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Consolidated "Buy Whiskey in Japan" thread (was: Haneda/Narita Duty Free Whiskey)

Consolidated "Buy Whiskey in Japan" thread (was: Haneda/Narita Duty Free Whiskey)

Old Aug 1, 19, 5:32 am
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Outrageous prices at LAX TBIT duty free. Total ripoff. Hibiki Master's Select for $115.

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Old Aug 1, 19, 10:48 am
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Yes, the price has gone up recently. The Kacho Fugetsu sells for $260. Probably because they kept selling out within hours of delivery.

$115 is not a terrible price, considering it is ¥10k in JPN airports.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 6:12 am
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
Yes, the price has gone up recently. The Kacho Fugetsu sells for $260. Probably because they kept selling out within hours of delivery.

$115 is not a terrible price, considering it is ¥10k in JPN airports.
It's actually A$129 ($88) at MEL duty free.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 1:07 pm
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Originally Posted by antebellum View Post
It's actually A$129 ($88) at MEL duty free.
Perhaps it's time to take advantage of that large PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE sticker underneath the bottles
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Old Aug 2, 19, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by antebellum View Post
Outrageous prices at LAX TBIT duty free. Total ripoff. Hibiki Master's Select for $115.
I saw the picture before the caption and was thinking "115JPY...awfully cheap... that's got to be a new thimble size container".
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Old Aug 4, 19, 7:18 am
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Well, I was at Costco doing some weekly grocery shopping, and was surprised when I saw this (last time they had Japanese whisky for sale was about a year ago): Yamazaki NAS for A$119 ($80).
Definitely on the expensive side, but most retailers here goes for at least A$180 a bottle.


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Old Aug 4, 19, 12:12 pm
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Where to buy unusual whiskey in Tokyo?

I'm heading to Tokyo next week and my friend was asking if I can bring back some American made whiskey that was only released in Japan (for example Wild Turkey 17 year). Where would be a good place to buy this in Tokyo?
I'm staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and the Conrad Tokyo. Would this be an appropriate request to ask the concierge for help with? If so, how much would I expect to pay the concierge? (I understand there's no tipping in Japan but not sure whether I would need to in this situation). Thanks for any advice. I don't personally drink whiskey so not interested in a bar that serves it only a bottle to take home.
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Old Aug 4, 19, 9:29 pm
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Originally Posted by greg999 View Post
I'm heading to Tokyo next week and my friend was asking if I can bring back some American made whiskey that was only released in Japan (for example Wild Turkey 17 year). Where would be a good place to buy this in Tokyo?
I'm staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and the Conrad Tokyo. Would this be an appropriate request to ask the concierge for help with? If so, how much would I expect to pay the concierge? (I understand there's no tipping in Japan but not sure whether I would need to in this situation). Thanks for any advice. I don't personally drink whiskey so not interested in a bar that serves it only a bottle to take home.
The Bic Camera in Shinjuku is a good spot. Last time I was there I was able to get Evan Williams 12 and a Four Roses Super Premium.

I also went to YaMaYa Shinjuku which is also a short walk away. I was able to find Blantons Black (Japanese only Blantons release) and Japanese only releases of Wild Turkey and Four Roses.

Bring your passport as you’ll get tax free benefits and they’ll usually bubble wrap it as well
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Old Aug 5, 19, 1:44 am
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Old Aug 5, 19, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by greg999 View Post
I'm heading to Tokyo next week and my friend was asking if I can bring back some American made whiskey that was only released in Japan (for example Wild Turkey 17 year). Where would be a good place to buy this in Tokyo?
I'm staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and the Conrad Tokyo. Would this be an appropriate request to ask the concierge for help with? If so, how much would I expect to pay the concierge? (I understand there's no tipping in Japan but not sure whether I would need to in this situation). Thanks for any advice. I don't personally drink whiskey so not interested in a bar that serves it only a bottle to take home.
Hasegawa Liquors underground on the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station isn't a bad place to try if you're looking for non-Japanese stuff. They've got a bit of a markup on the latter.

Additionally, Liquor Mountain's store at Ginza 7-7-7 has a good selection as well.
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Old Aug 16, 19, 12:07 am
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Scored two bottles of Suntory Royal 15 yrs Gold Label for 5,700 yen each and two bottles of Fuji Sanroku signature blend on sale for 3,200 yen each. Pretty good month for scoring whiskies under MSRP! Surprised to see Suntory Royal 15 yrs still available at that price!
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Old Aug 21, 19, 3:40 am
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Had a chance to check Narita Terminal 2 duty free around 11am last Thursday and then Terminal 1 duty free around 2pm on Monday.

At T2 I was able to score one bottle of Hibiki 21 Kacho Fugetsu. At T1 I grabbed one bottle each of Hibiki 21 Kacho Fugetsu and Hakushu 18 Limited Edition. Some notable OOS misses were Yamazaki 18 LE in T2 and Fuji Sanroku 18 LE in T1.

These were from FaSoLa shops, 50,000 JPY apiece.


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Old Aug 21, 19, 3:49 am
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Bonus photo: markups at a 7-Eleven in Shinagawa.


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Old Aug 21, 19, 4:46 am
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That's quite the markup.
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Old Aug 21, 19, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
ANA hasn't offered any Hibiki in their in-flight duty free offerings for many years now. In fact they no longer even serve the 21 year old in F.
They do, but only on NY, Frankfurt and London routes. Other international long haul routes get H17.
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