Spirits
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Bottle: $39.94
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Rated 96 - Fresh aromas of buttered grains are light and airy. The soft and elegant texture is well matched by the...
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Spirits
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Rated 95 - Utterly ambrosial, this Japanese whisky boasts resplendent ripe grain from nose to finish with honeyed...
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Spirits
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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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Spirits
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A lovely blended whisky from Japan, created by Ichiro Akuto, the Japanese whisky extraordinaire. This particular gem...
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Spirits
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Rated 92 - #14 Top 20, 2019. Mizunara oak is the modern signature of Japanese whisky, and Kaiyo- whisky enables...
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Spirits
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Bottle: $71.70 $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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Spirits
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Bottle: $42.94 $44.94
7 Year Old 48% ABV Mizunara Oak Finish Coffee Malt Malted Barley
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Rated 95 - Sandalwood aromas are robust and exhilarating on the nose. The cedar cask influence is immediately...
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Rated 90 - Get back to nature; this is a whisky to savor during a spectacular sunrise. Lychee, edamame, pea shoots,...
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Rated 94 - Prunes, forest honey, vanilla seeds, dark chocolate cookies, and Brazil nut, with hints of chocolate...
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Spirits
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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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Spirits
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Bottle: $31.96 $34.74
12 bottles: $30.78
Rated 91 - Number 19 in the 2020 Top 20. This new, higher proof Iwai (pronounced EE-why) was designed for cocktails;...
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Spirits
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Bottle: $49.62 $53.94
12 bottles: $47.88
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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Rated 88 - The original Iwai pot stills from the 1960s have been retired and now stand outside the Mars Shinshu...
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Spirits
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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...

Japanese Whiskey Spirit

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.