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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. ...


Possibly the sexiest Nigori we have ever tasted. You don't usually see Nigori at a Ginjo level! This is sleek and delightfully light. There is a touch of carbonation, which helps lift the sweetness of the rice. Great fruity notes and a very clean style for a creamy sake. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)
Price: $12.99

Tamagawa Sake has built a reputation for producing ultra high-quality sake of great distinction. The brewery, called Kinoshita, was established in 1842 and is the only Japanese sake brewery under the direction of a non-Japanese toji, the illustrious Philip Harper. The house style prioritizes intensity of flavor and elegance, but retains exquisite balance nonetheless. The spectacular "Red Label" Yamahai is fermented with ambient yeast unique to the Kinoshita Brewery and is never filtered or diluted. One of the most robust and full-flavored in their portfo...
Price: $34.99

Founded in 1874, Tenju Shuzo is a tightly knit, family-owned brewery enjoying its sixth generation of sake production. To ensure the quality of their product, the brew masters at Tenju use only naturally filtered, soft water from nearby Mt. Chokai and rice grown by exclusively commissioned local farmers. A unique yeast derived from flowers gives this exceptionally elegant sake a pronounced floral bouquet. Tones of licorice and fresh herbs, coupled with a hint of asian pear, make this a perfect example of everything Junmai Daiginjo has to offer. Serve as ...
Price: $49.99

Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Sake (300ml)
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Junmai Ginjo is the second-highest grade of sake, the rice-based alcoholic beverage that has become a strong symbol of Japanese culture. To qualify for this prestigious title a sake must be made with rice polished (to remove bran and improve taste) to below 60 percent of its original weight, and must not be fortified with distilled alcohol. Producer Note: "This is a light and comfortably dry premium Sake with the aroma of fresh cantaloupe and banana followed by medium body bringing refreshing Mandarin orange like overtones. With just the right amount of...
Price: $10.99

Watari Bune is an "heirloom" rice strain, meaning it has never been crossed with another variety. It is also one of the parent strains to Yamada Nishiki, the most celebrated sake rice. Watari Bune had gone out of use for fifty years until this brewery revived it in 1989 with 14 grams of seeds. By 1996, they won a gold medal at Japan's National Sake Competition, and another in 1998. This is deep nutty earthy and complex sake with a balancing tropical pineapple and honeydew melon to balance. One of the best pairings for umami rich foods like pate or monkfi...
Price: $42.99
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This special release from Iwai is aged in rare Japanese Wine Casks from the Yamanashi Winery. The resulting whisky is deep red in color and full of spice and sweet stewed fruit. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Iwai is Japanese most underappreciated whisky, not garnering the media attention that some of their competitors do. But, they continue to product extremely solid and always delicious whiskies for a very reasonable price.
Price: $69.99


Helios Distillery "Kura The Whisky" Rum Cask Finished Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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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...
Price: $59.99

Fukano 10 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Cask Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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This exceptional single barrel from the premier producer of malted rice whisky in Japan reaches new levels of elegance. Aged for ten long years in toasted brandy puncheons, the oak still takes a backseat to the exceptionally smooth and fruit forward spirit. Nonetheless, we're reaching the upper limits of what we've experienced in terms of aging this type of spirit and it retains plenty of texture without exhibiting any overt rice or sake flavors. Instead, expect complex aromatics with a strong citrus and subtle vanilla quality. Hints of white rose, acaci...
Price: $99.99

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

Kikusui has been run by the Takasawa family for five generations. They are committed to producing the highest quality sake at an affordable price. From the producer: "This is a light and comfortably dry premium Sake with the aroma of fresh cantaloupe and banana followed by a medium body bringing refreshing Mandarin orange-like overtones. With just the right amount of body and a comfortable dryness it enhances any dish you eat. This is a great white wine alternative that is perfect for Sake lovers and beginners alike."
Price: $24.99

The ultra well regarded Nagayam Honke Brewery in Yamaguchi prefecture has become one of the hottest brands in Japan. Toji Takashiro Nagayama took over as 4th generation President of the venerated and very traditional brewery in 2001, but Takashiro san isn't satisfied to rest on his laurels. Before taking over as Master Brewer, Takashiro san spent years making and falling in love with the wines of Burgundy. He worked with Philippe Pacalet and has a particular proclivity for Chablis. It is from this esthetic, an ideal of terroir, from which he creates his ...
Price: $32.99


Founded in the 1540s in the small town of Kinomoto in Shiga Prefecture, Tomita Brewery is one of the oldest and smallest breweries in Japan. Seven Spearsman pays tribute to the victorious battle of Shizugatake in Kinomoto in 1583, which boosted their leader, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, to soon secure dominance over all of Japan. Starting in the Edo period, the sake from Tomita brewery was aptly named "sake of victory" after the town's great warriors. Yasunobu Tomita, the 15th generation of the family, is committed to making sake using only local ingredients. Yam...
Price: $34.99
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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 ...

