2020 Japanese Whisky Best Sellers

Explore most frequently purchased bottles this year.


#1 Yamazaki Limited Edition 2022


This release focuses heavily on the use of top quality Mizunara wood for maturing, resulting in a creamy, aromatic expression that delivers a lively, fruity tasting experience backed up by a unique and elegant array of spices. It’s smooth, flavour-packed and incredibly moreish – what more could you want?


Hibiki 21 Year Old


#2 Suntory Hibiki 21 Year Old


Hibiki 21 Year Old was, yet again, selected as the best blended whisky in the world at the World Whisky Awards 2017. This comes as no surprise to us at dekantā, as the Hibiki has been awarded every year at the WWA since 2009, and is, in our view, a work of pure genius.



#3 Hibiki Blossom Harmony Limited Release 2022


The Hibiki Blossom Harmony 2021 brought more of the same well-balanced, perfectly crafted whisky, but with a twist – the blenders at Suntory gave Hibiki liquid a Sakura cask finish, allowing us to explore their fine craftsmanship from a completely new angle.



#4 Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old


Hibiki 17 year old is one of the most recognizable bottles in Suntorys world renowned product line, It has been a staple among whisky enthusiasts for years. Fans were were shocked this year when Suntory announced that they would be discontinuing the highly acclaimed bottle. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on this Hibiki 17 years old bottle while you still can. Limited quantities remain.



#5 Suntory Ao Smoky Pleasure World Blended Whisky


This bottle offers the third release in Suntory’s new range of world blended whisky which has quickly risen to popularity, The Suntory Ao Smoky Pleasure. This one is another small batch release and it brings unique, building smoky notes to the smooth, fruity whisky.


Yamazaki 12 Year Old


#6 Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old


Suntory is the oldest whisky making company in Japan. Its origins stretch back to a small shop, started in 1899 by Torii Shinjiro, which specialized in selling imported wines. Today, it is the country’s largest and most recognizable producer of quality whisky. Yamazaki 12 Year black box was introduced to the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky.



#7 Yamazaki Limited Edition 2021


Created by marrying malts of 12 years and older, all of which had been matured solely in virgin Mizunara oak casks, this delightful whisky is smooth, flavour-packed and incredibly moreish. It brings pineapple, orange and nutmeg on the nose before honey, coconut cream and blueberries arrive on the palate. The finish is medium length and somewhat smoky, with vanilla and ginger lingering in the background.



#8 Hibiki Blossom Harmony Limited Release 2021


For the Blossom Harmony, the blenders at Suntory married Hibiki liquid with Sakura cask finished whisky, allowing us to explore their fine craftsmanship from a completely new angle. As expected, it’s smooth, gentle and moreish, with the light fruits and creaminess of Hibiki whisky merging seamlessly with the gentle floral tones and light spices imparted by the Sakura cask. The end result is a unique, memorable drinking experience and a whisky that is well worth telling your friends about.



#9 Shimai: World Blended Whisky From Japan


The innovative expression marries well-aged whisky from superb Scottish distilleries with young single malts from two of Japan’s rising stars. It’s a match made in heaven and something that we hope brings as much excitement and joy as the Kyoyu did.


Yamazaki 18 Year Single Malt Whisky


#10 Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old


Yamazaki 18 Year Old is an award winning Japanese single malt. This legendary 18 year old whisky earned a Gold at the 2007 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Being one of Suntory’s most popular products, you know you have quality when you have Yamazaki.



#11 Nikka Gold And Gold Military Samurai Commander


Nikka has come a long way since it was founded by Masataka Taketsuru, the “Father of Japanese Whisky.” Today, it is an empire, and its products frequently win awards at international whisky competitions. The Nikka gold and gold whisky Military Commander bottles are wonderfully decorated with helmets from military history and are especially popular among young whisky fans.


Hibiki 21 Year Old


#12 Hibiki 12 Year Old


Hibiki 21 Year Old was, yet again, selected as the best blended whisky in the world at the World Whisky Awards 2017. This comes as no surprise to us at dekantā, as the Hibiki has been awarded every year at the WWA since 2009, and is, in our view, a work of pure genius.



#13 Nikka Yoichi 10 Years Old


You can expect plenty of fruits on the nose, with dried berries, gentle poached pears and sweet peach combining perfectly with hints of vanilla, nutmeg and building peat smoke. The palate arrives with more peat smoke that is followed by soft oak and more juicy fruits, before the finish lasts for a medium length with rich oak, peat and creamy vanilla. It’s a truly expertly crafted expression that we can’t wait to get our hands on once again.



#14 Shizuoka Pot Still K


The Shizuoka Pot Still K is a fantastic new whisky that looks to follow on from its popular predecessor, the Prologue K, in real style. Upon it’s founding, the Shizuoka distillery owners purchased some of the left over equipment from the defunct Karuizawa distillery and it was in a ex-Karuizawa still that this fine whisky was created. Distilled from half imported malt and half home-grown malt, it was then aged for 3 years in bourbon barrels, before being bottled.


12 year old


#15 Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old


Hakushu 12 Year Old is one of the top selling bottles of whisky produced by Suntory. If you like the peated flavour of Scottish single malt whiskies, then Hakushu will blow your away! The Hakushu line stands among other top selling Suntory products including favorites such as the Yamazaki and Hibiki.




#16 Nikka Taketsuru 17


It starts with a nose of tropical fruit, which moves on to a palate accompanied by vanilla, cacao, and rich oak. Nikka has every reason to be proud of the Taketsuru 17 year old; at the World Whiskies Awards it has taken home the award for the ‘Best Blended Malt Whisky’ quite a few times. Aren’t you itching to try it? Go ahead.


Hakushu 18 Year Old


#17 Suntory Hakushu 18 Year Old


Hakushu is the highest operational distillery in Japan, towering over its competitors at a height of more than 2000 feet above sea-level. It is a Suntory distillery and, while not quite as globally famous as Yamazaki, the quality of single malt whisky produced here is nothing short of outstanding.




#18 Yamazakura 963, 21 Year Old


You won’t find this bottle anywhere else online!For the first time offered outside of Japan, we’re offering a highly limited Yamazakura release. This whisky began it’s journey at the historic Sasanokawa Shuzo distillery in Japan where each of the components in this top tier blended whisky were aged at least 21 years.


Suntory AO World Blend


#19 Suntory Ao World Blend Batch 2


With supplies of Suntory’s prolific line of Japanese Whisky becoming increasingly constrained, many people were wondering how the company could continue its legacy of innovation. It was only a matter of time before Suntory shared a vision that had likely been years in the making. In January they lifted the veil and fans around the world were introduced to the next chapter in Suntory Whisky – the Suntory Ao World Blend.



#20 Nikka Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet


Nikka is one of our favorite Japanese companies; not only does it make world quality whisky, but its foundation story is also so intriguing that it is the subject of a television drama. The Miyagikyo is its second distillery, being founded in Sendai in 1969. This Miyagikyo bottle was strictly selected from among the finest malts, distilled and matured in a sherry cask. It’s high quality stuff, like everything else from Nikka.


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