Japanese Whisky

For a non-regular whisky drinker, the difference between Japanese and other whiskies might not be obvious, though typically, they are slightly lighter. But even if you’re an advanced whisky drinker, it wouldn’t go amiss to explore the unique world of Japanese whisky.

The main feature of the Japanese whisky business is the smattering of small companies that make whiskies on the side and sell them locally. The Japanese call these bottles “ji-whisky” (meaning local whisky.) They tend not to be comparable to the larger makers in quality but can nevertheless be charming in their own right.

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Akashi White Oak Blended Whisky

Akashi whiskey is the only whisky in the world that is made by a grand-master in the art of sake making by introducing sake-making methodologies into the whiskey making process. The pot stil used is smaller than those used by both Scottish and other Japanese distilleries, which in turn, decreases the levels of fusel alcohol. As a result, Akashi whiskey does not require as long of an aging process, while its core malt (cask strength) is smooth and delicate. Akashi White Oak is a blended whiskey reserved in Japanese Shochu cask (American Oak) for 3 years.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 500mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    • Colour: Orange amber gold
    • Nose: Malty, citrusy aroma with scents of black cherry, toffee and oak
    • Taste: Notes of vanilla and pine nuts dominate the palate, and lead to a long, malty finish.
    • Age: 3 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 500 ml
Akashi White Oak Toji Japanese Whisky

Akashi whisky is the only whisky in the world that is made by a Toji (grand master in the art of sake making) by introducing sake-making methodologies into the whiskey making process. The pot stil used is smaller than those used by both Scottish and other Japanese distilleries, which in turn, decreases the levels of fusel alcohol. As a result, Akashi whiskey does not require as long of an aging process, while its core malt (cask strength) is smooth and delicate. Akashi White Oak is a whiskey reserved in Japanese Shochu cask (American Oak) for 5 years, aged in ex-bourbon casks before finishing in ex-sherry casks for 2 years.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 700mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: honey, pepper, vanilla, hazelnut
    o Palate: honey, chocolate, pepper, oak, vanilla, dried fruits
    o Finish: honey, spices, cinnamon, longer finish, sticky date pudding
    o Age: 7 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 700 ml
Akashi White Oak Blue Japanese Whisky

White Oak Akashi was founded in 1888 on the site of Eigashima in the city of Akashi. White Oak distillery was the first in Japan to obtain the license of distilled spirits in 1919 and according to legend would consequently be the first to distil whisky. Production remained traditional and reserved for the Japanese market until 1984 with the construction of a new distillery specially dedicated to the distillation of whisky. Located near the sea, and the city of Kobe, the distillery is enjoying a mild and stable climate. Forbes Magazine: “Top 10 Japanese Whiskies to Try Now. “White Oak Akashi – an easy to drink blend with chocolate, honey, and fruit flavours.”

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 700mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Fruity, slightly sweet, vanilla.
    o Taste: Fresh, spice, oak, hints of peat.
    o Finish: Medium, spicy, sweet.
    o Age: 7 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 700 ml
Yamazakura Black Label Japanese Whisky

Sasanokawa Shuzo Co. Ltd was founded in 1765 and started producing whisky in 1946. The Yamazakura is a ji-whisky made by Sasanokawa Shuzo Co. This particular Black Label bottle is a new Yamazakura product that was released in 2015. Smooth after taste is refreshing with a hint of sweetness. Enjoyable both on the rocks or neat.

Rarely seen outside Japan. Spicy with a hint of sweetness.

Tasting notes: Orange blossoms on the nose, followed by oak, caramel, and fresh orchard fruit on the palate. Bringing serene balance and depth, this is a bottle from Japan’s new generation distilleries.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 700mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Colour: Amber
    o Nose: Spicy and warm
    o Palate: Rich oak and wood, peat
    o Finish: Long warm and rich finish
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 700 ml
Kura Pure Malt Aged in Rum Cask

Helios Distillery produces a coveted 21-year-old Japanese Rum and finishes this whisky in those exceptional barrels. Absolutely, one of a kind! Little do people know that they’ve been distilling their own whisky for a while and use their rum casks to finish this unique line. An interesting addition to the world of Japanese whisky.

Kura The Malt is a completely different expressions of Japanese Whisky. The smokiness of the rum finish is unique and adds a different type of sweetness than you find in sherry aged whiskies. This little number distilled by the Helios Distillery in Okinawa is sure to delight fans of Hakushu and Yamazaki.