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


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

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...
Price: $54.99

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 tightly wound than the standard strength whisky. Juicy orange, quick firecracker spices, and more toffee sweetness; it becomes heavy and thick, flaunting high alcohol, then turns creamier with marzipan, orange Jell-O, and singed oak spices. Jonny McCormick (Summer 2019)" K&L Notes: Kaiyo is a bottler started by a drinks group led by former Asahi employee Mr. Watanabe who was able ...

The gorgeous Ginjo Genshu from Kizakura Brewery in Kyoto is brewed from Gohyakumangoku and Gin-Ohmi and polished to 60%. Founded in 1925, Kizakura is committed to the highest quality at every turn. Known for their Yamahai this Ginjo Genshu is a little less serious, but not at all boring. Intended to bring Sake into the everyday drinking category without sacrificing quality or authenticity, expect a vibrant nose of tart red fruit, mellow ripe pear, and subtle floral aromas. The palate is clean crispy, dry and refreshing. Due to the uncut nature of Genshu ...
Price: $5.99

A truly unique expression of the terroir of Kanagawa Prefecture. The Izumibashi Brewery is one of just a handful of producers who grow, mill and brew 100% of their own sake. Made in the very oldest traditional Kimoto method, The Kuro Tombo is a true product of place. Utilizing natural koji & yeast, the Kimoto process gives this special sake a character specific character that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. The Hashi Family controls the process from the seed to bottle and uses water from the Izumi River to irrigate the fields as well as brew this spe...
Price: $39.99

This is a unique collaboration between former Piper-Heidsieck Master Blender/Cellar Master Regis Camus and the famous Dassai Brewery in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The result is a luxurious Junmai Daiginjo unlike any other on the market. Mr. Camus has created a sake for the wine aficionado that seeks to highlight the aromatic potential of the ancient fermented rice beverage. He's selected the finest brewers in Japan to create this Franco-Japanese composition and works closely with the brewer to develop a unique expression of using traditional methods. Expect a...
Price: $99.99

Flagship sake from the Konoshita Brewery: "The most popular Tamagawa in the daiginjo range, and the first of our products ever to go overseas, chosen when it won double Gold Medals domestically and overseas in 2007. With a silky viscosity on the palate and rich aromatics, it is a full-flavored presence in the daiginjo class and an excellent food sake."
Price: $49.99

Akita Seishu was founded by Jushiro Ito in 1865 in a 150-year old thatched roof estate that was built at the end of the Edo period in Daisen City, in Akita Prefecture, in northeastern Japan. Akita Seishu values everything local, and treasures the harmonious relationships between man and nature. Akita Seishu's Dewatsuru is available in the United States for the first time. The name literally means 'the crane of the Dewa region,' and this sake brings to mind the beautiful, graceful birds, with regal lines, showing off their plumage in the snow country of n...
Price: $29.99

Founded in 1855 in Niigata Prefecture, Shirataki Shuzo takes advantage of the pristine water sources around Echigo Yuzawa town. These waters are the result of abundant melting winters snows that then filter through a coal vein underneath the mountain on their way into the valley where the brewery is located. This is the foundation of Shirataki's artisinal sake. Uonoma Noujun is made from rice polished to 80% of its weight, and the resulting brew is aged for two years to develop a rich, savory flavor profile.
Price: $32.99

This is truly old school brewery from Gifu prefecture was founded in 1868. They like to say "Nothing has changed from the beginning." One of the smallest breweries in Japan, they're making only a few thousand bottles a year and most of it is sold locally in large format. This is their "small size" - a still hefty 900ml. Without access to modern technology, the entire process is extremely labor intensive and slow. The locally procured rice is milled in-house, a practice which normally would never happen in a brewery this small. Yamada Shoten use a locally...
Price: $29.99

