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Suntory "Hibiki Japanese Harmony" Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The newest blended whisky offering from Hibiki is burnished gold in the glass and has a bold aroma that mixes vanilla, fresh pear and a hint of smoke. The smokiness comes forward at the first sip, wrapping around a core of oak and vanilla custard and finishing long, with a mouthwatering bitter chocolate note. *Best of 2016* (KN)" (03/2016) 90 points Whisky Advocate: "Poised and complex, with typically lifted fruitiness: strawberry ice cream, pineapple, peach, balanced by delicate oak, bamboo shoot-like delicacy, then lemon. ...
Price: $74.99

Possibly the sexiest Nigori we have ever tasted. You don't usually see Nigori at a Daiginjo level! This is sleek and delightfully light. There is a touch of zippy acidity, which helps lift the sweetness of the rice. Great fruity notes and a very clean style for a creamy sake.
Price: $12.99

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The lightly smoky sea-breeze aroma entices on the nose. The palate opens with bolder peat smoke underpinned by vanilla and coconut, finishing with a mouthwatering salt-and-pepper accent. Adding water pulls it all together, creating an effect like vanilla cookies sprinkled with coarse sea salt, plus a puff of peat smoke. This was matured in ex-Madeira casks for two years, then transferred to Mizunara oak for ocean maturation for a final six years. (KN)" (03/2021) 90 points Whisky Advocate: "This is utterly unique; made from i...
Price: $99.99

This bottling used to be the Dassai 50, but the brewery recently decided to polish the rice 5% more in order to improve the quality of the sake.
Price: $24.99

Kaiyo is a negotiant bottler started by a drinks group led by former Asahi employee Mr. Watanabe. He was able to purchase "teaspooned" malt whisky barrels from an unnamed Japanese whisky supplier via his connections in the industry ("teaspooning" is when a distiller adds a teaspoon of another whisky into the barrel before selling it, thus preventing the purchaser from claiming it as a single malt from that distillery). The whiskies are purchased as teaspooned new make (unaged distillates) and then put into Japanese Mizunara oak barrels from Ariake, consi...
Price: $69.99

94 points Whisky Advocate: "Prunes, forest honey, vanilla seeds, dark chocolate cookies, and Brazil nut, with hints of chocolate orange and ground pepper: I’m hooked. Cocoa, Whoppers, baked orange, jellied peel, jumpy peppery spices, tamarind bark, and milk chocolate pralines on the palate, and chocolate, stewed fruits, and walnut once the strength dies down. This is the complete package, and a prime contender as one of the year’s tastiest new Japanese whiskies. (JM, Winter 2020)" K&L Notes: The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and compl...
Price: $199.99

Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Wine & Spirits: "While it may seem that our world is suddenly awash in Japanese single malts, the fact is that we’re already in a shortage. Last year, as demand continued to build for its limited stocks, Suntory took the age statement off its Hibiki, suggesting less of the precious older stocks were being used. This year, they’ve introduced Toki, a welcome addition to the portfolio. Whereas Hibiki is a burnished, complex sipper, Suntory’s latest release, Toki, is a light, bright, perky spirit with a surprising punch of flavor—apple, citrus and honey note...
Price: $34.99

Founded in 1952, Kumesen Syuzo produces a distilled spirit known as Awamori that is made entirely with rice and is unique to the Okinawa islands of Japan. It's typically aged for just a few years and consumed at lower proof, but the distillery began experimenting with higher proof aging in ex-bourbon casks in 1989. The results are stocks of extremely old single grain whisky. The age and the American oak set this whisky apart from most of the other rice whiskies on the market because both create a depth and complexity that are not present in the younger p...
Price: $349.99

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake "Yakushima Aged Limited Edition 2020" Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and complicated. The special stills that now sit at the high altitude distillery near Nagano were hand built to the specifications of the preeminent grandfather of Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. In the 1950s, Taketsuru-san's mentor Iwai Kiichiro, who had commissioned his famed voyage to Scotland, designed and built two pot stills for Hombo Shuzo in Yamanashi using Takesturu's original specifications. The stills were moved to Kagoshima not long after production started and eventually moved again t...
Price: $299.99

The Asahi Shuzo brewery took a gamble when it restructured to focus solely on Junmai Daiginjo sake, but the gamble paid off and brought us this delightful sake. Thanks to them you can now try high quality sake at a reasonable price. Dassai “45” is the better version of the popular Dassai “50” which was known for its premium quality worldwide. With engaging flavors and easy pair-ability its no wonder that this sake is popular everywhere. Drink this floral daiginjo cold with sashimi, crudites, and pickles. Bring Dassai 45 to a dinner or housewarming part...
Price: $24.99

