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Suntory "Hibiki Japanese Harmony" Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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. ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $74.99 Add To Cart
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Fukano 10 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Cask Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

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Helios Distillery "Kura The Whisky" Rum Cask Finished Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

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Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Grain Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
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Kujira Ryukyu 20 Year Old "Bourbon Cask" Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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. Typically aged for just a few years and consumed at lower proof, the distillery began experimenting with high proof aging in ex-bourbon casks in 1989. The result are stocks of extremely old single grain whisky. The age and the american oak set this whisy 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 products. Stil ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $349.99 Add To Cart

Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 negotiant bottler started by a drinks group led by former Asahi employee Mr. Watanabe who ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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White Oak Distillery Akashi Grain Whisky (750ml)

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 non-age statement (NAS) grain whisky is light and fruity with a classic malty profile and a round, supple finish.


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Kaiyo "The Single" 7 Year Old Mizunara Oak Finished Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Suntory Roku Japanese Gin

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 ... 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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Ichiro's Malt Chichibu White Label "Malt & Grain" Japanese Blended Whiskey (750ml)

This unusual whisky takes advantage of Japan's relatively lax regulations for bottling "Japanese Whisky." In Japan, any whisky aged in Japan can be bottled as Japanese Whisky. Chichibu's owner and master distiller Ichiro Akuto travels the world acquiring barrels from every whisky producing nation. Those are shipped to his rack houses at Chichibu and aged for many years. He then makes a proprietary blend of the international whiskies and his own single malt and bottles it under the Chichibu "White Label". This special All-World blend consists of whiskies ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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White Oak "Akashi" Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $249.99 Add To Cart

Kaiyo "The Peated" Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky (750ml)

90 points Whisky Advocate: "This is utterly unique; made from imported Scottish peated malt, it spends 2 years in madeira casks, then 6 years in mizunara casks. Light, clean, fruity refreshment: apple, white grape, lingering cigar smoke, coconut macaroons, and ample Japanese oak influence. Apple and watermelon flavors, developing a more sugary fruitiness of Life Savers hard candy, all brushed with gentle spice and a swish of smoke. Jonny McCormick (Summer 2019)" K&L Notes: Kaiyo is a negotiant bottler started by a drinks group led by former Asahi employ ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Kaiyo "The SHERI" Mizunara Oak Finished Japanese Whisky (750ml)

The next installment of Kaiyo's excellent Japanese whisky. Only 450 cases released world wide. Aged in Olorosso and PX casks and finished in Mizunara oak.


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Akkeshi "New Born - Peated" Single Malt Japanese Spirit (200ml)

The second distillery based in Akkeshi town on the northern island of Hokkaido makes their whiskey with an open nod to Islay. Peated malts are the norm here, with the purest water being drawn from the Homakai river. The barrel regimen includes not only bourbon and sherry casks, but also the rarely seen Japanese oak casks.


Inventory: Hollywood

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Japanese Blended Whiskey #1 21 Year Old "That Boutique-y Whisky Company" Batch #3 Japanese Whisky 375ml

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 DO, however, imply that this whisky is distilled aged and blended entirely in Japan and therefore represents a style of whisky that is all but extinct on our shelves. Whether or not this was distilled 100% in Japan is second to the fact that it's abs ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $179.99 Add To Cart

Ki No Bi Kyoto Japanese Dry Gin (750ml)

This special gin, distilled blended and bottled in Kyoto, is a classic dry gin with a distinct Japanese twist. Starting with a rice spirit base and traditional dry gin botanicals, the Ki No Bi adds yellow yuzu, Japanese cyrpess wood, bamboo, gyokuro tea and Japanese green sansho peppercorns. The result is a tantalizing burst of unique and exotic flavors around an already spectacular and familiar dry gin. A excellent addition to the ever expanding selection of quality gins coming from around the world.


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Gin (750ml)

Nikka is continuing to expand its Coffey Still lineup with the addition of a new gin and vodka to complement the malt and grain-based whiskies distilled on the multi-story apparatus located in the Miyagikyo distillery. Using Japanese citrus varieties like yuzu, kabosu, amanatsu and shikuwasa, as well as sansho pepper and apples, the gin is a burst of fresh and fruity delights. That bright citric element is then paired with juniper, angelica, coriander and lemon peel to bolster it with a clean and aromatic finish. The result is familiar, yet completely un ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky (750ml)

Wine & Spirits: "While it may seem that our world is suddenly awash in Japanese single malts, the fact is that we’re already in a shortage. Last year, as demand continued to build for its limited stocks, Suntory took the age statement off its Hibiki, suggesting less of the precious older stocks were being used. This year, they’ve introduced Toki, a welcome addition to the portfolio. Whereas Hibiki is a burnished, complex sipper, Suntory’s latest release, Toki, is a light, bright, perky spirit with a surprising punch of flavor—apple, citrus and honey note ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

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Nikka "Taketsuru" Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
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Teeda Japanese Okinawa Rum (750ml)

In the Japanese deep south, Okinawa's subtropical climate is perfectly suited for growing cane. There in 1961, the Helios distillery began making rum from the freshly cut Okinawan sugarcane. The distillery presses the black cane in house. A perfect medium for micro-biological growth, the cane juice begins fermenting immediately. The fermented juice is distilled in potstills and aged in American Oak for upwards of five years. A truly unique expression of Sugarcane juice rum from one of Japan's most interesting distillers.


