Japan’s sun is rising and shining bright! It’s a destination hotspot to visit and drink well – foreign visitors have tripled in the last five years, international recognition of its whiskies has swept through in the form of awards and trophies and its once waning whisky industry now heaves with worldwide demand. Supply cannot keep up with stratospheric demand and unfortunately stocks are dwindling, which in turn has pushed prices up. Aged statements are becoming ever so rare.
Prized for their elegance and detail, Japanese whiskies have reached astronomical heights in their pricing. And it looks like they are set to climb. Suntory and Nikka are the main players. When Nikka announced a few years ago they were no longer producing two of their whiskies; Miyagikyo 12yo and Yoichi 15yo, prices almost tripled overnight. Well, it’s happening again. From June this year, Suntory will no longer make two of their aged statements; Hakushu 12yo and Hibiki 17yo. Already prices have started to soar.
Here’s your chance to secure a few of the great Japanese aged statements we have been lucky enough to get our hands on before their pricing sky rockets.
We are offering special prices on the three whiskies below for a short time, unless sold out before. Stocks are very limited.
Hakushu 12yo 700ml
Limit 2 per customer
From the Hakushu distillery which is set amidst spectacular pine forests and pure water sources close to the Japanese Alps at 700m altitude, this is centred around bright fruits with subtle match stick notes.
‘Pure and very clean. Sweet lime, green fruits then a hint of smoke and a buttery meadow sweet/chamomile note. Light to the point of fragility. Honey, lemon and a little ginger. Delicacy to the fore. A breakfast dram if there were ever one.’ Dave Broom, Whisky Magazine Issue 64
Yamazaki 12yo 700ml
Limit 2 per customer
The flagship single malt of Japan, this is distilled at the Yamazaki distillery, Japan’s first and oldest distillery on the outskirts of Kyoto. Aged in a trio of three different wood finishes; sherry, bourbon & Mizunara (Japanese) this is a very sophisticated expression.
‘…lightly woody/sappy and delicately spicy; understated, deep and enticing aroma… midpalate stage shows off a richness that’s world-class, toffee-like and woody/resiny. Ends richly, understated, nutty/nougaty … www.spiritjournal.com
Hibiki 17yo 43% (700ml)
Limit 1 per customer
Hibiki translates as ‘harmony’ – certainly painting the picture for this most harmonious, blended whisky. With a high proportion of single malts, over 50%, thirty different malts are used from Suntory’s three distilleries, most with an age well above 17 years.
‘A multi-award winning blend, Hibiki presents a fragrant and floral nose, with orange blossom, almonds and spices. Full bodied and creamy on the palate, with a beguiling blend of stewed fruits and spices. Long, fruity and spicy in the finish, with pleasing oak notes and a final touch of vanilla. A rich, confident blend, full of class and elegance.’– www.whisky-pages.com
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