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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.


Exclusive Japanese Auction 11 - 21 October

From 11 to 21 October 2019 we will host an exclusive Japanese Auction. Bringing together the very best from this incredible country including rare and collectable bottles from Karuizawa, Yamazaki, Chichibu, Hanyu and many more, it promises to be the most diverse and exciting collection of Japanese whisky ever offered in one auction.

Interested in selling Japanese Whisky in this exclusive auction? Each month we see prices rise and records broken for Japanese whisky sold through our auctions. The exclusive auction will build on this even further by providing a unique focus for our audience of Japanese rare whisky enthusiasts and is the perfect opportunity for us to connect you with this audience. To find out more about how to receive a free valuation of your bottles and advice on how to get them to us, 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.


Yoichi are famous for insisting on coal-firing their stills (which are modeled on the ones from Longmorn Distillery), and spent a vast sum on a filter to reduce the environmental impact of doing so. The distillery felt that taking the cheaper option and switching to steam or electricity would have a detrimental effect on the character of their spirit, so maintained their coal-firing methods. Kudos! 

Yamazaki 50 Year Old

Yamazaki 50 Year Old

Whisky Auctioneer are delighted to present this spectacular expression of Yamazaki 50 year old at auction. Once considered the pinnacle of Japanese whisky production, this bottle is now accepted as being one of the most desirable and sought after in the world. 

The first edition of this iconic bottle became the


Karuizawa 1965 Single Sherry Cask #8852 / Streams of Time

Karuizawa 1965 Single Sherry Cask #8852 / Streams of Time

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.

This spectacular release was bottled in 2017 after over 50 years of


Hanyu 1985 Ichiro's Malt 'Card' #1024 / The Joker 'Monochrome'

Hanyu 1985 Ichiro's Malt 'Card' #1024 / The Joker 'Monochrome'

Since its stills were turned off in 2000, Hanyu has become one of Japan's most sought after single malts. An economic recession at the turn of the millennium forced the distillery to shut its doors, and the remaining casks of its unblended whisky stock were purchased by Venture

Karuizawa 1964
Japanese Exclusive Whisky Auction ends Monday 21st October from 7pm BST.

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