Buying Japanese Whisky in Japan 2019 Report

The 2018 report was once again the most viewed post on the Japanese Whisky Review. Not surprising that given the Japanese Whisky drought, even more folks are keen to know where and when stuff is available. Comments were up by almost 200 on the 2017 report with 631 vs 433. A big shout out to all those who commented, especially the regulars!
I think we all know 2019 will be at least as tough buying Japanese Whisky in Japan as 2018 but every contribution counts so please keep the comments coming this year. I know from personal experience I was able to grab a number of bottles in 2018 that I would have missed out on if readers hadn’t advised of pending releases!
Brian AKA Dramtastic

18 thoughts on “Buying Japanese Whisky in Japan 2019 Report

  1. So I guess it’s time to say farewell to The Nikka 12, Nikka Coffey Grain & Nikka Coffey Malt. Nikka has announced their discontinuation. Grab them while you still can.

    • A mate living in New Zealand grabbed me a bottle of the Nikka Premium Blend 12(a lot cheaper than in Australia) and I asked he could try and get me at least one more. I think he is going to grab some of the Coffey Malt/Grain for himself as it is also cheaper in NZ. I prefer Nikka from the Barrel anyway so not sure if I will grab any of the Coffey bottling’s.

  2. For those in Tokyo, Liquor Mountain Ginza is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary. Some premium sets with Japanese whisky, a Nagahama Red Wine Cask Prototype and a tasting of Akashi whisky today. Looks like 200 100ml bottles of the Nagahama in total, so not sure if still there. 3000 yen.

  3. Found 6 bottles of Hibiki Blender’s Choice for Y10800 and 6 bottles of Ichiro’s LE World’s Blend for Y9720 in Tokyo. Grabbed one each! Ichiro’s were gone within 1-1.5 hrs. I got there just right after they stock the shelf. Saw the Hibiki first and grabbed a bottle right the way. When I was paying for it I saw couple locals grabbing a blue box and I was like that is Ichiro’s LE!! Pretty luck today.

  4. Question for the regulars! I will be in Japan for 3-4 days in September. As last time when I visited I used a lot of time for finding not much, and that was 3 years ago then I’m not going to bother with the current market. Better to use the time visiting bars and just taste things instead! However how are distilleries for puchases? Yamazaki is basically early morning and very lucky I believe. Miyagikyo and Fuji Gotemba were perhaps main ones to try and visit for me – do they have anything interesting these days, or stripped bare/never stocked too? I was also thinking to visit Shizuoka, but presume they won’t have anything there (also will be on public transport so likely to take a long time!). In addition, is there good shops for Japanese exclusive single casks of Scotch whisky worth checking out?

    • I can answer your last question! Shinanoya almost always has Single Cask Bottlings of Scottish Whisky bottled for them. There was at least 5-6 from different distilleries when I was there last November.

  5. There will be a new version of the Mars Double cellars out at the end of January. The last one can still be found at retail, so hopefully not too challenging to track down. Has already popped up on Amazon but only on pre-order.

  6. Shall we expect early Feb ordering for Mitsukoshi / Isetan high priced Ichiro’s & Komagatake again like last year?

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