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 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.
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 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.
Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar 2021 Classic Edition
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.
Kyoyu World Blended Whisky
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.
Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength
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.
Mars Komagatake 2021 Edition
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.
Matsui Mizunara Cask Single Malt
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!
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 keep you warm this winter.
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.
Nikka Discovery Miyagikyo Peated & Yoichi Non-Peated Set
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.
Essence of Suntory 2021 Volume 5: Malt Mania Set
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.
Ichiro’s Malt & Grain 80th Anniversary Bottle
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.
Kanosuke 2021 Second Edition
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.
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.
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.
Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu “Ba-Jia-Jiang” Taiwan Limited Edition 2021
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.
Suntory Tomi No Oka Reserve Special 2002
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.
Grande Polaire Dry Koshu 2018
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.
Ki No Bi Cask Aged 16th Edition
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!
Ie Rum Santa Maria Gold
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.
Iichiko Special Shochu
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.