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Shinshu Mars Iwai Tradition Blended Japanese Whisky (750ml)

The Mars distillery is very well regarded in Japan despite the low price point. The pot stills used to make this whisky were constructed in the '50s. The fat stills produce a very weighty and complex spirit that delivers a rich texture and complex aromas. Hombo Shuzo, the owners of the distillery, are one of Japan's top wine producers and therefore have access to great number of cask types. Most whisky is aged in sherry and bourbon, but the distillery is also experimenting with wine cask as well. Iwai has a richness and texture that many of the other ent ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Ki No Bi "Tou" Kyoto Japanese Old Tom Gin (750ml)

Distiller's notes: "Based on an exclusive bottling – believed to be Japan’s first Old Tom – created by The Kyoto Distillery for the Tokyo International Bar Show, KI NO TOU takes our classic KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin and sweetens it post-distillation with kokutou (literally ‘black sugar’) from the Okinawan island of Yonaguni. Dating back to the 17th century, kokutou is made in such a way as to retain higher mineral content than other sugars; as well as sweetness it adds complexity. KI NO TOU is a Japanese gin created, blended and bottled at our dedicated ar ... 


Inventory: Redwood City

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Ohishi "Tokubetsu Reserve" Japanese Whisky (750ml)

92 points Whisky Advocate: "This is a nuanced delicacy, so tread lightly. It offers a nose of rich apple, oloroso sherry, cranberry, pepper, fennel, star anise, and a touch of milk chocolate. The sherry casks are at play: dark ruby fruits, peppery spice, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel holds steady, with Cola Cubes, stewed blackberry, and apple peels as the spices fall out, ending with cocoa-dusted dried fruits. (KM, Winter 2017)" K&L Notes: The Ohishi distillery is located on the banks of the Kuma River, which is one of Japan's fastest flowing rivers. The ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $219.99 Add To Cart
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Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Malt Whisky (750ml)

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 ... 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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Kikori Japanese Whiskey (750ml)

90 points Whisky Advocate: "Get back to nature; this is a whisky to savor during a spectacular sunrise. Lychee, edamame, pea shoots, green apple, and morning dew on lush lawns. As it warms and wakes up, there are hints of orange and some piquant spice. The taste jumps from lemongrass to lemon candies, with melon, mild peppercorn, gentle vanilla, creamy oak, and a few green notes at the end. (JM, Fall 2018)" K&L Notes: This traditional oak aged spirit from Japan is distilled from Koji fermented polished rice. Ultra delicate and easy going with a subtle s ... 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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Fukano 16 Year Old First-Fill Sherry Cask Matured Japanese Whisky (750ml)

This is the oldest age stated release for the category leader for this new wave of Japanese Whisky from the south. Some purists cry foul because these are distilled from fermented rice and CANNOT be called whisky in Japan, but the products meet the definition of whisky in the United States and so here we are. This distillery also has a long tradition of aging their spirits in a combination of unusual cask types from new and used American oak to brandy puncheons and of course massive sherry butts. There's no question they had something special in mind whe ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

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1982 Karuizawa "Geisha for Kinloz Culture Hong Kong" 30 Year Old Single Cask #3619 Japanese Single Malt Whisky (Previously $10000)

One of 282 bottles aged for more than 30 years in a sherry butt and bottled in 2015 for Kinloz Culture in Hong Kong.


Inventory: Hollywood

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Shinshu Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky (750ml)

The Mars distillery is very well regarded in Japan and is easily considered the "super third" after the famous Suntory and Nikka distilleries. They don't focus exclusively on traditional single malt and are prone to experiment. They only produce whisky in the winter months so production is very small. This one is produced on the traditional pot stills at Shinshu Mars which was hand crafted in the 1950s. It is an usual blend of 65% corn, 10% Rye, and 25% non peated malt. The fat, wide stills produce a very weighty and complex spirit. Mars always delivers ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Vodka (750ml)

Nikka is continuing to expand its Coffey Still line-up with the addition of a new gin and vodka to complement the malt and grain based whiskies distilled on the multi-story apparatus located in the Miyagikyo distillery. The vodka is made from a recipe of malted barley and corn, each distilled separately in the Coffey still before blending. The dilution is made with Japanese spring water and the filtration using birch charcoal. The result is a clean and creamy textured spirit that should be all the rage among cocktail enthusiasts.


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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