Author Archives: Liam Hiller

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Inside The Budō Collection

On Thursday past, the moment to reveal our brand new Karuizawa bottling – The Budo Collection – finally arrived and we have been left teary-eyed by the incredible feedback we have received thus far. Each of the bottles in The Budō Collection – Karuizawa 35 Year Old (1981 – 2017) #7147 Japanese Single Cask Whisky […]

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Karuizawa: Japan’s Most Collectible Malt Whisky

Since the beginning of the Japanese whisky boom of the early 2000s, expressions from distilleries around Japan have been attracting millions of thirsty consumers around the globe. The delicate, perfectly balanced characteristics of whiskies from The Land of the Rising Sun have offered new horizons for aficionados to explore, along with new distillery stories to […]

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Akkeshi To Release New Single Malt – Akkeshi Kanro

Akkeshi is one of Japan’s fastest rising craft whisky distilleries. Situated on the stunning northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, they have been distilling whisky since 2016. The distillery founder, Keiichi Toita, chose the island as the location for his whisky venture thanks to his love of Islay single malts. The climate on Hokkaido is both […]

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Interview With Clay Risen On “The Impossible Collection Of Whiskey: The 100 Most Exceptional And Collectible Bottles”

Clay Risen is the deputy op-ed editor at The New York Times, and author of Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland and the spirits bestseller American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit. Over the years, his meticulous research, excellent books and expert knowledge have led to him being widely regarded as one […]

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Ichiro’s Malt & Grain 505 World Blended Whisky

Ichiro’s Malt recently excited the whisky world by adding a brand new world blended offering to their core range. The Ichiro’s Malt 505 World Blended Whisky follows in the footsteps of the popular whisky producer’s white label and award-winning purple label world blended expressions and it looks set to be just as successful. Released to […]

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The Best Japanese Whisky Of 2020

2020 has been one of the most difficult and eventful years in recent memory, with the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe and turning our day-to-day lives upside down. It has thrown up challenges that no one ever saw coming; from being locked in our homes week after week; to learning to enjoy socially distanced meetings […]

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Nikka Launch World Blended Whisky – The Nikka Session

This week, we’re delighted to welcome a brand new expression from Japanese whisky legends, Nikka, into our online store, and we have to say, this is one of the most promising releases from the drinks giant in recent years.  Plagued by the on-going whisky shortage, Nikka have struggled to keep up with demand for their […]

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Yamazaki 55 Year Old Becomes Most Expensive Japanese Whisky

Today saw Bonhams Hong Kong host the largest Fine & Rare auction of 2020 thus far, with highly collectable bottles of wine and whisky from around the world going under the hammer. The auction was held in strict accordance with Hong Kong’s Covid-19 guidelines, meaning that only a few lucky buyers were allowed into the […]

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Oldest Ever Japanese Whisky Goes To Auction At Bonhams

In 2019, we saw the Ichiro’s Malt Card Series break records at Bonhams HK to become the most expensive single lot of Japanese whisky of all time. Now, 2020 will see another iconic bottling go to auction, as the oldest ever Japanese whisky is set to go on sale at the same auction house tomorrow, […]

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Taiwanese And Japanese Whisky Steal The Show At Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition

The Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition (TWSC) is now into its second year, and the 2020 results have just been announced, with expressions from Japan and Taiwan doing particularly well.  Before we take a look at this year’s winners, we’ll take a minute to give you a little bit of history on this groundbreaking competition. […]