Cheers To New Experiences
Our merry guide to gifting
for everyone on your nice list
Our merry guide to gifting
for everyone on your nice list
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.
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 this holiday season.
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.
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 award-winning 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.
Taking its name from the Japanese word for ‘sisters’, the Shimai is an ode to the sisterly partnership between Scotland and Japan and the whisky mentorship that has resulted from that. In Japan, one often refers to their female mentor as “Shimai”, even if they are not related, due to the historic culture of older females mentoring their younger sisters in a bid to help them reach their full potential. The parallels between this and the relationship between Japan and Scotland are ones we felt worth celebrating. 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.
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.
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 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, combined with some liquid from their Scottish Ben Nevis distillery, that was then aged in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. The Nikka From The Barrel is a warming, smooth, fruity and slightly spicy world blended whisky that is perfect for enjoying with family and friends.
Our amazing Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar was so popular that we made it even better this year! Of course, it’s jam-packed with excellent single malts, grains and blends from some of Japan’s top producers. Explore 24 different drams from all across Japan. A range of superb single grain to single malt whiskies hailing from the most famous distilleries. Now is your chance to taste some of the finest whisky on the planet.
Kick off the holidays with 24 different Japanese Whiskies. Combine the festive tradition of an advent calendar with the beautiful taste of Japanese whisky and you’re in for quite a treat! Each of the 3cl miniature bottles contains a different whisky letting you try a wide selection of premium Japanese expressions. Drink a dram each day leading up to Christmas, or maybe sneak a few early!
The Kyoyu is dekanta’s inaugural World Blended Whisky released to celebrate our 6th Anniversary. It was built around the concept of sharing and created by blending 27 Year Old scotch from 3 of the country’s top distilleries with younger whisky produced at three of Japan’s rising stars. It’s a superb expression that features incredible, Ukiyo-e style artwork on the label that highlights the historic partnership between these two great nations. This is one best shared, making it the perfect gift for a loved one this winter. Only 260 bottles produced and limited quantities remain.
The Kavalan Distillery has picked up a plethora of awards throughout the years for their magnificent work in whisky. They have p[roduced some of the finest expressions to come out of Asia and have to be regarded as one of the best distilleries in the world today. Matured in top quality Spanish oloroso sherry casks, this special edition Kavalan Solist bottling brings everything you would expect and more. It is a naturally smooth and rich whisky with a complex character. It’s clean and complex with multi-layers of dried fruit, nuttiness and spices with some marzipan and vanilla touches to it as well. A superb creation.
This Mars Komagatake 2021 Edition is the latest release from premier whisky producer, Hombo Mars. It’s a single malt whisky that was distilled at the famous Shinshu distillery and it comes in a stunning white and pink bottle that would stand apart in any collection. The flavours inside are equally as impressive, with gentle fruitiness combining with soft floral notes and melted milk chocolate. Mars have become masters of creating well-balanced, elegant whiskies and this is another one to add to the list. A must have for any fan of Mars whiskies.
This fine single malt whisky comes from one of Japan’s newest up and coming whisky producers – Matsui. The owner’s of the Kurayoshi distillery burst onto the scene in 2019 with a number of exciting whiskies, but it is this non-age-statement Matsui Mizunara Cask expression that has been making waves and has been lauded by fans and critics alike. This fine whisky had already picked up a Double Gold award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019, before being awarded “Best Japanese Single Malt” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020, and it’s really no surprise. A superb gift!
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, making them an exceptional gift for the holiday season. These really look the part on any shelf and contain superb whisky inside, what more could you ask for?
The Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt Whisky is made exclusively from malted barley, which is milled and mashed with water sourced from the Ojira River and Jingu Rivers (the water has a unique softness and purity, made possible by its filtration through the granite rocks of the Japanese Alps). As a result of the whisky’s slumber in Japan’s deep forests, Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt Whisky has an herbal aroma, with hints of apples, pears and almonds. The palate has notes of pears, butter cookies and dark plums that are complemented by a subtle, smoky undertone. The finish is soft and pleasant, with a dry, lingering touch.