The Japanese peat has a lot of the same characteristics as Scottish peat, but availability is extremely limited. One of the easiest drinking peated whiskies we’ve ever featured that’s approachable yet brimming with character and finesse.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 700mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Toasted oak and a touch of moss, creamy lemon and soft malt.
    o Taste: Brown sugar, burnt oak again (now with a touch of earthiness to it), lime marmalade.
    o Finish: Rye bread and a touch of bitter grape
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 700 ml
Kura Pure Malt Sherry Cask

This Kura the Whisky Sherry Cask expression is a delightful new whisky matured in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. The maturation period has imparted rich notes. It’s a match made in heaven that creates a drinking experience that you’re not likely to forget in a hurry.

Tasting Notes: winter berries, dried fruits, bitter dark chocolate and a gentle woodiness onto the light and fruity spirit.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 750mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Winter berries and dried fruits
    o Palate: Bitter dark chocolate
    o Finish: Gentle woodiness onto the light and fruity spirit

Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 750 ml
Kura 8 Y.O. Single Malt

An extremely delicious Okinawa single malt that was matured for 8 years in the finest American White Oak casks available. The results are an intriguing and complex expression that offers a lot for such a young whisky. Like all Kura expressions, it’s well worth getting your hands on.

Silver Medal at CATHAY PACIFIC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 in tasting category

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 720mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Toasted oak and a touch of moss, creamy lemon and soft malt, caramel
    o Palate: Brown sugar, burnt oak again (now with a touch of earthiness to it), lime marmalade.
    o Finish: Rye bread and a touch of bitter grape, spicy, dry
    o Age: 8 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 720 ml
Kura 12 Y.O. Single Malt

An extremely delicious Okinawa single malt that was matured for 12 years in the finest American White Oak casks available. The results are an intriguing and complex expression that offers a lot for such a young whisky. Like all Kura expressions, it’s well worth getting your hands on.

Exceptionally hand crafted Okinawa Single Malt reserved in selected North American white oak casks for 12 years. Complex aroma and mellow taste bring whisky lovers to a different and new concept of true local Japanese Whisky

1600 bottles produced per year.

Silver Medal at CATHAY PACIFIC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 in tasting category.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 720mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Deep, brown sugar
    o Palate: Very gentle, oily
    o Finish: Honey, medium finish
    o Age: 12 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 720 ml
Kura 18 Y.O. Single Malt

An extremely delicious Okinawa single cask that was matured for 18 years in the finest American White Oak Single casks available. The results are an intriguing and complex expression that offers a lot for such a young whisky. Like all Kura expressions, it’s well worth getting your hands on.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 720mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: A subtle sweet nose, opening with vanilla and hints of sea salt and bitter cocoa.
    o Taste: The palate opens up with lemon, mint, bitter chocolate and oak, combining in a very smooth and balanced profile.
    o Finish: A short to medium finish, with medium viscosity bringing back the bitterness and the sweet vanilla
    o Age: 18 years

Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 720 ml
Kujira Single Grain 20 Y.O.

Founded in 1952, Kumesen Syuzo started on distilling alcoholic beverages, unique to Okinawa islands of Japan, also known as Ryuku islands. Then around 1989, this innovative distillery started to age them in oak barrels, creating a unique kind of ji-whisky in its own category, thus named it the Ryukyu Whisky. With 20 years maturing in bourbon casks, Kujira as a single grain whisky provides a wonderful taste profile that has distinguished itself from its malt counterparts and creates a refreshing choice for spirits lovers.

  • ABV: 43%
  • Volume: 700mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Herbs, various plum fruits hint, prune, mint candy.
    o Palate: Balanced light body, sweet, vanilla, spice, smoky woodiness.
    o Finish: Japanese pepper, medium finish
    o Age: 20 years
Type:
ABV: 43%
Size: 700 ml
Kujira Single Grain 30 Y.O.

Ryukyu Whisky is aged in selected Sherry, Bourbon and White Oak Virgin casks for more than 30 years in Okinawa, a beautiful southern tropical island of Japan with warm and humid weather all year round.

This unique expression brings full body and smooth experience, with notes of ripe berries which come to the fore while woody tannins that have been ripened for years. A hint of nectar and woody character linger long after taste. Decades of maturation gives off deep woody scents of toasted oak barrels, and leaves a pleasantly strong flavour and long-lasting sweetness.

