(750ml)
Bottle: $188.94
12 bottles: $185.16
This limited edition of Ichiro’s beloved Malt & Grain blends Scotch, Canadian Rye, Bourbon, Irish Whiskey, and...
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(750ml)
Bottle: $89.94 $98.34
A lovely blended whisky from Japan, created by Ichiro Akuto, the Japanese whisky extraordinaire. This particular gem...
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(750ml)
Bottle: $53.94
Rated 92 - #14 Top 20, 2019. Mizunara oak is the modern signature of Japanese whisky, and Kaiyo- whisky enables...
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92
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(750ml)
Bottle: $73.94 $77.94
Rated 90 - Fully matured in mizunara oak on land and sea, this has tangy orange, ground ginger, fennel seed, cedar,...
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90
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(750ml)
Bottle: $36.94
Rated 90 - Get back to nature; this is a whisky to savor during a spectacular sunrise. Lychee, edamame, pea shoots,...
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90
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(750ml)
Bottle: $249.94
Rated 94 - Prunes, forest honey, vanilla seeds, dark chocolate cookies, and Brazil nut, with hints of chocolate...
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94
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(750ml)
Bottle: $149.95 $155.94
Rated 94 - Prunes, forest honey, vanilla seeds, dark chocolate cookies, and Brazil nut, with hints of chocolate...
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94
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(750ml)
Bottle: $299.94
Rated 92 - Bottled to celebrate the refurbishment of Mars Shinshu Distillery, it’s named after the area’s native...
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92
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(750ml)
Bottle: $31.94 $34.74
12 bottles: $29.81
Rated 91 - This new, higher proof Iwai (pronounced EE-why) was designed for cocktails; however, it’s supple and...
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91
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(750ml)
Bottle: $49.62 $53.94
12 bottles: $46.37
Rated 88 - This carmine dram has a soft, mellow nose of raisin, earthy red wine notes, wet slate, prune flesh, stewed...
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88
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(750ml)
Bottle: $30.86 $33.54
12 bottles: $29.81
Rated 88 - The original Iwai pot stills from the 1960s have been retired and now stand outside the Mars Shinshu...
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88
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(750ml)
Bottle: $39.94 $40.74
12 bottles: $35.33
Blending only the best malt and grains, combined with the fresh spring water from the streams of Mount Daisen...
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(750ml)
Bottle: $46.31 $50.34
12 bottles: $43.06
A blended whisky born from the pursuit of balance, finished brilliantly with the spring water of Mount Daisen. You...
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(750ml)
Bottle: $499.94 $549.94
Even the most ardent fans of Japanese whisky would be forgiven not to have heard of the Matsui distillery. Located in...
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(750ml)
Bottle: $83.94 $89.94
12 bottles: $82.74
Rated 91 - Honey-tinged and citrus-laden nose with subtle suggestions of yellow apple skin, cherry compote, and...
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91
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(750ml)
Bottle: $799.94 $999.94
Matsui Shuzo is historically known in Japan as both a sake brewery and shochu distillery. While the juice in...
(750ml)
Bottle: $58.74
12 bottles: $51.89
Rated 91 - Heather honey and bright floral aromatics open the nose with hints of green apple skin, marmalade, fresh...
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91
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Bottle: $69.94 $74.34
Rated 93 - Showing a soaring nose of baked cereal grains, warmed yellow plum skin, smoked sea salt, and wet stone....
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93

Japanese Whiskey

Whisky might not be the first thing that springs to mind when we think of Japanese fine produce, but over the past one hundred years, this fascinating and multi-faceted country has diligently forged a unique whisky identity which is growing in popularity, and which is entirely its own.

The story of Japanese whisky begins in 1918, when Masataka Taketsuru was sent to Scotland to undertake a tour of single malt distilleries in the Highlands, and bring home a knowledge of whisky and distillation skills. He returned full of inspiration, helped no doubt by his new Scottish wife, and alongside his friend, Shinjiro Torii, set up what would become a successful whisky industry.

Today, the Japanese whisky industry is spread over a relatively small handful of distilleries, which continue to use Scottish techniques and recipes, but with a hefty dose of distinctly Japanese experimentalism. This is displayed most obviously in the barrelling techniques the Japanese use - to create a distinctly Oriental set of tasting notes, native Japanese oakwood casks are used for ageing, alongside casks taken from plum wine producers, which impart a beautiful set of floral flavors to the whisky.

While some distilleries produce some excellent single malts, the majority of Japanese whiskies are blended, which reveals a unique set of flavors and aromas ranging from honeysuckle and orange blossom, to toffee and acetone.