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Japanese Whisky

In less than 100 years Japan established and developed a world leading whisky industry renowned for producing unique and high quality spirits - particularly from Karuizawa, Hanyu, Yamazaki and Hibiki.

Japanese whiskies have reminiscent echoes of Scottish craftmanship, as they were inspired by Scotland's malt masters. Despite this, their whiskies remain distinctly innovative.

With many high profile awards won in recent years, interest and awareness of Japanese whisky has increased significantly in the West, along with demand.

There are a variety of distilleries in operation today that regularly release bottles onto the market and as in Scotland there are also several closed or 'ghost' distilleries that no longer produce whisky but whose remaining stocks are highly sought after.

We feature a wide range of Japanese whisky in our monthly auctions. Whether you are buying to invest or to drink, Japanese whisky has something to offer and is well worth a closer look.

Interested in selling Japanese Whisky? We have a global audience of loyal enthusiastic buyers, and regularly achieve world-record prices. If you would like to learn more please visit our dedicated selling page.

Distillery Highlights


Perhaps one of the most well known of Japan's closed distilleries, renowned for producing incredible sherry cask matured whisky. Since its closure in 2001 the popularity of Karuizawa has grown massively and with the remaining stocks dwindling now is the time to secure your bottle.


One of the first Japanese distilleries to win an international award for their whisky, Yamazaki are also at the head of the pack in terms of volume of liquid produced. Their limited editions and Single Cask releases are particularly popular and growing increasingly rare. 


The short lived production of this whisky started in the 1980s and ceased in 2000, with subsequent closure of the distillery in 2004. Luckily the remaining stocks were acquired by Ichiro Akuto, whose bottling series have been widely acclaimed and are much sought after, particularly his Ichiro's Malt 'Card' Series.

Yamazaki 35 Year Old

Yamazaki 35 Year Old

This very rare 35 year old whisky was distilled between 1966 and 1970 before being bottled in 2006. The spirit was matured in special 90 litre Spanish second fill sherry casks.

This is one of the oldest expressions of Yamazaki ever bottled, and is presented in a stunning hard wooden case.

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Yamazaki 35 Year Old

Karuizawa 1965 Single Sherry Cask 50 Year Old #2372

Karuizawa 1965 Single Sherry Cask 50 Year Old #2372​ 

Karuizawa produced outstanding whiskies, many of which have received international acclaim. They have released almost 300 single casks which are becoming increasingly rarer and rarer as demand soars.

A special release from La Maison Du Whisky, this vintage Karuizawa was distilled


Hanyu 1988 Ichiro's Malt 'Card' #9003 / King of Diamonds

Hanyu 1988 Ichiro's Malt 'Card' #9003 / King of Diamonds​

One of Ichiro's Malt's legendary 'Card' series bottlings from the lost Hanyu distillery.

A single cask, distilled in 1988 and matured in a hogshead prior to being finished in an American Oak Sherry Butt and bottled in 2006. 

Bottle number 226 of 555. 

Karuizawa 1964
Next Auction starts Friday, 26th July 2019. Bottle deadline is Monday 15th.

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