  • ABV: 43%
  • Volume: 750mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Nectar, caramel, heavy wood smoke of antique furniture
    o Taste: Smooth and supple with complex tones of fruits citrus, caramel pudding, dried persimmons, sugar and rich ripe berries;
    o Finish: Little nectars dotted among smell of wooden barrels with a long lingering finish of sweetness.
    o Age: 30 years

Type:
ABV: 43%
Size: 750 ml
Akashi White Oak Blended Whisky
Akashi whiskey is the only whisky in the world that is made by a grand-master in the art of sake making by introducing sake-making methodologies into the whiskey making process. The pot stil used is smaller than those used by both Scottish and other Japanese distilleries, which in turn, decreases the levels of fusel alcohol. As a result, Akashi whiskey does not require as long of an aging process, while its core malt (cask strength) is smooth and delicate. Akashi White Oak is a blended whiskey reserved in Japanese Shochu cask (American Oak) for 3 years. ABV: 40% Volume: 500mL Tasting Notes: Colour: Orange amber gold Nose: Malty, citrusy aroma with scents of black cherry, toffee and oak Taste: Notes of vanilla and pine nuts dominate the palate, and lead to a long, malty finish. Age: 3 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 500 ml
Akashi White Oak Toji Japanese Whisky
Akashi whisky is the only whisky in the world that is made by a Toji (grand master in the art of sake making) by introducing sake-making methodologies into the whiskey making process. The pot stil used is smaller than those used by both Scottish and other Japanese distilleries, which in turn, decreases the levels of fusel alcohol. As a result, Akashi whiskey does not require as long of an aging process, while its core malt (cask strength) is smooth and delicate. Akashi White Oak is a whiskey reserved in Japanese Shochu cask (American Oak) for 5 years, aged in ex-bourbon casks before finishing in ex-sherry casks for 2 years. ABV: 40% Volume: 700mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: honey, pepper, vanilla, hazelnut o Palate: honey, chocolate, pepper, oak, vanilla, dried fruits o Finish: honey, spices, cinnamon, longer finish, sticky date pudding o Age: 7 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 700 ml
Akashi White Oak Blue Japanese Whisky
White Oak Akashi was founded in 1888 on the site of Eigashima in the city of Akashi. White Oak distillery was the first in Japan to obtain the license of distilled spirits in 1919 and according to legend would consequently be the first to distil whisky. Production remained traditional and reserved for the Japanese market until 1984 with the construction of a new distillery specially dedicated to the distillation of whisky. Located near the sea, and the city of Kobe, the distillery is enjoying a mild and stable climate. Forbes Magazine: “Top 10 Japanese Whiskies to Try Now. “White Oak Akashi – an easy to drink blend with chocolate, honey, and fruit flavours.” ABV: 40% Volume: 700mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: Fruity, slightly sweet, vanilla. o Taste: Fresh, spice, oak, hints of peat. o Finish: Medium, spicy, sweet. o Age: 7 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 700 ml
Yamazakura Black Label Japanese Whisky
Sasanokawa Shuzo Co. Ltd was founded in 1765 and started producing whisky in 1946. The Yamazakura is a ji-whisky made by Sasanokawa Shuzo Co. This particular Black Label bottle is a new Yamazakura product that was released in 2015. Smooth after taste is refreshing with a hint of sweetness. Enjoyable both on the rocks or neat. Rarely seen outside Japan. Spicy with a hint of sweetness. Tasting notes: Orange blossoms on the nose, followed by oak, caramel, and fresh orchard fruit on the palate. Bringing serene balance and depth, this is a bottle from Japan’s new generation distilleries. ABV: 40% Volume: 700mL Tasting Notes: o Colour: Amber o Nose: Spicy and warm o Palate: Rich oak and wood, peat o Finish: Long warm and rich finish
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 700 ml
Kura Pure Malt Aged in Rum Cask
Helios Distillery produces a coveted 21-year-old Japanese Rum and finishes this whisky in those exceptional barrels. Absolutely, one of a kind! Little do people know that they’ve been distilling their own whisky for a while and use their rum casks to finish this unique line. An interesting addition to the world of Japanese whisky. Kura The Malt is a completely different expressions of Japanese Whisky. The smokiness of the rum finish is unique and adds a different type of sweetness than you find in sherry aged whiskies. This little number distilled by the Helios Distillery in Okinawa is sure to delight fans of Hakushu and Yamazaki. The Japanese peat has a lot of the same characteristics as Scottish peat, but availability is extremely limited. One of the easiest drinking peated whiskies we’ve ever featured that’s approachable yet brimming with character and finesse. ABV: 40% Volume: 700mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: Toasted oak and a touch of moss, creamy lemon and soft malt. o Taste: Brown sugar, burnt oak again (now with a touch of earthiness to it), lime marmalade. o Finish: Rye bread and a touch of bitter grape
