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Japanese Whisky

He may not be a household name in Denmark, but Masataka Taketsuru is known as the father of the Japanese whiskey industry. Ahead of the title is a long story about the union of the hardworking Japanese tradition and the experienced Scottish whisky market.


It all starts with soul and saké

Taketsuru is referred to as the founder of the Japanese whiskey industry. Not without reason. Growing up in a brewery family that cultivated the Japanese sake tradition (a beverage consisting of good rice and mountain water),he learned what it takes to produce quality-rich products. The brewer's soul should be traceable in the taste.

Taketsuru later traveled to Scotland in 1918 to study Scotch whiskey distillation at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, thus learning a lot about whiskey. Then followed a developmental journey that ended with Taketsuru setting up a malt whiskey distillery on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Nikka, which Taketsuru named the company, is today the second largest whiskey maker in Japan, and the whiskey can be purchased in over 140,000 locations in Japan. Whisky.dk brings Japanese whiskey closer to you.


The story:

Masataka Taketsuru was the first Japanese to study the art of whiskey in Scotland. He returned to Japan as a trained whiskey producer and joined Suntory, founded in 1899 by Shinjiiro Torii. Torii loved the west and the sun is an important symbol for the Japanese, so he took "Sun" and added an English version of his name, Torii, which then became Tory. For starters, Torii worked as a wine merchant and sold exclusive imported Spanish wine. His vision was to create Japanese whiskey for the Japanese. The Yamazaki Distillery, located outside Japan's old capital of Kyoto, started construction in 1923 under Taketsuru's leadership and it was completed in 1924 and the first whiskey was ready for bottling in 1929. Taketsuru wanted to make smoked whiskey by Scottish model, but Torii did not permit it. There were several additional things they did not agree with, and that resulted in Taketsuru quitting in 1934 when his contract expired. Over the years, Taketsuru had prepared and had planned his own distillery and he had managed the financing. He had searched for a Scottish-like climate and nature and found it on the northernmost island, Hokaido, in an area called Yoichi. He founded the company Nikka Whiskey Distillery Co. Ltd. and quickly started making whiskey. Already in 1940, the first bottles were sold. In 1969, he built another distillery in Sendai or Miyagikyo to meet demand. During his time in Scotland, he met Rita who later travelled to Japan and married him. Taketsuru died in 1979, aged 85.

There are more than 10 distilleries in Japan, but production is completely dominated by Suntory and Nikka, which together have about 85% of the market. Out of that 85%, Suntory has 70%. Suntory is one of the world's largest liquor producers with 22,000 employees in more than 176 companies. Their turnover is approx. 500 billion and 217 million bottles are sold annually. Japan also owns Yamazaki and Hakushu, which has the world's largest production facility. In Scotland, Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glengarioch have been purchased. Nikka owns Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Almost all of its malt is imported from Scotland - of which a great deal is smoked. Barrels are bought from the USA and Spain. Some Japanese oak barrels are also used. The climate is different in Japan. The summers are much warmer, and the whiskey is thus more affected by the oak barrels because it matures faster. The aroma becomes cleaner and fruity and less malty than Scottish single malt.

Japanese whiskey manufacturers do not exchange dishes with one another as they do in Scotland. Blended whiskey consists of whiskey from one and the same producer + Scottish. Instead, pot stills, heating methods, dishes, yeast types and smoke are varied.



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  • Akashi 5 years old Sherry Cask White Oak Distillery Eigashima Single Malt Japanese Whisky 50 cl 50%
    Item no.: 2222555478-3321
    Akashi 5 years old Sherry Cask White Oak Distillery Eigashima Single Malt Japanese Whisky 50 cl 50%

    Akashi 5 Year Whisky is a tasty Japanese Sherry Cask matured whisky from Eigashima White Oak Distillery, bottled at 50%. This unique 5-year-old whisky has been aged in sherry casks. It offers an intense fruity aroma of vanilla and not least a silky mouthfeel with dried fruits, almonds and a delicate finish with subtle notes of white flowers.

