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Japanese Whisky

The base of Japanese whisky production is modelled on the production methods employed in Scotland but with many changes and refinements along the way making the distilleries there much more adaptable.

 

Japanese whisky has taken the world by storm in the last decade but it is not a new industry -  the first distillery, Yamazaki,  was built in Japan in 1923 and still produces whisky today.

 

The beginnings of Japanese whisky can really be boiled down to the passion of two men - Masataka Taketsuru and Shinjiro Torii. In 1918 Masataka Taketsuru travelled to Scotland to study at Glasgow University. After this he travelled and worked for several Scottish distilleries including Longmorn and Hazelburn. During this time he met his wife Rita, who hailed from Kirkkintilloch, and in 1920 they left for Japan together. Taketsuru would go onto work for the company that would become Suntory. Suntory was owned by Shinjiro Torii who wanted to build Japan's first whisky distillery and in 1923 Yamazaki distillery was opened and Masataka Taketsuru was employed as the distillery manager. After several years at Yamazaki, Masataka struck out on his own and built a distillery on the Japanese Island of Hokkaido, the site he originally wanted for Yamazaki. He thought this Island was the most similar site to Scotland in Japan and would yield the best results when making whisky. Yoichi distillery became the basis of the other major producer of Japanese whisky - Nikka.

 

To this day Suntory and Nikka are the biggest producers of whisky in Japan. The two competitors will not sell any whisky to each other, as is the common practice in Scotland, so to make sure they have a catalogue of flavours for blending they make several different styles of whisky at each distillery. In one distillery they may produce a light, fresh, malty whisky one day and a heavy, peaty, oily whisky the next and this a practice that sets Japanese whisky apart. Using different cuts, yeasts, distilling lengths and maturations means that Japanese companies have complete autonomy when creating their blends.

 

Japanese distillers have also put their own stamp on maturation by using casks made from slow growing Japanese Mizunara oak and maturing whiskies in barrels that have previously contained Umeshu, which is a traditional Plum Liqueur.

 

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Whisky production only takes place at the Akashi distillery for four months a year.
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Akashi
£32.95
Akashi themselves declare this lovely single malt whisky as "powerful" but the white oak has also added in a lovely gentle, fresh flavour to it.
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Built in 1973, Hakushu is a beautiful distillery based in the forests at the foot of the Japanese Southern Alps.
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Hakushu
£145.00
A mixture of many different ages, this Hakushu has a dash of light peated whisky and has mostly been matured in American white oak.
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Hakushu
£57.95
A blended whisky that typifies the all-conquering Hibiki style: balanced, fruity with a wisp of incense smoke from the Mizunara (Japanese oak).
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Hibiki
£62.95
Matured on the waves of the sea, Kaiyo whisky is transported in native Mizunara oak casks by boat from Japan.
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Kaiyo
£79.95
A very interesting whisky hailing from Japan. This Kaiyo has been bottled at natural cask strength and shipped in rare Mizunara barrels.
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Kaiyo
£104.95
A blend of malt and grain whiskies by Mars Shinshu distillery with very soft and floral character.
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Mars
£44.95
This new distillery is causing waves in the Japanese whisky industry. This a blended malt which includes whisky from the Shinshu region of Japan.
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Mars Maltage
£59.95
An intense and fruity Japanese whisky which is reminiscent of the Speyside single malts of Scotland.
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Miyagikyo
Miyagikyo 43% 70cl
£74.95
Released to commemorate Miyagikyo's 50th anniversary in 2019, Nikka have created this limited edition whisky containing casks from five decades (the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s) presented in a black bo ...
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Miyagikyo
£2,750.00
The smoky notes of the whiskies crafted at the Yoichi distillery are the hallmarks of the Nikka Pure Malt Black.
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Nikka
£46.50
A unique whisky from Nikka distillery. Made with a base of 100% malted barley but distilled in the fashion of grain whisky.
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Nikka
£56.95
Nikka's reserves of malt and grain whiskies are scoured to find the right combination of casks to create this whisky's profile.
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Nikka
£39.95
A smooth and delicate blended whisky from Japanese icons Nikka. Days is composed of Coffey Grain, Coffey malt, lightly peated Miyagikyo single malt and Yoichi single malt.
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Nikka
Nikka Days 40% 70cl
£39.95
The Nikka Pure Malt Red is a blend of whiskies from different areas of Japan, with the largest proportion being made at the Miyagikyo distillery.
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Nikka
£46.50
Meaning 'time' in Japanese, Toki is a blended whisky from Suntory featuring the three distilleries Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita.
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Suntory Toki

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The wonderful 21 year old release from Taketsuru. A wonderfully deep and engrossing whisky.
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Taketsuru
£330.00
Named after the founder of the Nikka whisky company, Masataka Taketsuru.
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Taketsuru
£53.95
Chita grain whiskies have traditionally been used as the 'dashi' or broth (the liquid the ties it all together) in many of the most famous Japanese blends, especially those from Suntory.
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The Chita
£49.95
Chugoku Jozo distillery has been producing spirits and liqueurs for almost 100 hundred years.
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Togouchi
£44.95
A 12 year old blended whisky from the Chugoku distillery which is based near Hiroshima.
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Togouchi
£81.95
Yamazaki have been crafting brilliant single malt whisky for close to 100 years, and this is no exception.
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Yamazaki
£59.95
The Yamazakura takes its name from two Japanese symbols; 'Yama', meaning Mountain, and 'Sakura', meaning 'Cherry Blossoms'.
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Yamazakura
£48.95
Yoichi is a whisky from Japan which has a lot in common with the whiskies made in Scotland.
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Yoichi
£73.95
Yoichi was the first distillery to be built by Masataka Taketsuru in 1934. He was heavily inspired by Scotland and its whisky making and imported peated barley from Scotland and decided to use coal fi ...
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Yoichi
£174.95
Nikka have commemorated Miyagikyo's 50th anniversary with limited edition releases from their two malt distilleries in Japan.
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Yoichi
£2,750.00
A 10 year old Japanese single malt whisky, aged in ex bourbon casks, and created by Mondo Shuzo, a Japanese wine producer.
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Fujikai
£48.95
This rare release from Hakushu illustrates why this is one of the most interesting malt distilleries in Japan.
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Hakushu
£325.00
What a wonderful bottle. Hibiki, one of Japan's most famous blended whiskies, is celebrating it's 30th anniversary.
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This wonderful bottling from Hibiki is a blend of 17 year old whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita Grain distillery.
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Hibiki
£325.00
One of the rarest blended whiskies in the world. This Japanese icon features malt whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and grain whisky from Chita, all aged at least for 30 years and each bottle is individ ...
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Hibiki
£2,995.00
A remarkable release, which will no doubt surprise many that it even exists. The famous private collector Mahesh Patel purchased a prized sherry butt of this closed Japanese distillery, and bottled it ...
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Karuizawa
£7,995.00
The first example of this cult, closed Japanese distillery from Boutiquey Whisky Co.
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Karuizawa
£2,262.95
When it opened in 1985 the Shinshu distillery only produced whisky in the harsh winter months.
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Mars
£1,495.00

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