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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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Rated 92 - Bottled to celebrate the refurbishment of Mars Shinshu Distillery, it’s named after the area’s native...
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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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Rated 92 - Showing an attractive straw-gold color, this mature whisky has bright flavors of baked cereal grains,...
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Rated 93 - Exotic and tropical on the nose with lychee, papaya, and pink peppercorn. Opulent, round, and fruit...
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Spirits
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Rated 93 - Number 15 in the 2021 Top 20. Nikka’s signature bottling honors founder Masataka Taketsuru, who brought...
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Spirits
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Rated 89 - An accomplished blend packed with appealing flavors from Miyagikyo and Yoichi Distilleries. Honey, baked...
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Rated 94 - Number 1 in the 2018 Top 20. Notably balanced and elegant, the colorful palette of whiskies combines for...
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Rated 95 - A smoky nose rises from the glass, but immediately finds harmony with spicy and bold flavors on the...
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This is a single malt from the Yoichi distillery, Nikka’s first distillery built in 1934. The founder Masataka...
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Japanese Whiskey Spirits Inventory Reduction

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.