Extraordinary Gifts That Show How Much You Care
This holiday season you could give a bottle, or you can give an experience. dekantā offers you the opportunity to explore the finest Japanese whisky and wine in a whole new way. We’ve got limited edition bottles, gift sets, Japanese Whisky Advent Calendars and much more. All ready to ship now and ensure you’re prepared for your holiday celebration. This year don’t give ordinary, give an extraordinary bottle they’ll remember for years to come.
Shop our gift guide below to find the perfect bottle.
Yamazaki 12 Year Old
A staple of Japanese whisky-lovers the world over, the Yamazaki 12 is one of the most delicious and iconic expressions ever produced. Yamazaki is Japan’s oldest distillery, creating exceptional bottlings since way back in 1923. Since then, they have worked to perfect their craft and have released some world beating whiskies along the way. The Yamazaki 12 is one such expression and it has picked up a number of prestigious awards for its excellence, as well as delighting noses and palates of casual whisky-drinkers and aficionados alike the world over. A gift that is guaranteed to please.
The latest release from legendary whisky producer, Nikka, is a unique world blended whisky that was created from spirit produced at the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries, masterfully blended together with whisky from Scotland’s hugely famous Ben Nevis distillery. It’s a well-balanced and impressive entry into the rapidly growing world blend category and one that will be enjoyed by Japanese whisky and Scotch drinkers alike. Smooth, fruity and gently smoky, it’s the perfect way to warm your belly this winter.
Asaka Aoi Edition
The Asaka distillery is one of Japan’s newest and they have already caught the attention of avid whisky drinkers everywhere with their first single malt expressions. The Asaka The First was a huge success and a whisky we enjoyed thoroughly, so when we got the chance to bottle a cask of Asaka single malt to celebrate our 5th anniversary, we grabbed it with both hands. The Asaka Aoi Edition was matured in a single first-fill bourbon cask that has imparted a range of light fruity and vallinin notes onto the creamy, gentle liquid. Featuring our founder, Makiyo Masa, on the label and limited to just 343 bottles upon release, it’s a collectible expression and a unique gift for Christmas.
Ichiro’s Malt & Grain 505
A new release from Ichiro’s Malt, widely regarded as one of the best whisky producers and bottlers in the whole of Japan, the 505 is a world blended whisky that delivers on the nose, palate and finish. Ichiro’s are no strangers to the growing world blend category, having previously released a number of excellent expressions that went on to win top awards at international competitions. This one likely contains some Chichibu liquid that has been aged for 10+ years (there’s not much of this about), along with spirit from top distilleries around the world. It’s a superb whisky and one we’ll likely be hearing a lot more about in the years to come.
Nikka From The Barrel
The Nikka From The Barrel blended whisky is a stunning expression, at a fantastic price point, that has rapidly grown in popularity in recent times. Today, it is a favourite of Japanese whisky fans the world over, bringing a smooth and complex array of notes to the table, offering tremendous value for money. It was created from malt and grain distilled at Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries that was then aged in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. The Nikka From The Barrel is a warming, fruity and slightly spicy whisky that is perfect for the Holiday Season.
Hibiki 17 Year Old
The Hibiki range is one that everyone in the whisky world has heard of. It has made some real waves in the industry over the past two decades with its harmonious array of aromas and flavours that deliver a truly unique tasting experience and the expressions have picked up a number of awards throughout the years, including top prizes at the World Whiskies Awards. The 17 Year Old sits in the middle of the range, between the 12 and 21 year olds, and it is one of the most popular Japanese whiskies of all time. Created by Suntory’s Master Blenders, it’s smooth, elegant, moreish and the perfect whisky to sip in the lead up to Christmas.
Yamazaki 18 Year Old
Many consider this fine whisky to be the pinnacle of the Yamazaki core range, and we’d find it hard to argue with that. Rich, smooth and fruity, with gentle spices lingering in the background, it’s a complex and masterfully crafted expression that brings everything you would expect from a premium whisky and then some. If you’re looking to really treat that special someone in your life, you can’t go wrong with the Yamazaki 18 Year Old.
Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old Pure Malt
A world-beating Pure Malt expression from whisky legends Nikka that brings an incredible array of rich, fruity aromas to the table that combine perfectly with building oak and bitter cacao to create a drinking experience that you won’t forget in a hurry. Nikka are masters of creating well-rounded, full-bodied and truly delicious expressions and the Taketsuru 17 Year Old Pure Malt is up there with the best of them. In fact, this whisky is so good that it has been named “Best Blended Malt Whisky” at the World Whiskies Awards on a number of occasions.
Yamazakura 963 21 Year Old
The Sasanokawa Shuzo Company Limited have been creating fine whiskies since all the way back in 1948 and today they are best known for their exciting Yamazakura range, which features a number of truly compelling and delicious expressions. This 963 21 Year Old was carefully crafted from the finest malt and grains on offer and it brings an exceptional range of rich, fruity and spicy flavours to your glass. This whisky has consistently been a best-seller on dekanta for a few years now, highlighting just how popular and exciting it really is.
