Category Archives: Rare Whisky

Japanese Whisky Trends at The Whisky Show 2017

Over the weekend, one of biggest, most popular whisky events of the year took place in London: The Whisky Show 2017. dekantā was, of course, in attendance, and we’re here to give all those who couldn’t make it an inside look at the event. Now in its ninth year, the event took place in Old […]

Japanese Gin Meets Karuizawa Whisky In Cask-Aged Gin Release

As if the end of 2017 hasn’t been exciting enough with the recent announcements of the Yamazaki 18 Mizunara Edition 2017 and the Yoichi and Miyagikyo Moscatel-finished single malts, the Kyoto distillery has just released a whisky cask-aged Japanese gin. The new “Ki Noh Bi” gin is exclusive to the Japanese Isetan department store chain, and […]

Nikka Rum & Moscatel Single Malts Announced Following Yamazaki 18 Mizunara Edition 2017

Only days after the most exciting and wonderful announcement of the year by Suntory, introducing the new Yamazaki 18 Mizunara Edition 2017, Nikka has officially announced the releases of several new single malts. Of course, we expected no less from the two largest whisky companies in Japan. The competition between them is fierce and is […]

Chichibu Teams Up With Japanese Craft Beer For IPA Finished Single Malt

Just when we thought the Chichibu distillery had rocked the whisky world enough, Ichiro Akuto brings us a new single malt, aged in an India Pale Ale cask. This exciting new whisky comes just weeks after the new Japan Warrior single cask release, as whisky fans the world over are probably shaking with excitement as […]

UK Japanese Whisky Sales Explode With A 232% Rise

It’s been said before, and it will continue to be said: Anyone interested in the wonders of Japanese whisky knows that supply is short, and demand is astronomically high. Japanese whisky producers are running out of aged expressions, and global whisky fans are thirstier than ever for the whisky made in Japan, more so as […]

Inside Suntory’s Cask Management

What makes a whisky great? Is it the barley used during production, the pot stills used to distil it, or the quality of the water taken from the earth? Put simply, all of the above contribute greatly to the dram in your glass, however, many experts suggest that the casks used and period of maturation […]

A Dram From Japan – Whisky Shop W. Yamazaki WSO-007

Before anyone gets too excited, this isn’t a James Bond release under the 007 code name, even though we strongly believe that all the great Bonds, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, would enjoy a dram of this exceptional whisky. With that explanation out of the way, we’re pleased to present a brand new series […]

Japan Honours Fusion Whisky “The Glover” Creator

James Millar, a lecturer at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, recently received a foreign minister’s praise, regarding his work in “promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United Kingdom”. How did Millar achieve this? Well, aside from lecturing, Millar is also a bit of a blending genius, apparent from his world-famous, and first of their kind, […]

7 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Suntory Whisky

If you’re a fan of whisky in general, then odds are you’ve heard of Suntory. Actually, even if you aren’t a fan of whisky you’ve probably heard the name in passing somewhere. The company is, after all, the third largest drinks company in the world. They manage many brands, including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and […]

Fukuoka Whisky Talk 2017 – The Highlights

On June 18th, during the height of summer, on Japan’s most southerly island, Kyushu, the annual Fukuoka Whisky Talk festival was held. The city of Fukuoka is known for many things: The infamous Hakata ramen; its exciting nightlife; and many wonderful luxurious, underground bars. While the largest concentration of whisky events throughout the year are […]