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.
Another interesting Japanese blended whisky, Yamazakura is released by Sasanokawa Shuzo. As for the name, 'Yama' translates as 'mountain' and 'Sakura' as cherry tree.
Japanese single malt whisky from Yamazaki matured in a combination of Bordeaux and sherry casks. Distiller's Reserve was released in early 2014 and has been incredibly popular ever since for it's likeable character.
A release of just 5,000 bottles worldwide, this bottling of Sherry Cask Yamazaki. The previous release earned great kudos from whisky writer Jim Murray, awarding it World Whisky of the Year in his 2015 Whisky Bible.
An extraordinary release from the famed Japanese distillery Yamazaki that is said to be made up of Whisky aged from 18-50 years!The Mizunara 18 Year Old displays the craftsmanship and mastery from master blender...
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.
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This 12-year-old single malt from Yamazaki is a stunning Japanese whisky, the first well-known single malt from Japan. Plenty of floral notes and fresh tropical fruits.
Made from Canadian grain and Scotch malt whisky comes this 8 year old blend from Togouchi. Another top Japanese blended whisky from Chugoku Jozo.
An 18 year old expression from the Togouchi range, made from a blend of Scotch single malt and Canadian grain whisky. The casks are lay in an old railway tunnel, ageing away nicely. Nothing unusual about that, right?
A 12 year old Japanese blended whisky from the Togouchi range by Chugoku Jozo. They produce this expression by combining Scotch malt whisky and grain whisky from Canada. They also house their casks in un-used railway tunnel.
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.
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.
Voted World's Best Blended Malt in the 2015 World Whisky Awards, this is a multi award-winning blended Japanese whisky from Nikka - Taketsuru 17 year old. It's mellow, well-rounded and full of fresh fruits. A complex whisky named after the founder of Nikka.
Calling all culinary geeks out there (and Japanese whisky fans, of course), check out this spice rack from Nikka distillery. The handsome set includes the Red, Black and White expressions from the popular Pure Malt range, which now no longer includes the White bottling.
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.
This sublime Whisky offers a subtle balance of fruit and refined peat, which is a result of a selection of very different Whiskies, combining the fruity elegance of the Miyagikyo malts, and the smokier notes typical of Yoichi's strong character.
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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...
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. This expression was introduced to Nikkas handsome range in 2014. This whisky is quite rich, bottled at 45% ABV, and provides bags of flavour on the pa…
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 All Malt is a mixture of malted whiskies from the prestigious distilleries - malt from Yoichi and whisky that's been distilled in a Coffey Still at Miyagikyou. A classic Japanese blend.
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.
A single cask Japanese whisky drawn from bourbon barrel #1664 which was bottled for Number One Drinks Companys 10th anniversary. This was distilled in 2013 and bottled at 53.9% ABV. One Per Customer Only
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.
A peated, high-strength Japanese single malt from Mars Nature of Shinshu series. A portion of the whisky used was matured in Japanese wine casks.
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...
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.
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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.
This one won’t be on many whisky drinker’s radar. It’s a 9 year old blend produced by Chugoku Jozo's as part of their Togouchi whiskies, which uses spirit from Scotland and Canada of all places. Curiously it’s aged in a Japanese railway tunnel!
From the Chugoku Jozo distillery in Japan, this blended Japanese whisky was aged for 15 years in old railway tunnels near the distillery. The whisky is comprised of Scotch single malt and Canadian grain whisky, bottled at 43.8% ABV.
This is something we were all waiting some time for, the excellent 12-year-old Japanese blended whisky from the Nikka distillery. Soft-luscious fruits and toffee notes with some spice.
The first Hibiki Japanese blend was released back in 1989 and as always with the Hibiki releases the bottle always has 24 facets representing the 24 seasons of the Japanese lunar calendar. This outstanding whisky was developed...
Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company Japanese blend is aged for at least 21 years from 100% Japanese Malt and grain Whiskies.Only 1799 bottles available.
Without doubt one of the best Japanese whiskies we've seen in the last decade has been Nikka's Taketsuru 21 year old. This is an exceptional blended malt from Japan, with layers upon layers of complex fruits along with savoury notes too.
Japanese single malt whisky from the White Oak distillery, matured for 5 years in casks which previously held sherry. Expect an abundance of fruit here with some spice too.
One of Japans most exceptional single malt whiskies which has maintain a multi-award winning status for many years. Yamazaki 18 Year Old is matured in a combination of oloroso sherry butts, Mizunara and American oak casks...
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.
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One of two new Japanese Whiskies released by the Kaikyo distillery based in Akashi, Hyogo and more famous in japan for its Sake. A blended malt aged in a trio of casks (ex-Bourbon, ex-sherry and native Mizunara) and named after the...
Mars Komagatake's Nature of Shinshu explores the botanicals that can be found near to the distillery. Shinanotanpopo, in case you were wondering, means 'dandelion flower' in Japanese. This uses a vatting of whiskies from ex-bourbon casks, sherry casks and white oak wood.
A rare limited-edition Japanese whisky from Nikka's Miyagikyo distillery, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the opening of the distillery. The whisky is made up of casks filled in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s, and comes...
A limited edition Japanese whisky from Yoichi, released as part of a pair of whiskies bottled to celebrate 50 years since the opening of Nikka's second distillery, Miyagikyo. It has been presented in a black bottle which has taken away any...
Japanese single malt whisky matured in cherry wood casks at the Kurayoshi distillery. Not one of the most popular Japanese whisky distilleries this, but certainly one to look out for in the future. The packaging is pretty stunning too.
Distilled at Kurayoshi in Japan, this single malt whisky has been aged in rare Mizunara oak. Bottled for the Matsui range, this epic Japanese whisky also has an image of Mount Fuji on the label.
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.
A very limited release of the award winning Taketsuru pure malt, released in 2014 for the 80th anniversary of the Nikka company. This 21 year old blend of single malts from the distilleries of Yoichi and Miyagikyo was finished in Madeira wood, and with only 546 bottles available this is a super rare bottle.
An 80th anniversary release for the 21 year Taketsuru Pure Malt, released in 2014 with only 3,000 bottles produced. This premium Japanese blend from Yoichi and Miyagikyo is a very rare age statement example in this now increasingly delisted range from Nikka.
Pure Malt is a Japanese blended malt whisky from Nikka, named after Masataka Taketsuru who founded the company. Deep sherry notes accompany mocha and subtle spices.