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 700 ml
Kura Pure Malt Sherry Cask
This Kura the Whisky Sherry Cask expression is a delightful new whisky matured in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. The maturation period has imparted rich notes. It’s a match made in heaven that creates a drinking experience that you’re not likely to forget in a hurry. Tasting Notes: winter berries, dried fruits, bitter dark chocolate and a gentle woodiness onto the light and fruity spirit. ABV: 40% Volume: 750mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: Winter berries and dried fruits o Palate: Bitter dark chocolate o Finish: Gentle woodiness onto the light and fruity spirit
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 750 ml
Kura 8 Y.O. Single Malt
An extremely delicious Okinawa single malt that was matured for 8 years in the finest American White Oak casks available. The results are an intriguing and complex expression that offers a lot for such a young whisky. Like all Kura expressions, it’s well worth getting your hands on. Silver Medal at CATHAY PACIFIC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 in tasting category ABV: 40% Volume: 720mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: Toasted oak and a touch of moss, creamy lemon and soft malt, caramel o Palate: Brown sugar, burnt oak again (now with a touch of earthiness to it), lime marmalade. o Finish: Rye bread and a touch of bitter grape, spicy, dry o Age: 8 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 720 ml
Kura 12 Y.O. Single Malt
An extremely delicious Okinawa single malt that was matured for 12 years in the finest American White Oak casks available. The results are an intriguing and complex expression that offers a lot for such a young whisky. Like all Kura expressions, it’s well worth getting your hands on. Exceptionally hand crafted Okinawa Single Malt reserved in selected North American white oak casks for 12 years. Complex aroma and mellow taste bring whisky lovers to a different and new concept of true local Japanese Whisky 1600 bottles produced per year. Silver Medal at CATHAY PACIFIC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 in tasting category. ABV: 40% Volume: 720mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: Deep, brown sugar o Palate: Very gentle, oily o Finish: Honey, medium finish o Age: 12 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 720 ml
Kura 18 Y.O. Single Malt
An extremely delicious Okinawa single cask that was matured for 18 years in the finest American White Oak Single casks available. The results are an intriguing and complex expression that offers a lot for such a young whisky. Like all Kura expressions, it’s well worth getting your hands on. ABV: 40% Volume: 720mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: A subtle sweet nose, opening with vanilla and hints of sea salt and bitter cocoa. o Taste: The palate opens up with lemon, mint, bitter chocolate and oak, combining in a very smooth and balanced profile. o Finish: A short to medium finish, with medium viscosity bringing back the bitterness and the sweet vanilla o Age: 18 years
Type:
ABV: 40%
Size: 720 ml
Kujira Single Grain 20 Y.O.
Founded in 1952, Kumesen Syuzo started on distilling alcoholic beverages, unique to Okinawa islands of Japan, also known as Ryuku islands. Then around 1989, this innovative distillery started to age them in oak barrels, creating a unique kind of ji-whisky in its own category, thus named it the Ryukyu Whisky. With 20 years maturing in bourbon casks, Kujira as a single grain whisky provides a wonderful taste profile that has distinguished itself from its malt counterparts and creates a refreshing choice for spirits lovers. ABV: 43% Volume: 700mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: Herbs, various plum fruits hint, prune, mint candy. o Palate: Balanced light body, sweet, vanilla, spice, smoky woodiness. o Finish: Japanese pepper, medium finish o Age: 20 years
Type:
ABV: 43%
Size: 700 ml
Kujira Single Grain 30 Y.O.
Ryukyu Whisky is aged in selected Sherry, Bourbon and White Oak Virgin casks for more than 30 years in Okinawa, a beautiful southern tropical island of Japan with warm and humid weather all year round. This unique expression brings full body and smooth experience, with notes of ripe berries which come to the fore while woody tannins that have been ripened for years. A hint of nectar and woody character linger long after taste. Decades of maturation gives off deep woody scents of toasted oak barrels, and leaves a pleasantly strong flavour and long-lasting sweetness. ABV: 43% Volume: 750mL Tasting Notes: o Nose: Nectar, caramel, heavy wood smoke of antique furniture o Taste: Smooth and supple with complex tones of fruits citrus, caramel pudding, dried persimmons, sugar and rich ripe berries; o Finish: Little nectars dotted among smell of wooden barrels with a long lingering finish of sweetness. o Age: 30 years
Type:
ABV: 43%
Size: 750 ml