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Suntory "Hibiki Japanese Harmony" Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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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. ...
Price: $74.99

Kaiyo "K&L Exclusive" Cask #541 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Like so many Japanese whiskies that have come to the market in recent years, Kaiyo remains an enigma. It tastes delicious, there is a tantalizing background story to the brand, but the level of detail a whisky geek desires always seem in short supply. No matter, ultimately when the price is right and the whisky tastes great, we are here to pull the trigger. The two casks are similar in their story, but very different in the final profile. Both are Japanese in origin, presumably teaspooned malt from the same source. They were placed into Mizunara oak for ...
Price: $99.99

Kaiyo "K&L Exclusive" Cask #543 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Like so many Japanese whiskies that have come to the market in recent years, Kaiyo remains an enigma. It tastes delicious, there is a tantalizing background story to the brand, but the level of detail a whisky geek desires always seem in short supply. No matter, ultimately when the price is right and the whisky tastes great, we are here to pull the trigger. The two casks are similar in their story, but very different in the final profile. Both are Japanese in origin, presumably teaspooned malt from the same source. They were placed into Mizunara oak for ...
Price: $99.99

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...
Price: $34.99

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.
Price: $39.99


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...
Price: $29.99

The mineral aspects of this wonderfully crisp sake are the main focus, but there's a bit of fruit as well to round out the back end. It's just a polished, strikingly elegant sake that should pair with just about anything.
Price: $27.99


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...
Price: $59.99

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 ...
Price: $27.99

Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 59%, this unfiltered sake still has the lees in it, which gives it a cloudy appearance and a bit sweeter taste than a more modern filtered sake. Made by Rihaku Shuzo in the Shimane Prefecture, it is rich, creamy and quite long at the end.
Price: $30.99

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 cypress 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.
Price: $59.99

The next installment of Kaiyo's excellent Japanese whisky. Only 450 cases released worldwide. Aged in Mizunara oak before being finished in PX and oloroso sherry casks.
Price: $129.99

Gohyakumangoku rice polished to 55%. This beautifully balanced, Honjozo-style sake is clean and refreshing with a nose reminiscent of pine needles, lychee, wintergreen, and dried pear. Slightly off dry on the palate and full of eucalyptus, cucumber, and mineral notes, the added alcohol makes for a clean, dry finish.
Price: $33.99

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...
Price: $99.99

This Junmai is polished to 65%. Enticing aromatics of rich banana and apple. "Tochigi 14" Rice gives this rich, dry sake a plum and blood orange element with a hint of passion fruit.
Price: $32.99

Just three ingredients in this delicious new sparkling soda. Fresh yuzu juice, cane sugar and sparkling water. Crisp clean and perfect for mixing drinks, the yuzu provides the perfect balance between sweet and sour. The yuzus are ethically farmed and purchased directly from independent farmers providing much needed assistance to the shrinking Japanese agricultural sector. The water is some of Japan's finest from Aichi prefecture. The cane sugar is organic. Nothing more nothing less. The Kimino brand follows the "Kanso Philosphy" removing anything that is...
Price: $3.49

Yawaraka’s mild 12% alcohol content makes it an easy-going companion to whatever emerges from the kitchen. Please do not agonize over food pairings with this sake. Yawaraka is more like a family friend, welcome at the table, always agreeable, good company glass after glass. This charming junmai, with its faint taste of wild plum, represents a new direction for Japanese brewers. It is smooth and gentle, with sweetness and acidity in finely etched balance. Ideal for lunchtime sake-sipping.
Price: $22.99

Polished to 60%. This is a classic, delicious Honjozo with crimini mushroom, almonds and lilac on the nose. The first sip of this sake is full of stone fruit and pure minerality followed by notes of caramel, cocoa and almond and finishes with plenty of umami. Unique to this sake, and something the brewer is now famous for in Japan, is blending sakes that are 1-3 years old, to create this incredible, harmonious sake.
Price: $23.99

