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White Oak "Akashi" Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $249.99 Add To Cart

Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

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Helios Distillery "Kura The Whisky" Rum Cask Finished Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)

The Helios Distillery in the city of Nago has become renowned for their exceptional Awamori, the local Okinawan specialty. This is a kind of aged Sochu that has been consumed on the island since the 15th century. While they made their name locally for selling Awamori, Helios was quietly distilling ultra high quality rum and malt whisky. Their flagship whisky, sold under the Kura brand, is one of the most unique and enticing Japanese whiskies we've ever come across. They begin with peat sourced from the mires of Hokkaido. The Japanese peat has a lot of th ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Nikka "Taketsuru" Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Grain Whisky (750ml)

92 points Whisky Advocate: "Sweet, with subtle, crisp, nutty oak, then comes fudge, ripe banana, and peach. The overall effect is like eating vanilla ice cream with toffee fudge and hazelnut sprinkles. The structure is thick and physical, the palate sweet and quite fat, with light hints of raspberry, fruit salad. A jag of acidity freshens the delivery on the finish. With water there’s more toffee, and it becomes slightly more yielding, with less oak. For me the gold standard of grain. (DB, Fall 2015)" 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The name of this whisky ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
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Kaiyo "The Peated" Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu White Label "Malt & Grain" Japanese Blended Whiskey (750ml)

This unusual whisky takes advantage of Japan's relatively lax regulations for bottling "Japanese Whisky." In Japan, any whisky aged in Japan can be bottled as Japanese Whisky. Chichibu's owner and master distiller Ichiro Akuto travels the world acquiring barrels from every whisky producing nation. Those are shipped to his rack houses at Chichibu and aged for many years. He then makes a proprietary blend of the international whiskies and his own single malt and bottles it under the Chichibu "White Label". This special All-World blend consists of whiskies ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Kaiyo "The Single" 7 Year Old Mizunara Oak Finished Japanese Whisky (750ml)

Kaiyo has been a huge success with their negociant, no age statement blended whiskey bottlings. Now they introduce Kaiyo "The Single" 7 year old whiskey. This beautiful malt is made in Japan, double matured in aged bourbon barrels, and finished for 6 months on a rocking ship in Mizunara oak. The ship's motion extracts every bit of extra flavor from the extremely expensive Ariake Mizunara oak barrels. Made on a Coffey still, this malt drinks somewhere between Suntory's Toki and Nikka's Coffey Malt with the added complexity, fruitiness, and herbal notes of ... 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky (750ml)

Wine & Spirits: "*Year's Best Spirits 2016* 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—a ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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1990 Shinshu Mars Komagatake 27 Year Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)

The Mars distillery is very well regarded in Japan and is easily considered the "super third" after the famous Suntory and Nikka distilleries. They don't focus exclusively on traditional single malt and are prone to experiment. They only produce whisky in the winter months so production is very small. The Komagatake is their ultra-rare, four-barrel single malt. Three of the four barrels are from 1988 or earlier, while the fourth is from 1990. Only 1,286 bottles were produced, for which the distillery holds a lottery prior to release. This is the Japanese ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

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White Oak Distillery Akashi Grain Whisky (750ml)

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 non-age statement (NAS) grain whisky is light and fruity with a classic malty profile and a round, supple finish.


Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Kujira Ryukyu 20 Year Old "Bourbon Cask" Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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. Typically aged for just a few years and consumed at lower proof, the distillery began experimenting with high proof aging in ex-bourbon casks in 1989. The result are stocks of extremely old single grain whisky. The age and the american oak set this whisy 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 products. Stil ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $349.99 Add To Cart

Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Gin (750ml)

Nikka is continuing to expand its Coffey Still lineup with the addition of a new gin and vodka to complement the malt and grain-based whiskies distilled on the multi-story apparatus located in the Miyagikyo distillery. Using Japanese citrus varieties like yuzu, kabosu, amanatsu and shikuwasa, as well as sansho pepper and apples, the gin is a burst of fresh and fruity delights. That bright citric element is then paired with juniper, angelica, coriander and lemon peel to bolster it with a clean and aromatic finish. The result is familiar, yet completely un ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Ohishi "Tokubetsu Reserve" Japanese Whisky (750ml)

92 points Whisky Advocate: "This is a nuanced delicacy, so tread lightly. It offers a nose of rich apple, oloroso sherry, cranberry, pepper, fennel, star anise, and a touch of milk chocolate. The sherry casks are at play: dark ruby fruits, peppery spice, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel holds steady, with Cola Cubes, stewed blackberry, and apple peels as the spices fall out, ending with cocoa-dusted dried fruits. (KM, Winter 2017)" K&L Notes: The Ohishi distillery is located on the banks of the Kuma River, one Japan's fastest flowing rivers. The distillery ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $219.99 Add To Cart
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Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml)