    Distillery: Akashi
    Age: 5 years
    Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 50 %
    Un-chillfiltered
    Natural Colour
    50 cl.
    Other: Sherry Cask
    • 1pcs.
      134,00EUR
  • Akashi Meisei Blended Japanese Whisky 50 cl 40%
    Item no.: 22227865403-342
    Distillery: Akashi
    Age: NA
    Type: Blended Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 40%
    50 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      49,50EUR
  • Akashi Red Blended Japanese Whisky 50 cl 40%
    Item no.: 059763-615-506
    Akashi Red Blended Japanese Whisky 50 cl 40%

    Distillery: Akashi
    Name: Akashi Red
    Age: NA
    Country: Japan
    Type: Blended Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 40 %
    50 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      33,50EUR
  • Akashi White Oak Blended Japanese Whisky 50 cl 40%
    Item no.: 22227865403-320
    Akashi White Oak Blended Japanese Whisky 50 cl 40%

    Distillery: Akashi
    Age: NA
    Country: Japan
    Type: Blended Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 40%
    50 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      44,00EUR
  • Akkeshi Boshu 2021 Peated Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 55
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-19727916
    Akkeshi Boshu 2021 Peated Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 55% Akkeshi Boshu is the third release in the "Solar Terms" series from Japanese distillery, Hokkaido Akkeshi. The whisky has a vanilla-sweet aroma combined with notes of bonfire and peat smoke. The taste is fresh with citrusy notes and tropical fruits, which together with the smoke create a well-balanced whisky.

    Distillery: Hokkaido Akkeshi DistilleryAge: NA Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky Alc. strength: 55% 70 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      603,00EUR
  • Chichibu 2013 Collection Antipodes Cask No. 9664 Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 61%
    Item no.: 22227865480-67093-0104
    Distillery: Chichibu
    Vintage: Distilled: 2013
    Age: NA
    Country: Japan
    Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Cask number/type: Cask No. #9664 / Chichibu Wine Cask
    Alc. strength: 61 %
    Number of bottles: 263 pcs.
    70 cl.
    Other: Collection Antipodes
    • 1pcs.
      1.340,25EUR
  • Chichibu Paris Edition 2019 Single Malt Japanese Whisky 50.5%.
    Item no.: 22227865401-7101
    Chichibu Paris Edition 2019 Japanese Single Malt Whisky 50.5% whisky in a 2019 Paris Edition, this Japanese Single Malt Whisky is bottled at 50.5%. With 1757 bottles worldwide, it is now a rarity. Aged in Mizunara and bourbon casks. Distillery: Paris Edition 2019 Age: Distilled: Bottled: 2019 Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky Alc. strength: 50,5 % 70 cl. Other: Only 1757 bottles. 1 Mizunara, 6 Bourbon Barrels bottled for La Maison du Whisky

    Chichibu

    Chichibu




    Hogshead
    • 1pcs.
      938,25EUR
  • Chichibu Paris Edition 2020 Single Malt Japanese Whisky 52.8%.
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-1972664
    Chichibu Paris Edition 2020 Japanese Single Malt Whisky 52,8% Distillery: Name: Paris Edition 2020 Country: Japan Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky ¨ Number of bottles: 1833 Alc. strength: 52,8 % 70 cl.

    Chichibu





    • 1pcs.
      697,00EUR
  • Chichibu Paris Edition 2021 Single Malt Japanese Whisky 53,5%.
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-19727919
    Chichibu Paris Edition 2021 Japanese Single Malt Whisky 53,5% Distillery: Name: Paris Edition 2021 Country: Japan Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky Number of bottles: 1757 Alc. strength: 53,5% 70 cl.