From the producer: "HAKU Vodka, brought to life by the House of Suntory, is a Japanese premium craft vodka made from 100 percent Japanese white rice. Although the Japanese word "haku" literally means "white," the subtlety of the Japanese language often gives the characters several meanings. While "haku" is rooted in the word "hakumai," meaning white rice, the nuanced meaning can also be translated as "junpaku," which means an untainted brilliance and refers to HAKU's clear, clean, and luminous flavor. HAKU begins its distillation process in Kagoshima, K...
Price: $29.99

Polished to 50%. Aromas of green apple, melon and sweet pea. Flavors of melon rind, dried pear, cashew and white pepper with an intriguing herbal crisp dry finish.
Price: $35.99

Tamagawa "Ice Breaker" Fresh Pressed Namagenshu Sake (720ml)
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Tamagawa Sake has built a reputation for producing ultra high-quality sake of great distinction. The brewery, called Kinoshita, was established in 1842 and is the only Japanese sake brewery under the direction of a non-Japanese toji, the illustrious Philip Harper. The house style prioritizes intensity of flavor and elegance, but retains exquisite balance nonetheless. Cask-strength, deep-flavored and spicy. Unpasteurized for extra zing. Best enjoyed over ice in summer and fall—the flavor and aroma shift as the temperature in the glass changes. Designed to...
Price: $24.99

The legendary Masumi Brewery in Nagano is widely considered one of the finest Sake operations in Japan. Founded in 1662 in the town of Suwa, the brewery committed to perfection and extreme attention to detail without giving up tradition. Their famous President Masaru Miyasaka and his prodigy brew master Chisato Kubota became famous for traveling across Japan like Buddhist monks in search of knowledge and truth in Sake production. Indeed, Kubota is responsible for discovering a new and highly prized yeast strain in 1946, forever cementing Masumi Brewery's...
Price: $13.99

From the brewery: "This is the flagship of our core ENTER.Sake line. It has notes of melon, peach, and chrysanthemum on the palate and ends in a beautiful, bright, crisp finish. The supple body of this sake originates from the pure mountain water, filtered through the Japanese Alps."
Price: $44.99

The young single malt coming from the controversial Kurayoshi Distillery in Tottori prefecture is the first release stateside distilled at the Matsui Shuzo plant founded in 1910. The distillery, which began distilling in 2017, is located Northwest of Kyoto on the shores of the sea of japan. The water source for Matsui Distillery is a natural aquifer fed by snowfall on Mt Daisen, Japan's 3rd largest mountain, contributing naturally pure, soft water. The climate in Tottori prefecture varies between icy winters and hot, humid summers. Matsui runs a 5000 lit...
Price: $79.99

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Tenzan Sake Brewery is located in Saga Prefecture, which is located in the northwestern part of the island of Kyushu. The brewery is owned by the Shichida family and was established in 1875. In 1861, the Shichida family founded a water mill in Ogi City, where the beautiful natural waters from Mt. Tenzan run into the Gion River. Over the next 100 years, the Shichida family milled flour, produced noodles, and polished rice for neighboring sake breweries. Thee mill’s somen noodles were once called the best in the country. The family decided to close their f...
Price: $44.99

This is a connoisseur's junmai sake, dry, sharp and smooth all in one. Its mild astringency, characteristic of sakes made using the old yamahai method, is balanced by a faintly discernible sweetness
Price: $32.99

Located in the town of Akashi, near the famed city of Kobe in Japan, the 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 o...
Price: $89.99


Refreshing and clean with a subtle sweetness of rice and very little bitterness. Brewed using rare local rice called "YUKIHOTAKA" as a secondary ingredient. Well-balanced rice and barley flavor. Pairs perfectly with any delicate Japanese food and other dishes using rice, including sushi.
Price: $4.69

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.
Price: $36.99

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...
Price: $54.99

Flagship sake from the Konoshita Brewery: "The most popular Tamagawa in the daiginjo range, and the first of our products ever to go overseas, chosen when it won double Gold Medals domestically and overseas in 2007. With a silky viscosity on the palate and rich aromatics, it is a full-flavored presence in the daiginjo class and an excellent food sake."
Price: $49.99