Kaiyo is a negotiant bottler started by a drinks group led by former Asahi employee Mr. Watanabe who 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 ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Kikori Japanese Whiskey (750ml)

90 points Whisky Advocate: "Get back to nature; this is a whisky to savor during a spectacular sunrise. Lychee, edamame, pea shoots, green apple, and morning dew on lush lawns. As it warms and wakes up, there are hints of orange and some piquant spice. The taste jumps from lemongrass to lemon candies, with melon, mild peppercorn, gentle vanilla, creamy oak, and a few green notes at the end. (JM, Fall 2018)" K&L Notes: This traditional oak aged spirit from Japan is distilled from Koji fermented polished rice. Ultra delicate and easy going with a subtle s ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Nankai Shochu (750ml)

This unusual product from the southern Japanese island of Amami Oshima is the first vacuum distilled Shochu on the market. This tropical region of Japan is famous for it's sugar cane and this Shochu is fermented from a base of brown sugar and rice. The low temperature distillation provides one of the cleanest and smoothest distilled spirits on the market, the purity reputated by locals to leave you feeling great the next day, but it's easy enough to drink to be pretty dangerous. The Shochu is aged for a minimum of three years before being bottled at 24%. ... 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Teeda Japanese Okinawa Rum (750ml)

100% Okinawa grown, sugar cane pressed, fermented and distilled at the Helios Distillery before being aged in ex-bourbon American Oak.


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Ki No Bi "Tou" Kyoto Japanese Old Tom Gin (750ml)

Distiller's notes: "Based on an exclusive bottling – believed to be Japan’s first Old Tom – created by The Kyoto Distillery for the Tokyo International Bar Show, KI NO TOU takes our classic KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin and sweetens it post-distillation with kokutou (literally ‘black sugar’) from the Okinawan island of Yonaguni. Dating back to the 17th century, kokutou is made in such a way as to retain higher mineral content than other sugars; as well as sweetness it adds complexity. KI NO TOU is a Japanese gin created, blended and bottled at our dedicated ar ... 


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Shinshu Mars Iwai Tradition Blended Japanese Whisky (750ml)

The Mars distillery is very well regarded in Japan despite the low price point. The pot stills used to make this whisky were constructed in the '50s. The fat stills produce a very weighty and complex spirit that delivers a rich texture and complex aromas. Hombo Shuzo, the owners of the distillery, are one of Japan's top wine producers and therefore have access to great number of cask types. Most whisky is aged in sherry and bourbon, but the distillery is also experimenting with wine cask as well. Iwai has a richness and texture that many of the other ent ... 


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1982 Karuizawa "Geisha for Kinloz Culture Hong Kong" 30 Year Old Single Cask #3619 Japanese Single Malt Whisky (Previously $10000)

One of 282 bottles aged for more than 30 years in a sherry butt and bottled in 2015 for Kinloz Culture in Hong Kong.


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Shinshu Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky (750ml)

The Mars distillery is very well regarded in Japan and is easily considered the "super third" after the famous Suntory and Nikka distilleries. They don't focus exclusively on traditional single malt and are prone to experiment. They only produce whisky in the winter months so production is very small. This one is produced on the traditional pot stills at Shinshu Mars which was hand crafted in the 1950s. It is an usual blend of 65% corn, 10% Rye, and 25% non peated malt. The fat, wide stills produce a very weighty and complex spirit. Mars always delivers ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Ohishi Sherry Influence Japanese Whisky (750ml)

The Ohishi distillery is located on the banks of the Kuma River, one Japan's fastest flowing rivers. The distillery was founded in 1872 and produces some of the most exciting whisky coming out of Japan. Ohishi grows at least 30% of the rice that they distill, and the fertile soils and exceptional growing climate make for some of the finest base ingredients available. The strain of rice is called "gohyakumanishi" (meaning "five million stones"), and an organic method of cultivation is utilized that requires the use of koi carp for weed control. The rest o ... 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Vodka (750ml)

Nikka is continuing to expand its Coffey Still line-up with the addition of a new gin and vodka to complement the malt and grain based whiskies distilled on the multi-story apparatus located in the Miyagikyo distillery. The vodka is made from a recipe of malted barley and corn, each distilled separately in the Coffey still before blending. The dilution is made with Japanese spring water and the filtration using birch charcoal. The result is a clean and creamy textured spirit that should be all the rage among cocktail enthusiasts.


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Fukano "Jikan" Japanese Whisky (750ml)

Special edition Fukano blend of whiskies between 3 and 11 years of age. Only 1,200 bottles produced, this bottling celebrates the rich history of Hitoyoshi, Japan. The commemorative label nods to the history and myth surrounding the area of the Aoi Aso Shrine founded in 806. The whisky is all soft oak and honey with candied fruits. Just a tiny touch of sherry rounds everything out beautifully. The palate is rich and creamy.


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