    Chichibu





    • 1pcs.
      697,00EUR
  • Chichibu The Peated 10th Anniversary 2018 Single Malt Japanese Whisky 55.5%.
    Item no.: 22227865403-7300
    Distillery: Chichibu The Peated Age: Distilled: 2013 Bottled: 2018 Type: Single Malt Japanese whisky Alc. strength: 55,5 % 70 cl. Other: Only 11550 bottles
    • 1pcs.
      536,00EUR
  • Fujimi The 7 Virtues of the Samurai Blended Whisky Japan 70 cl 40%
    Item no.: 22227865403-8922
    Distillery: Fujimi Name: The 7 Virtues of the Samurai Age: NA Type: Blended whisky from Japan Alc. strength: 40% 70 cl. Other: Fujimi means immortal in Japanese
    • 1pcs.
      53,50EUR
  • Fuyu Small Batch Blended Whisky Japan 70 cl 40%
    Item no.: 22227865403-8923
    Fuyu Small Batch Blended WhiskyFuyu whisky is what is called Small Batch Blended Whisky from Japan at 40%. Lots of sweetness and a lovely aftertaste. Distillery: Fuyu Small Batch Age: NA Type: Blended whisky from Japan Alc. strength: 40,5% 70 cl. Other: Includes cardboard box
    • 1pcs.
      50,75EUR
  • Hatozaki Pure Malt The Kaikyo Distillery Japanese Blended Whisky Japan 46%
    Item no.: 22227865403-500
    Distillery: Hatozaki Pure Malt ( The Kaikyo Distillery )
    Age: NA
    Type: Japanese Blended Whisky
    Alc. strength: 46%
    70 cl.
    Other: Hatozaki lighthouse in the city Akashi, is the oldest stone lighthouse in Japan, the distillery is very close. Owned by the Yonezawa family who have been distilling Sake since 1917.
    • 1pcs.
      46,75EUR
  • Hatozaki Small Batch 12 years The Kaikyo Distillery Blended Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 46%
    Item no.: 22227865480-67093-0151
    Distillery: Hatozaki (The Kaikyo Distillery)
    Age: 12 years
    Type: Blended Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
    Cask number/type: Umeshu Cask Finish
    Alc. strength: 46 %
    70 cl.
    Other: Small Batch
    • 1pcs.
      107,00EUR
  • Hatozaki The Kaikyo Distillery Japanese Blended Whisky 70 cl 40%
    Item no.: 22227865403-399
    Distillery: Hatozaki (The Kaikyo Distillery)
    Age: NA
    Country: Japan
    Type: Japanese Blended Whisky
    Alc. strength: 40%
    70 cl.

    Hatozaki lighthouse in the city Akashi, is the oldest stone lighthouse in Japan, the distillery is very close. Owned by the Yonezawa family who have been distilling Sake since 1917.
    • 1pcs.
      33,50EUR
  • Hibiki Harmony Suntory Blended Whisky Japan 43%
    Item no.: 22227865403-327
    Hibiki Harmony Suntory Blended Whisky Japan 43%Hibiki Harmony Suntory is a tasty Blended Whisky from Japan, bottled at 43% Distillery: Hibiki (Suntory) Japenese Harmony Age: NA Type: Blended Whisky Japan Alc. strength: 43% 70 cl. Other: Japanese whisky blended with grain and malt whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita
    • 1pcs.
      103,00EUR
  • Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries
    Item no.: 22227865403-314
    Distillery: Ichiro´s Malt Double Distilleries Age: NA Type: Pure Malt Japanese whisky Alc. strength: 46% 70 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      174,25EUR
  • Ichiros Malt Grain Japanese Blended Whisky Woodbox Limited Edition 2020 Japan
    Item no.: 22266555548779-9987
    Ichiro's Malt & Grain Japanese Blended Whisky Limited Edition 2020 Japan Ichiro's Malt & Grain Whisky from 2020 is a Limited Edition, composed of whisky casks from Japan. That's why this whisky is clearly labeled "Japanese Blended Whisky". It contains some of the oldest of Chichibu's and whisky from other Japanese distilleries. Presented in a beautiful wooden box with the Ichiro's logo laser engraved on the lid. Distillery: Ichiro's Malt & Grain Age: NA Bottled 2020 Type: Blended Japanese whisky Alc. strength: 48,5 % 70 cl. Other: Japanese Blended Whisky - Limited edition 2020 Whisky
    • 1pcs.
      3.619,25EUR
  • Ichiros Malt & Grain Limited Edition 44 Chichibu Blended Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 48
    Item no.: 2227865479-1106-197280322-149
    Distillery: ChichibuManufacturer: Ichiro´s Malt & Grain Age: NA Type: Blended Single Malt Japanese Whisky Alc. strength: 48% Un-chillfiltered Natural Color 70 cl. Other: Limited Edition 44
    • 1pcs.
      268,00EUR
  • Ichiros Malt and Grain World Blended Malt Whisky
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-1972606
    Ichiro´s Malt & Grain World Blended Malt Whisky 70 cl Japan 46,5% The "Ichirro´s Malt" series is not necessarily distilled at Chichibu, but rather the individual whiskies are selected and blended by master distiller Ichiro Akuto. This Malt & Grain version is composed of several casks, with both single malt from Chichibu and whiskies from America, Canada, Scotland and Ireland. A true "World Blended Whisky" and with an outstanding result! Distillery: Ichiro's Malt & Grain Age: NA Type: World Blended Japanese Whisky Alc. strength: 46,5 % 70 cl. Other: Not chill filtered and no added colorant
    • 1pcs.
      100,50EUR
  • Ichiros Malt & Grain Chichibu Whisky
    Item no.: 22227865403-306-
    Ichiro's Malt & Grain World Blended Whisky - Limited Edition 2018 Ichiro's Malt & Grain Whisky from 2018 is a Limited Edition, composed of whisky casks from around the world. Although in Japan you often see Scotch and Canadian whisky blended with Japanese whisky, this is not always communicated on the label - a highly questionable practice that Ichiro is naturally opposed to. That's why this whisky is clearly labeled 'World Blended Whisky'. It contains some of the oldest of Chichibu's own single malt, as well as distillates from the USA, Scotland and Ireland, among others.