From the brewery: "This weighty sake is made with clear spring water. On the palate it has clean fleshy rice notes tinged with sweet Asian pear. It has exceptional mouthfeel with a silky weight and texture. It has an umami finish with lingering acidity. It pairs well with grilled meat, fish, or savory dishes."
Price: $36.99


Kawaba is a small village of 3,400 people located amidst the beautiful landscape of Gunma, Japan. Kawaba means "The Place of Rivers," so named because the village is surrounded by five rivers and many mountain streams. Kawaba Village also sits at the southern foot of Mt. Hotaka -one of Japan’s most sacred mountains. Snow Weizen is a refreshing and smooth wheat beer. Starts with a soft subtle entry on the palate and develops into a round full-bodied weizen with a sweet, slightly citrus finish. Enjoy with lighter dishes such as sushi.
Price: $4.69

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...
Price: $109.99

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 ...
Price: $99.99

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 bottler started by a drinks group led by former Asahi employee Mr. Watanabe who was able ...
Price: $99.99

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. It's typically aged for just a few years and consumed at lower proof, but the distillery began experimenting with higher proof aging in ex-bourbon casks in 1989. The results are stocks of extremely old single grain whisky. The age and the American oak set this whisky 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 p...
Price: $349.99

Koshi No Iso Brewery was founded in 1909 along the ocean coast of Echizen in Fukui Prefecture. Post-War the brewery was relocated approximately 30km inland. Founded in an area bountiful with seafood from the Sea of Japan, much of Koshi No Iso’s style reflects the terroir of the coastal village. This tiny brewery is truly a family operation, which focuses on small batch production and only makes non-fortified pure rice sake. Muroka genshu is not charcoal filtered and has no water added before bottling. It is typically only available to brewery staff and i...
Price: $34.99

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 casks as well. Iwai has a richness and texture that many of the other en...
Price: $54.99

In 2013, Japanese whisky giant Suntory unleashed a rice-distilled vodka upon the U.S., but it was only available for a trial run in New York. The spirit was very well-received (as most Suntory products are) and a few years later the company decided to expand the vodka nationally. Named "Ao," which is a word used in Japanese poetry to describe shades of green in nature, the title is meant as an homage to the green rice fields from which the vodka's base is derived. The vodka itself is as elegant and ethereal as the sterling reputation of Suntory might sug...
Price: $43.99

The incredible Dewazakura brewery is one of Yamagata prefecture's finest and most inventive brewers. This is their top of the line offering featuring 35% polish and +3 on the Sake Meter. Acidity registers at 1.2. After a long slow fermentation, this special Sake is aged for 5 years before bottling. The result is an ultra rich, dense body, yet without oxidized flavors or funkiness at all. Exotic floral and fruit notes explode from the glass along with the wonderful deep texture. The power and complexity means that this wonderful sake can be enjoyed with s...
Price: $109.99

The ultra well regarded Nagayam Honke Brewery in Yamaguchi prefecture has become one of the hottest brands in Japan. Toji Takashiro Nagayama took over as 4th generation President of the venerated and very traditional brewery in 2001, but Takashiro san isn't satisfied to rest on his laurels. Before taking over as Master Brewer, Takashiro san spent years making and falling in love with the wines of Burgundy. He worked with Philippe Pacalet and has a particular proclivity for Chablis. It is from this esthetic, an ideal of terroir, from which he creates his ...
Price: $32.99

Just three ingredients in this delicious new sparkling soda. Fresh ume juice, cane sugar and sparkling water. The water is some of Japan's finest from Aichi prefecture. Hand picked Ume. The cane sugar is organic. Nothing more nothing less. The Kimino brand follows the "Kanso Philosphy" removing anything that is not absolutely necessary. The goal is to bring more sustainable, healthier seasonal Japanese flavors to the world.
Price: $3.49

Polished to 65%. Aromas of gardenia, papaya, green peppercorn and aged comte cheese. Flavors of nutmeg, mushroom, toasted oats. Bright and lively with a lingering finish.
Price: $31.99