Whisky production in Japan began commercially in 1923 when the Suntory brand was established by Shinjiro Torii, with the founding of Yamazaki. It was believed that Japanese distilleries initially aimed to follow on the style from the Scott’s, now Japanese distillers have developed their own unique style producing whisky that is becoming extremely popular. The character of whisky from Japan can be sweet, fruity and somewhat floral, but we wouldn't want to be stereotypical as some of their whiskey can be heavily peated such as some of Hakushu's releases.
Nikka have used their two Coffey stills from their Miyagikyo distillery to produce this splended malt. Commonly most distilleries use their coffey stills to produce grain whisky, so this is different from the Japanese distillery...
Made using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery that were shipped over from Scotland to Japan in 1963 this single grain is one of Nikkas biggest releases. Bundles of fruits and sweet vanilla notes along with a thick honeyed palate, great value for money.
Nikka Whisky from the Barrel is a whisky bursting with flavour as well as being incredible value for money. This little bottle has so much to give! Great fruit and spices on the nose with a touch of quality oakiness. A mouth full of fruitiness...
A blended malt whisky from Nikka's well commended distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo. Pure malt red features a whole load of fruity notes, a great example of what Japanese whisky can offer.
A brand new whisky release from the big two companies in Japan, which have been a bit thin on the ground over the last few years due to stock demands. Nikka Days is a blend of malt and grain whisky from Yoichi and Miyagikyo...
Revival is a limited edition bottling from the Nikka Label, made using a blend of Nikka and Yoichi whiskies and released exclusively for Europe. Lots of oak and spice with some honey notes too.
Ever tried a non-age statement Japanese whisky? This Miyagikyo bottling by Nikka is a great place to start. Now available in a larger bottling as oppose to the 50cl version.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a non-age statement whisky released under the guidance of master blender Shingo Torii. The whisky is made up of malt whiskies taken from Hakushu and Yamazaki, whilst some grain is also used from the...
The Chita distillery is one of Suntory’s grain whisky producers, and this is a splendid, light and very approachable dram. The Chita is the main expression and was matured in a mixture of wine, bourbon and sherry casks.
From one of two Distiller's Reserve releases by Suntory comes this non-age-statement Hakushu bottling. Both light and heavily-peated malt was used to create this delicious Japanese single malt whisky.
Matured in American oak Puncheon casks comes this 12-year-old single malt whisky from Hakushu. Fragrant forest leaves and citrus on the nose followed by a creamy, fruity and well rounded palate. It's long finish features a touch of smokiness.
Awarded the Winner for Best Japanese Single Malt in the 2015 World Whiskies Awards, the 18-year-old from Yamazaki is one of the greatest from Suntory. Plenty of citrus, sherry, and packed with an abundance of fruits.
With notes of dried fruit, toffee and subtle spices, Hibiki 17 Year Old is a wonderful blend of whiskies from Suntory's three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. This popular Japanese blend is also getting more scarce as the years go by.
Voted World's Best Blended Whisky at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards, this 21-year-old expression from Hibiki is a rare and exceptionally fine Japanese whisky.
An extraordinary release from the famed Japanese distillery Yamazaki, said to be made up of Whisky aged from 18-50 years! The Mizunara 18 Year Old displays the craftsmanship and mastery of master blender...
A blended malt whisky from Toashuzo's Golden Horse range, which also features Bushu, another fantastic blended whisky. Both are rarely seen outside of Japan, and offer a wonderful fruity character with stone fruits and honey.
Made from a blend of both malt and grain whiskies by Sasanokawa Suzo, a Japanese Sake brewing company with more 250 years experience, Black Label offers notes of sweet fruits, gentle smoke and earthy spices. They're also pretty...
Made from a blend of malt whiskies and released as part of the 963 series, this Japanese whisky by Yamazakuru was aged for a minimum of 8 years before being bottled at 57% ABV. Notes of cooked fruits, toffee and subtle spices.
963 - the postcode of popular Japanese distillery Yamazakura - is made from a blend of well-aged malt and grain whiskies. Bottled at 58% ABV and aged for a minimum of 21 years, you can only expect great things from this rare Japanese whisky.
Japenese blended malt whisky from Kurayoshi, made using whiskies from distilleries in Scotland blended with Japanese whisky. One for your list of Japanese whiskies to try for sure.
Another interesting Japanese blended whisky, Yamazakura is released by Sasanokawa Shuzo. As for the name, 'Yama' translates as 'mountain' and 'Sakura' as cherry tree.
A blended Japanese whisky featuring whiskies from Scottish distilleries too. Although we arent told what these are, Mars Maltage Cosmo comes with plenty of surprises.