Named “Ao”, the Japanese word for “blue”, this whisky was named with the seven seas in mind. The seas link the world’s five largest whisky regions and it was from Suntory distilleries in these nations that liquid was chosen for blending to form this revolutionary expression.The whiskies are hand-selected by Suntory chief blender Shinji Fuwa to make the best use of the individual flavor profiles offered by each. The combination creates a complex whisky that delivers new perspectives, which vary depending on the temperature of the liquid, and the manner in which it is enjoyed. Suntory “Ao” offers whisky enthusiasts a unique experience that utilises the distinguishing features, and power of, Suntory’s acclaimed distilleries combined.
This exciting Sakurao single cask, single malt whisky was distilled at the up and coming Sakurao Distillery in July 2018 and matured in a top quality ex-bourbon barrel for just over four years, before bottling in August 2022. It brings elegant notes of citrus fruits, gentle oak, vanilla and a range of subtle spices that mingle seamlessly with the sea side notes of the distillate to create a drinking experience to remember. It is one of very few single cask whiskies to be released by the Sakurao Distillery and, limited to just 160 bottles, we expect it to sell out quickly. This one makes a truly unique and collectible gift for that special someone this holiday season.
The Shizuoka Prologue W is the follow-up to the distillery’s hugely successful Prologue K. It was created in the distillery’s rare wood-fired still which has added a unique level of smokiness to the otherwise fruity and light spirit as a result of the ex-bourbon wood maturation. It’s another fine whisky from this hugely promising distillery and one that we would highly recommend getting your hands on while you can and is the perfect bottle to enjoy this Christmas Day!
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 keep you warm this winter.
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.
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.
This dekanta Exclusive Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon release brings soft coconut, lashings of vanilla, sweet oak and honey on the nose, before the palate arrives with toasted wood, gentle ginger spice and an array of tropical fruits that dance on your palate in tandem. The finish is long and fruity, backed up by sweet cinnamon that lasts until your next sip. It’s a truly outstanding creation and one that continues the Solist trend of releasing only the very best liquid available. This is a result of the attention to detail paid by the Kavalan Master Distiller, who regularly samples all casks throughout the maturation process, ensuring that they are only bottled when they are truly ready. Limited to just 171 bottles upon release.
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 its founding, the Shizuoka distillery owners purchased some of the leftover equipment from the defunct Karuizawa distillery and it was in an 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. It brings a fantastic range of notes to the table and is an excellent second entry into the Japanese whisky industry from Shizuoka that looks set to have fans as excited as the first release did.
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.
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.
The Kanosuke 2022 Limited Edition is a cask strength single malt that embodies the distillery’s concept of “Mellow Land, Mellow Whisky”. To produce the expression, the Master Distillers at Kanosuke used spirit from all three of the distillery’s unique pot stills, which was then aged in a variety of cask types, but mainly ex-Shochu, for a minimum of 3 years before being blended together and bottled. The results are a smooth, flavor-packed expression that brings an incredible array of rich, fruity and smooth aromas and flavors to the table. It’s a fantastic release from an up and coming distillery that is a must try for Japanese whisky lovers.
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 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.
When we talk about whisky from Yoichi and Miyagikyo, we generally expect the former to be heavier and richer, with layers of peat smoke throughout, and the latter to be lighter with fruity and floral tones. However, for the exciting new Discovery Series, Nikka appear to have flipped the switch. This wonderful set includes a non-peated, lighter Yoichi and a peated, fuller Miyagikyo. It’s the perfect set to broaden your horizons and get a taste of the unusual. A memorable gift this winter.
The brand new Essence of Suntory Volume 5: Malt Mania includes two Yamazaki whiskies that were created using some intriguing types of malted barley, allowing drinkers to explore the effects that base ingredients have on the characteristics of a whisky. The first of the two bottlings was created using Golden Promise barley, famously used by the legendary Karuizawa distillery, while the second bottle in Volume 5 was created using peated Islay barley. The use of these different types of malt have allowed Suntory to create two Yamazaki single malts as you have never seen them before, and they’re quite a treat. If you have a Suntory or Yamazaki lover in your life, this is the ideal gift for them.