    Distillery: Ichiro's Malt & Grain Age: NA Bottled 2018 Type: Blended Japanese whisky Alc. strength: 48 % 70 cl. Other: World Blended Whisky - Limited edition 2018 Whisky
    • 1pcs.
      294,75EUR
  • Ichiros Malt Grain World Blended Whisky Limited Edition 2020 Chichibu 70 cl Japan
    Item no.: 22266665989-63321
    Ichiro's Malt & Grain World Blended Whisky - Limited Edition 2020 Ichiro's Malt & Grain Whisky from 2020 is a Limited Edition, composed of whisky casks from around the world. Although in Japan you often see Scotch and Canadian whisky blended with Japanese whisky, this is not always communicated on the label - a highly questionable practice that Ichiro is naturally opposed to. That's why this whisky is clearly labeled 'World Blended Whisky'. It contains some of the oldest of Chichibu's own single malt, as well as distillates from the USA, Scotland and Ireland, among others.

    Distillery: Ichiro's Malt & Grain Age: NA Bottled 2020 Type: Blended Japanese whisky Alc. strength: 48 % 70 cl. Other: World Blended Whisky - Limited edition 2020 Whisky
    • 1pcs.
      294,75EUR
  • Ichiros Malt Double Distilleries 2021 Chichibu X Komagatake Blended Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 53,5%
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-19727920
    Ichiros Malt Double Distilleries 2021
    70cl / 53,5%
    Japanese Blended Malt

    Distillery
    Blended Malt from Chichibu and Komagatake
    • 1pcs.
      938,25EUR
  • Ichiro´s Malt Dr. Jekylls Expression of Chichibu Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-197278484
    Ichiro´s Malt Dr. Jekylls Expression of Chichibu Single Malt Japanese Whisky Ichiro´s Malt Dr. Jekylls Expression of Chichibu is a Japanese Single Cask. The sherry cask is handpicked and specially selected exclusively for Dr. Jekyll's Whisky Bar in the Norwegian capital Oslo. Enjoy Chichibu 2010 Ichiro's Malt Single Cask #2649 / Dr. Jekyll's Pub Distillery: Chichibu Name: Ichiro's Malt Dr. Jekylls Expression of ChichibuCountry: Japan Age: 7 years (December 2010 - December 2017) Number of bottles: 286 pcs Type: Single Malt whisky Cask no./type: #2649/Sherry Hogshead Alc. strength: 59,6% 70 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      2.680,75EUR
  • Ichiro´s Malt On The Way 2019 Chichibu Single Malt Whisky 70 cl. Japan 51.5 percent alcohol
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-197150
    Ichiro´s Malt On The Way 2019 Chichibu Single Malt Whisky After several fantastic releases in 2013 and 2015, the distillery Chichibu has decided to conclude the On the Way series with this wonderful blend of 7 to 10 year old casks. Ichiro's Malt On The Way 2019 has been aged in bourbon and mizunara oak and offers an incredibly rich flavor with fruity notes of apples, pears, citrus fruits. It then develops a vanilla flavor and a long, balanced finish. - Distillery: Chichibu - Name: On The Way - Number of bottles: 11,000 - Country: Japan - Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky - Alc. strength: 51.5% - 70 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      469,00EUR
  • Ichiros Malt Wine Wood Reserve 36 Chichibu Distillery Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 46%
    Item no.: 22227865403-810287
    Ichiros Malt Wine Wood Reserve 36 Chichibu Distillery Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 46%

    Ichiros Malt Wine Wood Reserve no 36 is aged, matured and vatted together at Chichibu Distillery. This tasty 46% Japanese Pure Malt Whisky also contains whisky from Scotland - In the aroma you'll find notes of white pepper, chocolate, black cherries and walnuts. The taste also includes cherries, raspberry jam, toffee and cinnamon.