Nikka "Taketsuru" Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The luxe aroma mixes rich butterscotch and apple sweetness. On the palate, this whisky is light and gentle, interspersing fruit and smoke and finishing with a spark of cinnamon heat. Add a splash of water; recommended for sipping. (KN)" (03/2016) K&L Notes: So you've heard that Japanese whisky is quite popular these days. You're right; it is. But while the mainstream choice is always going to be Suntory, it's Nikka that is quietly bringing the goods to your local boutique retailer. Founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1936, the ...
Price: $79.99

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Subtle, nuanced and light, the first sips open with citrusy yuzu peel and a mild floral note reminiscent of sakura flower, which lingers effortlessly into the finish. Tea botanicals sencha and gyokuro add a grounding, earthy element wrapping up with a flicker of ginger heat. *Best Buy* (KN)" (08/2019) K&L Notes: Spirits critic George Koutsakis writes: "On the nose, the initial burst of yuzu is followed closely by buttery pastries and walnuts. Roku eases smoothly on to the palate delivering abundant citrus, butter, toffee, an...
Price: $29.99

Located in the town of Akashi, near the famed city of Kobe in Japan, White Oak distillery has been in operation since 1919; although very few Americans are familiar with the whisky. Owned by Eigashima, it is actually the oldest operating distillery in Japan, having received its license four years before Yamazaki produced any whisky, despite the fact that it would be another forty years before they actually used it. The single malt whisky has no age statement, but has plenty of rich malty flavor and a supple fruited character that should please fans of th...
Price: $249.99

Polished to 50 percent, this Junmai Ginjo is made by Kaetsu Shuzo, who uses rice grown on the high plains and pure mountain water of the Niigata Prefecture to brew superior sake, both rich in aroma and clean in taste. Intense aromas of grilled nuts, pistachio, and a hint of warm liquid cocoa. In the mouth, the flavors follow through with nuts and melon as it heads for a crisp finish, and then just a hint of lingering sweetness. It is at once savory and sweet and has enough power to make it a great match with a wide variety of food pairings. A truly disti...
Price: $32.99

Price: $32.99

This is a fairly thick and chewy "nigorizake" (cloudy sake), but it is still surprisingly dry. The aromas are bright and fresh and they show a lovely ricey and fruity combination. In the mouth, this sake has solid weight and gives the same flavors of fresh fruit and creamy fresh rice that your nose told you about. The finish has a pleasant astringency and is nicely mellow, beckoning you for another mouthful. You will rarely taste a classier nigori at this price. This maybe the ultimate food-friendly nigori.
Price: $15.99

Asahi Shuzo Co is a Japanese brewery that produces sake under the Dassai brand. Founded in 1948, it is located in the mountains of the Yamaguchi prefecture, well positioned for supplies of clean water and equipped with a 200-feet (60-meter) deep well. The brewery is unusual in focusing entirely on premium Junmai Daiginjo sake. Top-grade Yamada Nishiki rice is sourced from contracted farms in nine different prefectures. Dassai was the first sake to be made with a centrifuge in place of a conventional press, to achieve extra smoothness and cleaner flavors....
Price: $34.99

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The tiny Hatsumomiji brewery in Shushan-shi is one of Yamaguchi prefectures most interesting. The owner's hired Harada San in order to turn the brewery's business around. He's known to have an incredible palate and developed a number of new marks designed to highlight the delicacy of the ingredients and not hide them. His namesake brand, Harada, was made popular by this low-polish Junmai which despite utilizing the bold Yamadanishiki varietal offers subtle fruit and a lifted structure. The brewery only has four employees and is kept refrigerated to mimic...
Price: $27.99

Kaiyo "K&L Exclusive" Cask #541 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Like so many Japanese whiskies that have come to the market in recent years, Kaiyo remains an enigma. It tastes delicious, there is a tantalizing background story to the brand, but the level of detail a whisky geek desires always seem in short supply. No matter. Ultimately, when the price is right and the whisky tastes great, we are here to pull the trigger. The two casks are similar in their story but very different in the final profile. Both are Japanese in origin, presumably teaspooned malt from the same source. They were placed into Mizunara oak for ...
Price: $99.99

Suntory is the biggest name in Japanese whiskey, playing a pivotal, some might say definitive, role in establishing the category as a global market phenomenon. Indeed, many of the most sought-after, benchmark labels are distilled and bottled under the Suntory banner. So, it was only a matter of time before they threw their hat into the clear spirits game. Enter Haku, an ultra-premium vodka distilled from the finest white rice. From the producer: "HAKU Vodka, brought to life by the House of Suntory, is a Japanese premium craft vodka made from 100 percent ...
Price: $29.99

