Finding a great bottle of Japanese Whisky can be a challenge, there are so many to choose from! We’ve picked out our favorite ultra-premium bottles that are priced at $3,000 or more. Each of these bottles is one of the best of the best… These are bottles that are sure to delight!
The new Yamazaki Mizunara expression is the most exciting release of the year, coming forth with rich cinnamon and delicate citrus, followed by deep coconut and orange marmalade on the palate. Experience one of the greatest Yamazaki releases to date.
Named Japanese Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2017 Whisky Bible, the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 is the sister of the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013, which won the best whisky in the world award in the Whisky Bible 2015 edition. This award-winning sherry cask single malt from Suntory is a must-have for your collection; only limited bottles were released!
Karuizawa, a silent distillery in Japan, shut down whisky production in 2011, but its legend continues with these rare releases from the distillery. Karuizawa was known for unique whisky collections featuring cultural aspects of Japan, such as this 1999 Geisha Label. This bottle contains a single-cask whisky from sherry cask #7436 and features a geisha playing a traditional Japanese instrument. This bottle makes a lovely display and brings Japanese and whisky culture into one bottle.
Of all the Hibiki bottles, the 30 Years Old is the cream of the crop. It was awarded with a trophy at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006, and 2008. It was also awarded the coveted title of "World's Best Blended Whisky" at the World Whiskies Award in 2007 and 2008. If you want to try the very best there is, then this is a bottle for you!
Like Hanyu, Karuizawa is a closed Japanese whisky distillery, but its remaining stock still continues selling today. This particular bottle, the Karuizawa 1982, features a koi fish design on the front. It was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2012 for the TWE Whisky Show, making this a one-of-a-kind whisky from this famous distillery.
Hanyu Distillery, now closed, was famous for its Playing Card whisky series. Venture Whisky Ltd., the founder of the Ichiro’s Malt brand, rescued the remaining stocks from Hanyu, and some of the whiskies left behind are part of the Playing Card Series. This is the Four of Hearts from the 54-bottle whisky collection. Each card has its own whisky flavor profile, and the Four of Hearts has an upfront sweet honey taste with hints of rich dark chocolate.
The remaining stock of whisky from the Hanyu distillery is a highly sought after commodity. Marketed under the label of Ichiro’s Malt playing card series, there are only five bottles with each card available, with the whole set selling for half a million USD at an auction in HK last summer! Dekantā is an avid collector of the series, and here we present the Two of Hearts – one of the rarest bottles of Japanese whisky you can find!
With only 200 bottles released to the whisky market, the Yamazaki 35 Year Old single malt is extremely rare and considered a collectible whisky item for the whisky enthusiast. Matured in sherry butt casks, this luscious dram has a strong fruity flavor with hints of earthy Japanese oak.