherryYear Bottled2019
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11272
  7. 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
    £56.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionMaltage CosmoVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & American OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP11260
  8. 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
    £31.95
    DistilleryKaikyoAge
    DescriptionHatozaki Japanese BlendedVintage
    Cask WoodOakYear Bottled2019
    PackagingUnboxedCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP10197
  9. Mars Shinshu - Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature Of Shinshu Whisky
    Mars Shinshu - Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature Of Shinshu Whisky

    70cl | 52%

    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 prefect... Click for more info
    £132.95
    DistilleryMars ShinshuAge
    DescriptionKomagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature Of ShinshuVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & Sherry OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthYes
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP10132
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
    £499.95
    DistilleryHibikiAge
    DescriptionHarmony 30th Anniversary Special EditionVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & Sherry OakYear Bottled2018
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP9722
  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
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW 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. 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
  17. 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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    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
  19. Chita - Single Grain Japanese Whisky
    Chita - Single Grain Japanese Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    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 interestin... Click for more info
    £49.95
    DistilleryChitaAge
    DescriptionSingle Grain JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodBourbon & Sherry OakYear Bottled2017
    PackagingOriginal BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP8101
  20. Hibiki - Blended Japanese 30 year old Whisky
    Hibiki - Blended Japanese 30 year old Whisky

    70cl | 43%

    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 which ar... Click for more info
    £4,299.95
    DistilleryHibikiAge30 year old
    DescriptionBlended JapaneseVintage
    Cask WoodSherryYear Bottled
    PackagingSatin Lined BoxCask StrengthNo
    BottlerDistilleryHTFW Cat. No.LP7118
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