Nihon Sakari is one of Nada's most important producers. They have a line of excellent nama-genshu, meaning unpasteurized and undiluted. The company motto is "more flavor, more beautiful." *****Nama Sake is unpasteurized and should be refrigerated. Overnight shipping is recommended. No refunds on Nama sake*******
Price: $5.99

Kaiyo "K&L Exclusive" Cask #543 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Like so many Japanese whiskies that have come to the market in recent years, Kaiyo remains an enigma. It tastes delicious, there is a tantalizing background story to the brand, but the level of detail a whisky geek desires always seem in short supply. No matter, ultimately when the price is right and the whisky tastes great, we are here to pull the trigger. The two casks are similar in their story, but very different in the final profile. Both are Japanese in origin, presumably teaspooned malt from the same source. They were placed into Mizunara oak for ...
Price: $99.99

Nikka Days Japanese Blended Whisky (750ml)
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Nikka's very sessionable whisky has just arrived. Nikka Days is a combination of malt and grain whiskies distilled at the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. It's blended to be creamy, smooth, fruity and floral. Easy drinking for easy days.
Price: $49.99
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Uchigasaki Brewing Company was founded in 1661, and its Hoyo label has been in continuous production for over 350 years. Using almost entirely traditional tools and techniques, the tiny 6 person crew works tirelessly during the winter months producers a number of different marks focused on the local market. Only a tiny part of the production is designated for export and the entire line up is extremely reasonably priced compared to the obvious quality. The house style at Hoyo is delicate, smooth and balanced. This is especially so in the case of labels ma...
Price: $24.99

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This was aged in Japan’s rare Mizunara oak for the entirety of its maturation, which includes three-month ocean maturation. Look for a tawny hue and orange peel and spice aromas. The light palate opens with charred oak, burnt orange peel and clove. Adding water brings out more honey, cayenne and cinnamon, plus distant campfire smoke. (KN)" (03/2021) 90 points Whisky Advocate: "Fully matured in mizunara oak on land and sea, this has tangy orange, ground ginger, fennel seed, cedar, and incense, though it seems a little more ti...
Price: $99.99

This is a connoisseur's junmai sake, dry, sharp and smooth all in one. Its mild astringency, characteristic of sakes made using the old yamahai method, is balanced by a faintly discernible sweetness
Price: $29.99

Masumi is another Nagano brewery committed to producing the absolute finest possible Sake. The fabulous limited release Arabashiri is the freshest expression of Sake possible. The spring has finally sprung and we're lucky to get a small amount of this ultra-fresh unpasteurized sake, which should be consumed as soon as possible while the flavors are vibrant and bold. The rice here are Hitogokochi and Miyamanishiki polished to 55% and the bold flavors are match perfectly by the finesse and freshness of this special sake. Please be sure to keep this one chi...
Price: $34.99

Just three ingredients in this delicious new sparkling soda. Fresh ume juice, cane sugar and sparkling water. The water is some of Japan's finest from Aichi prefecture. Hand picked Ume. The cane sugar is organic. Nothing more nothing less. The Kimino brand follows the "Kanso Philosphy" removing anything that is not absolutely necessary. The goal is to bring more sustainable, healthier seasonal Japanese flavors to the world.
Price: $3.49

Hombo Shuzo Mars Tsunuki "The First" Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Hombo Shuzo has quietly been revolutionizing their Single Malt offerings over the last several years. This is the first from their release from their new distillery at the southern tip of Kyushu. Located 50 kilometers south of Kagoshima, in the same town where Hombo Shuzo was born. The goal of the distillery was not to increase production, but to allow for diversity of spirit through experimentation in a new terroir. The new distillery is in a starkly different climate than Mars Shinshu in Nagano. Both have access to excellent quality water, but the Tsun...
Price: $269.99

From the brewery: "This is the flagship of our core ENTER.Sake line. It has notes of melon, peach, and chrysanthemum on the palate and ends in a beautiful, bright, crisp finish. The supple body of this sake originates from the pure mountain water, filtered through the Japanese Alps."
Price: $44.99

Yawaraka’s mild 12% alcohol content makes it an easy-going companion to whatever emerges from the kitchen. Please do not agonize over food pairings with this sake. Yawaraka is more like a family friend, welcome at the table, always agreeable, good company glass after glass. This charming junmai, with its faint taste of wild plum, represents a new direction for Japanese brewers. It is smooth and gentle, with sweetness and acidity in finely etched balance. Ideal for lunchtime sake-sipping.
Price: $42.99