This delicious bottling from premier whisky maker, Ichiro’s Malt, is a single cask world blended expression. The producer has led the way in the world blended whisky category with a number of fantastic, even award-winning, releases that have wowed drinkers and opened their eyes to the possibilities when mixing liquid from different nations. This one is as good as any, bringing an incredible array of aromas and flavours to your nose and palate and keeping you coming back for dram after dram. What’s more, as a single cask expression, quantities are highly limited, making this a hard bottle to find.
Following on from the superb Kanosuke 2021 First Edition, released earlier this year, the Kanosuke 2021 Second Edition is another incredible creation from this exciting young distillery. Their first single malt was lapped up by whisky fans around the world thanks to its smooth and mellow character. Now, the Kanosuke 2021 Second Edition looks to follow on in style. It too was created with liquid from all three of Kanosuke’s stills, but this one has been matured mostly in ex-bourbon casks. This has resulted in a somewhat sweeter, fruiter expression that brings much more vanilla and oak spice than we got in the First Edition. It’s set to be a fantastic release and one that gives us another peek behind the doors of the Kanouske distillery.
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.
The Mars Komagatake 2022 Edition is the latest release in the popular Komagatake range from Hombo Mars. It was distilled at Shinshu and matured in a combination of bourbon, sherry and porter casks that have imparted a delicate, fruity and morish range of notes onto the spirit. Expect soft oranges, candied peels, dried berries, charred oak, honey and much more. As a limited edition release, quantities are highly limited, so order online today to secure yours. A really delightful single malt whisky.
Suntory Royal is a delightful blended expression that has lasted the test of time. It was initially created in the 1960s, at a time when Yamazaki was the only active distillery in Suntory’s portfolio. At that time, the Master Blenders making this expression distilled grain whisky, for use in the blend, at their lesser known Usuki Factory in Oita, however once Chita was built, the grain for Suntory Royal was produced there, and once Hakushu was built, some of their malt also made it into the expression. This led to the recipe for this premium blended whisky to be changed several times, but as far as we are concerned, it was always for the better. This new Suntory Royal Limited Edition 2023 was created to celebrate the rabbit – the zodiac animal for 2023, and as usual with these stunning bottlings, the container itself is modeled in the shape of a cute bunny. Of course, the whisky inside is of the same quality as we have come to expect from the whisky producer and the stunning bottle design only serves to add to the experience.
If you’re looking for a whisky gift that will be remembered for a lifetime, this Yamazaki Owner’s Cask single malt is the bottle for you. It’s a single cask whisky from the famous Owner’s Cask series, which allowed private individuals to purchase unique casks for Yamazaki whisky. Long gone are those days, but the quality, rarity and collectible nature of these expressions remains today. This particular expression was distilled in 1995 and matured in a top quality bourbon hogshead cask for 12 whole years, resulting in a gorgeous golden colour and a plethora of brilliant tasting notes including sweet honey, aromatic vanilla, charred oak, gentle nutmeg and a long, chocolaty finish. As a single cask whisky, of which only 206 bottles were produced, this bottling is highly sought after by collectors around the globe.
This stunning Chichibu Malt Dream Cask single malt is a single cask expression that was matured in a bourbon barrel, giving a gorgeous golden colour to the liquid, along with a superb array of notes including citrus zest, sweet honey, vanilla, oak and milk chocolate. It’s balanced and complex and, as with most Chichibu whiskies, will keep you coming back for another glass time after time. It really is a superb creation and as it came from a single cask, it is also highly collectible and sought after.
This beautiful Chichibu single malt is the London Edition for 2020. It is a small batch whisky that was matured in an ex-bourbon barrel that has imparted a gorgeous golden colour onto the liquid as well as a plethora of unique and moreish tasting notes. Chichibu are renowned for creating whiskies that exhibit excellent complexity and balance in tandem and this is another one to add to that list. With only 1736 bottles produced, it’s well worth adding to your collection or gifting to a loved one this Christmas.
Everyone knows that Karuizawa is the pinnacle of Japanese whisky, with their legendary status and unrivaled sherry cask whiskies, it’s hard to find bottlings on the market that exude luxury and collectibility in the way Karuizawa single malts do. This 2000 – 2018 bottling is a rare and collectible Karuizawa release that was distilled in 2000, just three years before the distillery’s closure, and matured in a sherry cask for 18 years before being bottled and released in 2018. The sherry cask has imparted rich, fruity notes onto the elegant spirit and this all comes with beautiful label and box design. Only 479 bottles of this rare whisky were released and much fewer remain in circulation today.
