In the age-old art of whisky making, Japanese whisky is a relative newcomer. Taking inspiration from traditional Scotch whisky techniques, the character profile of Japanese whiskies is comparable to the honeysuckle and toffee notes of the Lowland style and the fruity flavours of Speyside’s style.
Such is the quality of craft and the unique styles found in Japanese whisky, it’s no surprise to see that these spirits have spiralled in popularity and deservedly received much acclaim from the Western whisky market.
If you’re searching for Japanese whisky in the UK, look no further than the amazing selection of spirits available here at The Whisky World. We’re proud to stock brands that are renowned for their unique character profiles and high-quality whiskies, including Mars, Nikka Yoichi and Suntory Yamazaki to name but a few.
The Nikka Tailored blend brings together malted barley from Honshū and Hokkaidō. There’s plenty of white-fleshed fruit notes in the nose, giving way to dark chocolate bitterness and tangy citrus in the palate. The finish is rich in toasty vanilla. Brand Nikka Country Japan Size 70cl ABV / Strength 43% Varietal Blended Whisky
A massive step up in quality from the standard Hakushu 12 yrs, this 18yo is amazingly well-defined (as we’ve come to expect from Japanese whisky) with deliciously rounded fruit and cereal flavours, at times surprisingly reminiscent of the finest Irish potstill whisky (eg Redbreast 15yo).
Straight from the untouched forests, soft and crisp waters and mountains of the Southern Japanese Alps, it is no wonder that Hakushu is a “green and fresh” whisky. Created by the dream for a new type of whisky of Keizo Saji, the second master blender, the unique taste made in distinct Four seasons in high altitude is praised by the…
A signature bottle from the Hakushu range, the Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve showcases the complex flavour combination it has become famed for. Smooth yet smoky, crisp and refreshing, it’s one that every whiskey connoisseur should have in their cabinet. Brand Suntory Hakushu Country Japan Size 70cl ABV / Strength 43% Varietal Single Malt
The last and final release from the Ichiro’s Malt Card series bottlings from the closed Hanyu distillery. The Joker “Monochrome”, perhaps is the rarest and most sought after from this legendary series. 3
One of a series of really terrific Japanese malts from the sadly now defunct Hanyu distillery. Bursting with character and complexity, these masterpieces from a ‘lost’ distillery are pricey, but well worth it. A massive hit at this year’s Whisky Live.