Japan

Japan is renowned for its production of sake (Japanese rice wine), beer and whisky. However, Japan produces wine too, most notably, from the Koshu grape, a white grape indigenous to Japan.

Despite Japan's relatively short history of making whisky, Japanese whisky is fast becoming some of the most popular in the world. Japanese whisky was largely only sold and consumed domestically. The exposure from winning top world whisky awards and other accolades has drastically changed this. Made in the Scottish style, Japanese whiskies are typically more delicate and perfumed, with floral notes and honeyed sweetness. Japan makes single malt and blended whiskies.

Sake is arguably Japan's most unique export. Sake is Japanese rice wine, although referred to as "nihonshu" within Japan, and is made from fermenting rice which has been polished to remove the bran. Sake is primarily classified in relation to the level of polishing of the rice grains used, with the lower the percentage indicating a finer grain, and typically is considered of a higher quality. This classification ranges from the highest, 'daiginjo', to 'gingo', to 'honjozo'. Another important classification is 'junmai' which indictes that no extra distilled spirit has been added, and would suggest that the sake has a more rich, savoury flavour. Sake without the 'junmai' classification have had a distilled alcohol added and have a cleaner, more floral taste.

  • Grace Yamanashi de Grace 2021

    Grace Yamanashi de Grace 2021

    Region: Japan

    THIS NATIVE JAPANESE GRAPE IS MADE INTO A DELICIOUSLY LIGHT RED WITH A FRUITY EDGE - IT'S DIFFERENT AND WE LOVE IT FOR THAT

      "Bright medium ruby colour with a purple rim. A rich nose with fruity aromas such as fresh blueberry and plum, floral aromas such as rose and lavender, subdued oak, accented with soft spice aromas such as nutmeg and clove. Dry on the palate, fine...

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  • Nikka Session Blended Malt Whisky 43%

    Nikka Session Blended Malt Whisky 43%

    Region: Japan

    THE FIRST NEW WHISKY FOR NIKKA IN 6 YEARS!

      "Coming in an arresting blue glass bottle and a musical themed box, Nikka's Session is an exciting addition to the lineup of one of Japan's finest brands. This is Nikka's first world blended whisky, created from whisky produced at the Yoichi and...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Grace Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Private Reserve 2021

    [SOLD-OUT] Grace Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Private Reserve 2021

    Region: Japan

    WINE FRONT 94+ POINTS!
    HUON HOOKE 93 POINTS!

      "Brilliant pale yellow colour with a grey hue. The nose is rich, with aromas of fruits such as golden delicious apple, yellow peach and pear, spicy aromas from cloves and white pepper, and toastiness, giving impression of complexity. On sipping,...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Grace Gris de Koshu 2021

    [SOLD-OUT] Grace Gris de Koshu 2021

    Region: Japan

    WINNING GOLD AT DECANTER WINE AWARDS 5 YEARS RUNNING!
    WINE FRONT 93 POINTS!

      "Fresh with an overflow of fruity aromas such as white peach, pear, orange and orange peel, floral notes of sandalwood and jasmine, and spicy aromas of white pepper and clove. On the palate, smooth and round, with refreshing acidity and umami." -...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] The Nikka Tailored Premium Whisky 43%

    [SOLD-OUT] The Nikka Tailored Premium Whisky 43%

    Region: Japan

    TAILOR DESIGNED TO PERFECTION, A HYBRID OF NIKKA'S TRADITIONS AND MODERNITY

      "A fitting replacement for Nikka's 12 year old whisky. Though this Premium bottling no longer indicates age, the refinement and deep mellowness of the whisky is retained, as is the sense of tradition conveyed by the use of the original,...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Komasa Satsuma Mandarin Japanese Gin 40%

    [SOLD-OUT] Komasa Satsuma Mandarin Japanese Gin 40%

    Region: Japan

    THIS CRAFT GIN IS DISTILLED IN KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN AND USES THE WORLD'S SMALLEST MANDARINS GROWN ON AN ACTIVE VOLCANO AS A BOTANICAL.

      "Komasa Gin is the craft gin label proudly presented by Komasa Jyozo, a shochu distillery in Kagoshima, Japan with over 130 years of distilling history. We use our rice shochu as the base for Komasa Gin, to which we add juniper berries and as few...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Kirin Fuji Single Grain Whisky 46% 700mL

    [SOLD-OUT] Kirin Fuji Single Grain Whisky 46% 700mL

    Region: Japan

    GOLD MEDAL! INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2020

      "A brilliant single grain whisky from the Fuji Gotemba distillery, one of Japan’s most popular producers of grain whisky. It brings a deep and complex range of aromas and flavours to the table and they’re all delivered with an...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio IGT 2018

    [SOLD-OUT] Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio IGT 2018

    Region: Japan

    FLAVOURSOME CHARM PAIRED WITH CREAMY BODY AND MILD ACID. A DELICIOUS AND TOP SELLING GRIGIO!  "Hand harvested. The whole berries are pressed gently in a pneumatic press. After a first racking, the must is transferred to...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Ichiro's Malt & Grain World Blend Whisky

    [SOLD-OUT] Ichiro's Malt & Grain World Blend Whisky

    Region: Japan

    Made by Ichiro Akuto, multi-award winning "rockstar" of the Japanese whisky industry, at Chichibu Distillery "Ichiro Akuto's accessible Whisky is a "World Blend" of Malt and Grain Whiskies. Ichiro Akuto keeps the exact components undeclared, but...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Gassan Junmai Ginjo Izumo Sake

    [SOLD-OUT] Gassan Junmai Ginjo Izumo Sake

    Region: Japan

    Brewery: Yoshida Sake Brewery Brand: Gassan Region: Shimane Classification: Junmai Gingo Alc/vol: 15.5% Rice: Gohyakumangoku Rice polishing rate: 60% SMV: +1 Serve: cold

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    $49.00
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  • [SOLD-OUT] Dewazakura Junmai Ginjo Omachi Sake

    [SOLD-OUT] Dewazakura Junmai Ginjo Omachi Sake

    Region: Japan

    Wonderful Omachi Rice flavor with that signature Dewazakura fruity-melon component. Like all their sakes this one is imminently drinkable and an absolute pleasure. Pair with sweet corn tempura! - http://www.urbansake.com -   Made from Omachi rice,...

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    $69.00
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  • [SOLD-OUT] Nikka All Malt Whisky 700mL

    [SOLD-OUT] Nikka All Malt Whisky 700mL

    Region: Japan

    This bottling is the result of a vatting of Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts with a whisky made from 100% malted barley distilled in coffey stills.   COLOUR: Old gold with goldden highlights   NOSE: Lively and mineral. Animal (leather and smoked...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Nikka Whisky from the Barrel 500mL 51.4%

    [SOLD-OUT] Nikka Whisky from the Barrel 500mL 51.4%

    Region: Japan

    World Whisky Distiller of the Year (Nikka) - Drinks International 'International Spirits Challenge' 2015! "Oak, resin and winey notes on the nose. Smooth, creamy and mellow flavours. Good balance" Drinks International, September 2015

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  • [SOLD-OUT] White Oak 'Tokinoka' Japanese Whisky

    [SOLD-OUT] White Oak 'Tokinoka' Japanese Whisky

    Region: Japan

    Color Beautiful amber color Nose The nose is very fruity with apricots and dried fruits and a shy note of honey. Palate For an entry-level whisky I'm seduced by its slightly oily texture which gives it body and overcomes its lack of complexity. On the...

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