Spirits, Japan

Although Japan has a long history of viticulture and grape cultivation for table consumption, domestic wine production with locally produced grapes is much more recent (late 19th century). Today, more than 200 wineries exist in Japan. The Japanese are producing wines in a range of climates and areas throughout the country, from mountains and valleys to coastal areas, with Japan generally seeing more rainfall and humidity than the major wine-producing areas of Europe. The main winemaking region, which accounts for roughly one-third of domestic production, is in Yamanashi Prefecture. Other regions include Hokkaido, Nagano, and Yamagata. Japan cultivates a wide range of grape varieties; however, most of these are for table consumption, with only a small percentage used in domestic winemaking. Though technically no grapevines are native to Japan, the Koshu white wine grape has evolved locally over the centuries, and many consider it an indigenous variety. Koshu generally boasts citrus aromas, including grapefruit and lemon, light acidity, and lower alcohol. Other varieties include Muscat Bailey A, a red grape; Merlot; Chardonnay; Cabernet; Kerner; and Sauvignon Blanc.
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  1. Nikka Rare Old Super Blended Whisky 700Ml
    World Whisky Awards Category Winner for Best Japanese Blend in 2015 the Nikka Rare Old Super was introduced to the market in 1962. Despite being classified as a blend, it's reported to contain a high proportion of malt from the Yoichi and ... Learn More
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  2. Kaiyo Japanese Whisky (700mL)
    To break into the incredibly popular Japanese Whisky market, we wanted something that, just like our wine selection, would not only over-deliver in regard to complexity and flavour, but would also have a great story to accompany it. Kaiyō is ... Learn More
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  3. Kaiyo 'Cask Strength' Japanese Whisky (700mL)
    To break into the incredibly popular Japanese Whisky market, we wanted something that, just like our wine selection, would not only over-deliver in regard to complexity and flavour, but would also have a great story to accompany it. Kaiyō is ... Learn More
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  4. Kirin Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend 700Ml
    Launched in Japan in 2018 as a premium label replacement of the massively successful Fuji Sanroku Tarajukugenshu 50°. Each casks used in this blend is hand selected by Kirin's Jota Tanaka, the 2017 Icons of Whisky Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year. ... Learn More
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  5. Suntory Ao World Whisky 700Ml
    Suntory has released this new blended whisky to help with the transparency in Japanese whisky markets. Suntory World Whisky AO features whisky produced at the companies distilleries in five major whisky-producing regions – Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada and Japan. The company ... Learn More
  6. Nikka Tailored Premium Blended Whisky 700Ml
    Nikka is a story of two very unique distilleries and one very important individual who helped create the Japanese whisky landscape. Founder Masataka Taketsuru is known as the father of Japanese whisky when in 1918 he visited Scotland to embark on ... Learn More
  7. ONLINE TASTING PACK - WINTER WHISKY TASTING

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    Join us for our first tasting of Spirits! We're expanding the range outside of wines, and what better to start within the middle of winter that Whisky! If ... Learn More

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