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.
Single cask Karuizawa distilled in 1980 and bottled in August 2011 at 56.4% ABV. This ultra rare Japanese whisky was initially released as a Taiwan exclusive bottling. One Per Customer Only
A well-aged Japanese single malt from the not so well-known distillery, Shinshu. The whisky was distilled in 1986 and aged for three decades before it was bottled under the Mars label.
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.
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.
A quality 17-year-old whisky from Suntory, this Hibiki was produced using aged malt and grain whiskies. Awarded "Editors Choice" from the Whisky Magazine, a top Japanese blend this one that's also quite sought after nowadays.
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 Chita distillery. Theyve used American white oak, sherry casks and Mizunara oak to create the blend.
A 1980 vintage Japanese whisky from the Karuizawa distillery which is now closed. Released in 2015, this is now a very rare and collectable whisky.
A release of only 50 bottles, this single cask Karuizawa was introduced at The Whisky Show 2015 with all proceeds going to the Nepal Appeal. It was distilled in 1983 and left to mature in sherry cask #3557 for over three decades, before it was bottled at natural cask strength. This bottle is Number 34.
A single cask Karuizawa distilled in 1985 and bottled at 25 years old from a single Sherry butt by the number one drinks company at cask strength 58.9% ABV. Known as the "Tiger label" this rare release of this closed Japanese distillery yielded only 547 bottles.
A single cask Japanese whisky from the acclaimed Karuizawa distillery, distilled in 1984 and left to mature for 30 years in a single sherry cask (#5347). It was released exclusively for The Whisky Show 2014.
This is a well-aged whisky from a legendary closed Japanese distillery. It was distilled in 1977, aged for 31 years, before being bottled in 2009 for The Nectar Molenstraat, Belgium. Only 200 bottles were released.
A new blended Japanese Whisky made from single malt and grain Whisky from the Mars Shinshu distillery that was opened in 1985 by the Hombo Shuzo Co to produce a "Whisky with special Japanese characteristics" and is located in the small village of Miyada which is 798 metres above sea level.