Japanese whisky has been around longer than you might think and now enjoys a stellar reputation, with highly sought-after bottlings from distilleries such as Karuizawa and Hanyu changing hands on the secondary market for many times their original price. Read More »
A exclusive bottling of whisky from Karuizawa for TWE, part of a vatting from about 77 casks and bottled at 55%. It's a different prospect to the various single casks that shoot off the shelves, offering a great tasting overview of the distillery's character unencumberd by decades of sherry cask maturation.
Another winner from Nikka's Taketsuru range. This was named for the founder of the company, Masataka Taketsuru and is a big, bold full-bodied vatted whisky of truly exceptional depth, grace and balance.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: World's Best Blended Malt
A fantastic Japanese blend, made with aged malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's three distilleries. Spicy and sophisticated, this is great for catching people out at blind tastings and received a Gold 'Editor's Choice' award from Whisky Magazine & top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards.
The second full release (8800 bottles) from Ichiro Akuto's Chichibu distillery is The Floor Malted, distilled in 2009 from barley malted to Akuto-san's specifications during a trip to England to learn the art of floor-malting for himself. The whisky was matured in mostly bourbon casks with a few 'chibidaru' quarter casks in the mix as well.
A 2009 vintage Chichibu aged in Chibidaru casks. These are hogsheads that have been shortened and are around 150 litres in volume. Chichibu distillery was opened by Ichiro Akuto in 2008 and already has a reputation for releasing delicious young whiskies.
A 2009 vintage Chichibu aged in port pipes. These are the largest casks used in the ageing of whisky and hold an impressive 550 litres in volume. Chichibu distillery was opened by Ichiro Akuto in 2008 and already has a reputation for releasing delicious young whiskies.
An introductory malt from Yamazaki, Japan's oldest distillery (founded in 1923). This is mild-mannered, clean, sweet malt, charming and very accessible - Speyside fans looking to try a Japanese malt should start here.
A special edition Yamazaki from Suntory, aged in a 480-litre puncheon cask, which allows the whisky to mature much more slowly than the standard 230-litre hogshead. There's no age statement, but at 48% and unchillfiltered, it's likely to be pretty tasty.
The unpeated half of the pair of bourbon barrel matured whiskies released by Suntory in 2011. Limited to just 1000 bottles in the UK market this was matured in first fill bourbon casks, giving a big spicy and malty whisky.
The 2012 edition of Yamazaki's popular Puncheon, matured in a largeish cask of about 300 litres called, unsurprisingly, a Puncheon. An interesting showcase of how cask selection can influence the flavour of a whisky. LIMITED TO ONE PER CUSTOMER
A bottle of Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel from the 2013 Cask Collection, the final year of the series. Aged in 180 litre casks which used to hold bourbon and matured in a warm moist climate resulting in an elegant and sweet Japanese whisky.
Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.