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

This sake is made by the Marumoto Brewery, which is nicknamed "The Farmers’ Brewery" because the farmers who grow the rice also brew the sake. An estate-bottled sake, Chikurin is made from 100% Yamada Nishiki, the most famous variety of sake rice. This is a blend of the their fresh sake and up to four year old tank aged sake offering extreme complexity while not overpowering the palate. A true farm to table sake of the highest order and one of the most approachable and versatile bottles in the store.
Price: $19.99

Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 59%, this unfiltered sake still has the lees in it, which gives it a cloudy appearance and a bit sweeter taste than a more modern filtered sake. Made by Rihaku Shuzo in the Shimane Prefecture, it is rich, creamy and quite long at the end.
Price: $30.99



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

The legendary Masumi Brewery in Nagano is widely considered one of the finest Sake operations in Japan. Founded in 1662 in the town of Suwa, the brewery committed to perfection and extreme attention to detail without giving up tradition. Their famous President Masaru Miyasaka and his prodigy brew master Chisato Kubota became famous for traveling across Japan like Buddhist monks in search of knowledge and truth in Sake production. Indeed, Kubota is responsible for discovering a new and highly prized yeast strain in 1946, forever cementing Masumi Brewery's...
Price: $13.99



Isojiman has taken great care in sourcing the very best sake rice available for over 30 years, back at a time when that was not a priority for most of the industry. Rice farmers have remained loyal to the brewery as well, often sending their best harvests to the brewery. The Isojiman Junmai Ginjo shows remarkably bright tropical fruit with notes of apricot and pear, all made possible by AAA rated Yamada Nishiki rice from Hyogo Prefecture, milled to 55%.
Price: $54.99

Koshi No Iso Muroka Genshu Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)
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Koshi No Iso Brewery was founded in 1909 along the ocean coast of Echizen in Fukui Prefecture. Post-War the brewery was relocated approximately 30km inland. Founded in an area bountiful with seafood from the Sea of Japan, much of Koshi No Iso’s style reflects the terroir of the coastal village. This tiny brewery is truly a family operation, which focuses on small batch production and only makes non-fortified pure rice sake. Muroka genshu is not charcoal filtered and has no water added before bottling. It is typically only available to brewery staff and i...
Price: $34.99

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 ...

The incredible Dewazakura brewery is one of Yamagata prefecture's finest and most inventive brewers. This is their top of the line offering featuring 35% polish and +3 on the Sake Meter. Acidity registers at 1.2. After a long slow fermentation, this special Sake is aged for 5 years before bottling. The result is an ultra rich, dense body, yet without oxidized flavors or funkiness at all. Exotic floral and fruit notes explode from the glass along with the wonderful deep texture. The power and complexity means that this wonderful sake can be enjoyed with s...
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


Kaiyo "The SHERI" Mizunara Oak Finished Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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The next installment of Kaiyo's excellent Japanese whisky. Only 450 cases released world wide. Aged in Oloroso and PX casks and finished in Mizunara oak.
Price: $129.99

Fresh, crisp, clean, and delicious! This is the Demon Slayer style so ultra dry sugar levels, but it remains absolutely balanced and without a sharp bite. While this wonderful dry style does wonderfully served cold, you can absolutely serve it at room temperature to exhibit more intense aromatics. An absolute joy to drink and easily at the top of my list for recommending to both sake experts and newcomers alike. An incredible value at with nearly 2 liters of Sake in the bottle. It does not need to be consumed quickly and will last in the fridge for sever...
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: 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, and a hint of jun...

Whisky Advocate: "Now a hugely welcome part of the core range, this whisky—made in Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery—uses 100% malted barley as its base. The nose is all tinned peach, tropical fruit juice, and baked banana, with a surprising green celery note, coconut, and sherbet. The palate is silky, with some chocolate, biscuity oak, and orange blossom honey. Water brings those green notes forward to add freshness to the peach cobbler sweetness. The grain revolution builds. (DB, Fall 2014)" K&L Notes: Finally here! You've tasted the amazing N...
Price: $64.99

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: $22.99

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This blended whisky is golden and bright, with warm, distinctly nutty tones on nose and palate. Almond and pecan wind into a long, drying finish laced with ginger, lemon zest and white flowers. (KN)" (12/2019) K&L Notes: This very delicious and enigmatic blended Japanese whisky from one of Scotland's adept bottlers sells out around the world in minutes. We're lucky to have access to these special stocks but can't say much about the source as the bottlers are contractually prohibited from disclosing their source. The bottlers...
Price: $179.99