Whiskies

Our top 10 whiskies for this month – a selection of great drams from Scotland and beyond.

  • Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old

    Japanese Single Malt Whisky

    70cl / 43%

    4.5 (32 Reviews)

    Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old

    A perennial favourite and a must-try for anyone interested in discovering Japanese whisky. Hakushu is owned by Suntory, founders of the first Japanese distillery, Yamazaki. The original Hakushu distillery was built in 1973, with another distillery building called Hakushu Higashi (east) added in 1981.

    Style

    • Body
    • Richness
    • Smoke
    • Sweetness

    Character

    • Leaves Leaves
    • Lemon Lemon
    • Pear Pear
    • Smoke Smoke
    • Wax Wax

    £199

    £284.29 per litre

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  • Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

    70cl / 45%

    4.5 (34 Reviews)

    Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

    Previously only released as part of single casks, Nikka decided to add their Coffey Malt to their core range in 2014. Distilled in a Coffey still normally used for grain whisky production, the malt is delightfully fruity and spicy.

    Style

    • Body
    • Richness
    • Smoke
    • Sweetness

    Character

    • Clove Clove
    • Cinnamon Cinnamon
    • Lemon Lemon
    • Oak Oak
    • Dried Fruit Dried Fruit

    £55.95

    £79.93 per litre

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  • Kavalan Vinho Barrique 2012 / TWE Exclusive

    Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky

    70cl / 53.2%

    5 (1 Review)

    Kavalan Vinho Barrique 2012 / TWE Exclusive

    A cask-strength, single-cask Kavalan distilled in June 2012, aged entirely in a wine barrique and bottled in 2018, exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. The resulting whisky is a full-on wine cask experience, with layers of rich dried and berry fruit complimented by sweet apple, spice and a touch of the tropical.

    £225

    £321.43 per litre

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  • Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old

    Japanese Blended Whisky

    70cl / 43%

    5 (36 Reviews)

    Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old

    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. Recently awarded a Gold 'Editor's Choice' award from Whisky Magazine and picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.

    Character

    • Cinnamon Cinnamon
    • Cherry Cherry
    • Hazelnut Hazelnut
    • Toffee Toffee

    £450

    £642.86 per litre

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  • Nikka From the Barrel

    Japanese Blended Whisky

    50cl / 51.4%

    4.5 (104 Reviews)

    Nikka From the Barrel

    Nikka from the Barrel is big-boned and bursting with character. Not averse to a drop of water, either. A real star, winning top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010.

    Style

    • Body
    • Richness
    • Smoke
    • Sweetness

    Character

    • Clove Clove
    • Cinnamon Cinnamon
    • Orange Orange
    • Raspberry Raspberry
    • Walnut Walnut

    £38.95

    £77.90 per litre

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  • Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

    Japanese Single Malt Whisky

    70cl / 43%

    4.5 (47 Reviews)

    Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

    A fresh and fruity whisky from Yamazaki, full of red fruit and a touch of sherry cask. It's also got some mizunara (Japanese oak) matured whisky in the mix, which comes through as a complex spicy and almost incense-like note. A well put together and deep dram.

    Character

    • Vanilla Vanilla
    • Peach Peach
    • Raspberry Raspberry
    • Strawberry Strawberry
    • Cherry Cherry

    £62.95

    £89.93 per litre

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  • Mars Maltage Cosmo

    70cl / 43%

    4 (5 Reviews)

    Mars Maltage Cosmo

    Cosmo from Mars Maltage is a blended malt that includes whisky from Shinshu in Japan. A big hit when released at the 2015 Tokyo International Bar Show, this is a permanent addition to the fledgling distillery's range.

    £59.95

    £85.64 per litre

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  • Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

    Japanese Blended Malt Whisky

    70cl / 43%

    4.5 (10 Reviews)

    Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

    Taketsuru's no-age-statement blended malt contains a high percentage of malt from Miyagikyo, with the reminder coming from Yoichi. Aged on average for around 10 years in a variety of different cask types, including some sherry wood for extra richness.

    Style

    • Body
    • Richness
    • Smoke
    • Sweetness

    Character

    • Clove Clove
    • Pear Pear
    • Cherry Cherry
    • Smoke Smoke
    • Butterscotch Butterscotch
    • Plums Plums

    £55.75

    £79.64 per litre

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  • Inchmurrin 12 Year Old

    Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    70cl / 46%

    3.5 (7 Reviews)

    Inchmurrin 12 Year Old

    Relaunched in 2015, Inchmurrin 12 Year Old is aged in a mixture of casks, including bourbon, refill and recharred wood. Light, grassy and floral.

    Style

    • Body
    • Richness
    • Smoke
    • Sweetness

    Character

    • Cinnamon Cinnamon
    • Apple Apple
    • Mango Mango
    • Cream Cream
    • Oak Oak
    • Sultana Sultana

    £42.95

    £61.36 per litre

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  • Ichiro's Malt & Grain (46.5%)

    Japanese Blended Whisky

    70cl / 46.5%

    Ichiro's Malt & Grain (46.5%)

    A blend from the king of independent Japanese distillers, Ichiro Akuto. In addition to whisky from his own Chichibu distillery, it also includes whiskies from America, Canada, Scotland and Ireland. As it says on the label – 'This is worldwide blended whisky'.

    £72.95

    £104.21 per litre

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