Hibiki 21 Year Old
Another world-beating expression from Hibiki, this one is perhaps the most impressive in the entire range. It delivers a harmonious range of elegant, fruity flavours in the smoothest possible fashion, resulting in a drinking experience that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. The sheer quality of this brilliant whisky is highlighted by the fact it has now won “World’s Best Blended Whisky” at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards on 6 separate occasions. One of the best whiskies ever made? Definitely.
Hakushu 18 Year Old
It’s hard to pick a winner from Hakushu’s varied range, but the 18 Year Old has to be right up there. This is a whisky that is so smooth, well-balanced and complex that it comes incredibly close to perfection. Created from crisp, refreshing spirit that has been aged in a mix of sherry and bourbon casks, under the watchful eye of the Hakushu Master Distiller, it brings rich fruits, citrus, honey, apricots and sweet dark chocolate to the table, all backed up by a gentle whiff of peat smoke. An absolute delight from nose to finish.
Suntory Sampler Pack
Suntory are renowned as one of Japan’s best whisky producers, having created world-beating from their Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries, as well as the hugely popular Hibiki blended range. This Suntory Sampler Pack allows you to sample the best expressions from the drinks giant, exciting your nose and palate and expanding your horizons at the same time. The set includes 2x Hibiki 12 Year, 2x Hibiki 17 Year, 2x Yamazaki 12 Year, and 2x Hakushu 12 Year. The perfect gift for fans of Suntory whisky.
Mars Maltage 28 Year Old Pure Malt
Over the last decade, Mars have grown to become one of Japan’s most cherished whisky producers. Today, they own the Shinshu and Tsunuki distilleries, both of which have produced some outstanding single malts in recent times. This Mars Maltage 28 Year Old Pure Malt is an old & rare bottling and the pinnacle of the distiller’s range. Created at Shinshu and aged for 28 years, it brings an incredible array of aromas and flavours to the table that will not be forgotten in a hurry. In fact, the notes in this whisky are so good that it was named “Best Japanese Blended Malt Whisky” at the WWA 2013. Today, this bottle is almost impossible to find online, making it highly collectible.
Suntory Hakushu Heavily Peated
Known as “The Forrest Distillery”, Hakushu sits high in the Japanese alps. They are famous for producing a crisp, refreshing spirit that embodies the nature surrounding the distillery and is like no other whisky on earth. It’s not uncommon for gentle peat smoke to be a feature of their expressions, but this Old & Rare Hakushu Heavily Peated bottling takes it to another level. Thick peat smoke combines with gentle fruits, floral tones and the famous Hakushu crispness to create a whisky that is as unique as it is delicious. This was a limited edition upon release, and few bottles remain on the market today, making this a gift of a lifetime for your favourite whisky-lover.
Yamazaki 25 Year Old
One of the oldest expressions in the Yamazaki range, the 25 Year Old has become increasingly difficult to get your hands on in recent times, and is a result it is highly sought after by collectors and investors alike. It’s a deep, rich expression that brings lots of sherried fruits, bitter dark chocolate, a creamy mouthfeel and gentle spices that build in the background. The sheer quality of this whisky has resulted in it picking up an inordinate amount of awards over the years, including being named “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky” at the World Whiskies Awards 2012.
Nikka Yoichi 15 Year Old
A fantastic expression from Nikka’s first distillery, Yoichi, that brings a delectable array of rich, bold notes to the table including winter berries, dried fruits, spicy black pepper, a gentle nuttiness and winter spice, while gentle peat smoke builds throughout. It’s a wonderful, warming winter dram and one that serves as the perfect gift for any fan of Nikka, or indeed peated, whisky. An excellent creation.
Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Japanese Blended Whisky Limited Edition 2020
Ichiro’s Malt & Grain are one of Japan’s premier whisky bottlers. In recent years, they have helped to grow the World Blended Whisky category through some award-winning expressions while also managing to release a unique array of Chichibu whisky and some exquisite blends along the way. This brilliant whisky falls into the latter category. Created from Japanese malt and grain, it offers a superb range of tasting notes that have resulted in it being named “World’s Best Blended Limited Release” at this year’s World Whiskies Awards.
Saburomaru 55 Year Old 1960
Wakatsuru Shuzo is one of the longest established distilleries in the whole of Japan. They have been producing spirit since back in 1953 and have created a combination of delicious and collectable expressions throughout the years. This Saburomaru was distilled in 1960 and aged for a whole 55 years in an ex-red wine cask, hence the incredibly dark colour of the liquid. At this age, it stands as one of the oldest Japanese whiskies ever produced, alongside the recently released Yamazaki 55 Year Old. With only 155 bottles available on release, and much fewer in circulation today, this is a piece of Japanese whisky history if we have ever seen one. An absolute gem.