The Kukurhime, named for the Goddess of Hakusan Mountain where the water for this special sake is sourced, represents the rarest and most premium offering from the famous Kikuhime brewery. Aged for an incredible 10 years at low temperature, the sake is still brimming with vibrancy and tension. It will offer unprecedented complexity and depth while remaining lifted and bright beyond words. This sake can easily age for another decade or two before reaching peak maturity. Only 10 bottles available.
Price: $699.99

90 points Whisky Advocate: "A unifying blend of 10 year old Chichibu, with select stocks of American, Canadian, Irish, and scotch whiskies matured in Japan, produces a nose of toffee apple, firm caramel, milk chocolate, ground hazelnut, roasted fennel seed, chopped cilantro stalks, green banana, and struck match. Cereal-led palate with Golden Grahams, light fruits of apricot, peach, and melon, base notes of pepper, moving through butterscotch, toffee, maple syrup, and crème caramel. (JM, fall 2020)" K&L Notes: This unusual whisky takes advantage of Jap...
Price: $99.99

From the importer: "From one of Japan's smallest breweries, this Daiginjo is made with Japan's highest quality rice and local Fushimi mizu, the soft, pure water from Japan's Eastern Mountains. Highly-respected rice farmer Masayasu Tanaka carefully works the naturally fertilized soils of his farm in eastern Tottori prefecture to grow some of Japan's best quality Yamada Nishiki, considered the pinnacle of premium sake rice...The aromas of anise, banana, and a hint of sweet rice are quite complex. These same flavors come rushing through the full-bodied pala...
Price: $38.99

Nagurayama Brewing Company is located in the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, from antiquity a major brewing center, and has produced ginjo sake since 1973. Fukushima is one of Japan’s most bountiful regions, blessed with mountains, streams and rich farmlands. Nagurayama’s ginjo sakes reflect this abundance, with aromatic sakes whose most noticeable characteristics are their delicate sweetness and smooth drinkability. Master's touch is the perfect example of the aromatic sakes for which Fukushima is famed. Distinctly sweet at first sip, clean and smo...
Price: $36.99

The Kuji Shuzo was established in 1902. The Kuji family made Soy Sauve in Ichinohe, in Ninohe City, Iwate. The Iwate area used to be called Nanbu (South), and is a agriculturally rich and abundant water. Sueta Kuji was the first to begin brewing sake, a 7.5kg batch, using the technology developed in the soy sauce trade. In the post-war era, the local brewers focused on inexpensive sweet sake, but Hideo Kuji, the third generation brewer was determined to make a quality sake. It was actually the tax collector in Ninohe City who dubbed the sake Nanbu Bijin ...
Price: $34.99

Origarami is an extremely rare style where fine rice particles are left in the sake, leaving it hazy, with a silken texture and subtle sweetness. Not to be confused with nagori, where rice solids are left suspended in the bottle. .A dynamic and exciting sake able to pair beautifully with an unusually broad range of foods, particularly well matched to spicier foods like Szechuan and Thai cuisine. These are some of the few Kikuhime sake's meant to be enjoyed within the year, but aging will soften the citrus edges and integrate into the creamy base.
Price: $149.99

The Maegaki family started out as rice farmers who became landlords eventually sake brewing at the onset of the modern era in 1910. In 1965, Kamoizumi became one of a pioneering group of ten breweries who committed to junmai sake production at a time when heavy-handedly adding brewers alcohol to maximize profits was typical. Kamoizumi released their first Junmai in 1971 and few have taken a bolder standing on developing a true house style than them. Their sake has an attitude: bold and full-flavored, yet with drinkability that are the hallmarks of techni...
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The 500 Mangoku varietal of rice is difficult to use but when handled properly can be devastatingly intriguing. Light bodied but full flavored, this Junmai sake is fresh, but has the power and complexity to pair with complex foods. It does especially well warm (not hot, but warm) with rich shellfish like lobster, but can go with grilled proteins if served chilled.
Price: $29.99

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake "Limited Edition 2019" Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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91 points Whisky Advocate: "If whisky were a warm hug, this would be it. The sweet nose is rich with a lovely fruitiness of satsuma, Seville orange marmalade, yuzu, and vanilla. This carries a velvety texture rippled with an orange-flavored effervescence; apricot jam, sweet orange, sherbet, fine spices, ground ginger, and hot pepper. If this well-made example is an indication of the Mars Shinshu house style, they are getting a lot of things right. (JM, Fall 2020)" K&L Notes: The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and complicated. The spec...
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