Japan

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.

  1. Gassan Junmai Ginjo Izumo Sake

    Region: Japan

    Classification: Junmai Ginjo

    Polishing rate: 60%

    $49.00

    Low Stock (2 in store)


  2. Gozenshu 9 Regular Sake 500mL

    Region: Japan

    Classification: Junmai

    Polishing rate: 65%

    $35.00

    Low Stock (2 in store)


  3. Dewazakura Junmai Ginjo Omachi Sake

    Region: Japan

    Made from Omachi rice in the Yamagata Prefecture in northern Japan

    $69.00

    Out of Stock


  4. Grace Gris de Koshu 2015

    Region: Japan
    $36.00 by the dozen $40.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  5. Grace Gris de Koshu 2014

    Region: Japan

    Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2015 Gold Medal 2014 

    "Grace Wine, one of the pillars of the Koshu of Japan” - Jancis Robinson

    $36.00 by the dozen $40.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  6. $139.00

    Out of Stock


  7. $92.00

    Out of Stock


  8. $125.00

    Out of Stock


  9. $95.00

    Out of Stock


  10. $140.00

    Out of Stock


  11. $95.00

    Out of Stock


  12. Suntory Hakushu 12 YO Single Malt

    Region: Japan
    Distiller of the Year 2014 (Suntory) - Drinks International 'International Spirits Challenge'!
    $125.00

    Out of Stock


  13. Suntory Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Single Malt

    Region: Japan
    Distiller of the Year 2014 - Drinks International 'International Spirits Challenge'!
    $90.00

    Out of Stock


  14. Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old

    Region: Japan
    Distiller of the Year 2014 - Drinks International 'International Spirits Challenge'!
    $125.00

    Out of Stock


  15. Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old

    Region: Japan
    Distiller of the Year 2014 - Drinks International 'International Spirits Challenge'!
    $175.00

    Out of Stock


  16. $160.00

    Out of Stock


  17. Suntory Yamazaki 12 YO Single Malt

    Region: Japan
    Number 1 Single Malt in Japan!

    Distiller of the Year 2014 - Drinks International 'International Spirits Challenge'!
    $125.00

    Out of Stock


  18. Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve Single Malt

    Region: Japan
    Distiller of the Year 2014 - Drinks International 'International Spirits Challenge'!
    $90.00

    Out of Stock


  19. White Oak 'Tokinoka' Japanese Whisky

    Region: Japan
    Licenced since 1919 - the first producer in Japan to distil whisky!
    $95.00

    Out of Stock