The Karuizawa Distillery was established in 1955 in the foothills of Mount Asama – an active volcano. The area is a popular mountain resort and the distillery is the highest in Japan at 850m above sea level. Traditional, small-scale, high-quality production is the aim, with wooden wash backs, small stills, and sherry casks from Spain, all contributing to the process. The environment is also ideal for whisky production, with low temperatures and high humidity.
This particular Ruby Geisha expression was aged for 38 years before being bottled at 54.1% abv. It is one of the rarest bottlings ever created by the long lost Karuizawa distillery and is highly collectable. This expression is the perfect purchase for the avid collector or anyone looking to own a piece of Japanese history.
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.
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.
Between 2014 and 2017, the Yamazaki Limited Edition bottlings were some of the most sought after annual Japanese whisky releases on the market. Limited in numbers and containing some precious, aged Yamazaki liquid inside, they delivered in quality, appearance and collectibility. Then, last year, Suntory revitalized the series with the release of the Yamazaki Limited Edition 2021, bringing back the good times, at long last. The 2022 edition 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?
After last year’s long awaited revival of Suntory Limited Edition releases, with the Yamazaki Limited Edition 2021 and the Hibiki Blossom Harmony, we were delighted to hear that the drinks giant was set to keep the ball rolling with the launch of two new 2022 Editions, released in May. This Hibiki 2022 release is 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 and enjoying together this holiday season.
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.
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.
Another superb whisky from Ichiro’s Malt that was distilled at the Chichibu distillery. This particular bottle is a Taiwan 2021 Limited Edition. It’s a highly limited and super collectable bottling that holds some truly incredible Chichibu whisky inside. What’s more, the stunning bottle design would look the part in any collection and is sure to wow family and friends. Quantities of this one are highly limited, so act fast if you want to add it to your collection.
This 2002 vintage red from Suntory’s famous Tomi No Oka winery is full of all of the delights you would expect from a Suntory product. It rested in a French oak barrel for 17 months and this has given the wine beautiful undertones of fresh wood and subtle vanilla. These combine with rich fruits and blackberries to create a very compelling flavour profile. Only 382 bottles of this beauty were produced.
A delicious Dry Koshu 2018 expression from Grande Polaire, who grow grapes in Hokkaido, Yamanashi, Nagano and Okayama, before turning them into excellent white wines. This one was made from Japan’s native Koshu grape and it brings rich, fruity aromas with a dry mouthfeel. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Sushi or any white fish dish. A really nice creation.
This delicious KI NO BI expression from the brilliant Kyoto distillery was created using a variation on the 11 botanical, 6 element recipe of the classic KI NO BI dry gin. It brings elegant fruits of summer backed up by gentle herbal tones, with just a smidgen of spice creeping in towards the finish. This Ki No Bi Cask aged is a 16th Edition bottle. This is a unique and difficult to find bottle, so grab yours while you can!
In recent times, the island of Okinawa has become home to Japan’s rum production thanks to the rich abundance of sugar cane growing there and a sub-tropical climate that is perfect for maturing the liquid. Our favourite release so far is the Ie Santa Maria Gold –a rum agricole matured in oak barrels. This one is subtly sweet, earthy, slightly floral and exhibits vegetal aromas and flavours such as freshly cut grass and rain-soaked oak that combine superbly with hints of citrus fruits. It’s a natural tasting expression and quite different from the molasses based rums that you might be used to. The perfect gift for the rum lover in your life.
The Iichiko brand has tens of superb expressions under their belt, but this one, an aged honkaku shochu, is the best of the bunch. Rich and fruity with hints of vanilla, oak and a range of gentle spices, it brings a rounded drinking experience that can be enjoyed on any occasion. It comes in a beautiful glass decanter, with no label and a golden stopper, making it look the part in any drinks cabinet. What’s more, this shochu beat out 257 other expressions to claim first prize at 2020’s Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition, showing that it is not just us that are in love with this superb creation. A real winner.