    Distillery: Chichibu - Ichiro´s Malt Wine Wood Reserve
    Age: NA
    Type: Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 46 %
    70 cl.
    Other: This is edition no. 36
    • 1pcs.
      174,25EUR
  • Ichiros Malt Wine Wood Reserve 52 Chichibu Distillery Japanese Pure Malt Whisky 70 cl 46.5%
    Item no.: 5555444-9663254
    Ichiros Malt Wine Wood Reserve 52 Chichibu Distillery Japanese Pure Malt Whisky 46.5%Ichiros Malt Wine Wood Reserve no 52 is aged, matured and vatted together at Chichibu Distillery. This tasty 46.5% Japanese Pure Malt Whisky is a blend of single malts from both the closed distillery, Hanyu, and Ichiros own Chichibu. The whiskies have been aged at vinfade and are vatted together in an egg-shaped French oak cask (the so-called "Ovum") made by the Taransaud company. - In the aroma you will find notes of white pepper, chocolate, black cherries and walnuts. On the palate there are also cherries, raspberry jam, toffee and cinnamon. Distillery: Chichibu - Ichiro´s Malt Wine Wood Reserve Age: NA Type: Pure Malt Japanese Whisky Alc. strength: 46 % 70 cl. Other: This is edition no. 52
    • 1pcs.
      147,25EUR
  • World-class Japanese Whisky and other Asian single malt Whiskybog by Daniel Bruce
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-197172-01
    The book Japanese Whisky and Other World Class Asian Single Malt offers many amazing things such as a journey to some of the most famous distilleries in Japan, India and Taiwan. Even the smaller distilleries are visited, from the newly opened Mars Tsunuki to the small and unique Chichibu. In addition, the book also includes the history of how single malt is produced, where to buy Asian whisky and recipes for Asian whisky cocktails that you can make at home.

    The book: Japanese Whisky and other world-class Asian single malts Author: Daniel Bruce Publisher: Muusmann Pages: 177
    • 1pcs.
      33,50EUR
  • Kamiki Blended Malt Whisky Japan 50 cl
    Item no.: 22225555488-887412
    Kamiki Blended Malt Whisky from Japan

    Kamiki Blended Malt Whisky offers a well-balanced aroma of heather honey and sandalwood, while sweet caramel, Japanese plums with oak balanced by peat on the palate. It rounds off beautifully with hints of toffee and a long finish with a hint of green tea.

    Kamiki Blended Malt Whisky has won many prestigious awards, including:

    "90.5 Points" from Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2020
    "GOLD" from Roma Whisky Festival 2020
    "SILVER" from London Spirits Competition 2020
    "SILVER" from World Whisky Masters 2020

    Distillery: Kamiki
    Age: NA
    Type: Blended Whisky Japan
    Alc. strength: 48 %
    50 cl.
    • 1pcs.
      80,25EUR
  • Kamiki Intense Blended Malt Whisky Japan 50 cl
    Item no.: 2223333222-55547
    Kamiki INTENSE Wood is an exclusive version of Kamiki Blended Malt Whisky, where the nose in the glass is met by fried banana fritters with caramel and sesame. These aromas are also present on the palate, where you also get lightly toasted white bread, hints of spiced pear in red wine and crushed pepper. It finishes beautifully with notes of banana fritters, caramel and white pepper.Kamiki Intense has won many prestigious awards, including: "91 Points" from the Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2020 "Chairman's Trophy" (best award) from the Ultimate Spirit Challenge 2019 "SILVER" from the Singapore World Spirits Competition 2019 Distillery: Kamiki Intense Age: NA Type: Blended Whisky Japan Alc. strength: 48% 50 cl. Other:
    • 1pcs.
      87,00EUR
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