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Old Sep 12, 19, 4:54 pm
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I was able to score the Hibiki Harmony Masterís Select Limited Edition packaging at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday for 1590 HKD. Seemed like they had quite a few stock in multiple duty free shops, but they were flying off the shelves real quick.

I plan to go to the Yamazaki distillery in a few days and was wondering if the gift shops accept credit card since the tasting room only accepts cash. Thanks in advance.
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Old Sep 12, 19, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by kenshinxl85 View Post
I was able to score the Hibiki Harmony Master’s Select Limited Edition packaging at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday for 1590 HKD. Seemed like they had quite a few stock in multiple duty free shops, but they were flying off the shelves real quick.

Good datapoint. It's a nice looking presentation, but reviews seem to suggest it's not a better dram than Harmony.

Originally Posted by kenshinxl85 View Post
I plan to go to the Yamazaki distillery in a few days and was wondering if the gift shops accept credit card since the tasting room only accepts cash. Thanks in advance.
Gift shop takes credit card, but tax free is not available.

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Old Sep 12, 19, 10:09 pm
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Originally Posted by kenshinxl85 View Post
I was able to score the Hibiki Harmony Masterís Select Limited Edition packaging at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday for 1590 HKD. Seemed like they had quite a few stock in multiple duty free shops, but they were flying off the shelves real quick.
For everyone's information, this can be had for far cheaper at Changi -- around SGD 200 when I passed through in February.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by kenshinxl85 View Post
I plan to go to the Yamazaki distillery in a few days and was wondering if the gift shops accept credit card since the tasting room only accepts cash. Thanks in advance.
Yes, they do.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 7:19 pm
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Was able to get a bottle of Moon Glow 2018 LE for Y8500, Nikka Tailored for Y3200, and Yoichi Salt & Peaty for Y7600 online in Japan. Wasn't sure about Moon Glow 2018 but at that price I thought why not. Now I have been doing whisky hunt online instead of hopping from store to store... A lot times I was able to find the NAS on sale at lower than MSRP online!
Waiting on the next limited release of Suntory products. Haven't heard anything about any new releases yet...
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Old Sep 17, 19, 10:18 pm
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Back in Tokyo for the first time in a couple of years and Shinjuku is pretty dried up. Over the past two days I went to BIC, Isetan, YaMaYa, Don Quixote, and Liquor Mountain coming up completely empty on anything age stated from any brand. To make matters worse, apparently the Park Hyatt stopped carrying the Hibiki 17 mini bottles in the minibar...

Picked up some American export exclusives at Shinanoya (which had better prices than anything on amazon.jp) and picked up some stock at this small liquor store right next to Liquor Mountain. I was able to grab the following;

Nikka 12 @ 7800Y
Nikka from the Barrell @ 3500Y
The Blend of Nikka @ 7800Y
Nikka Whisky The Blend @ 7800Y

I'm not too familiar with the Blend of Nikka's but figured for 7800Y, might as well give it a try.

Was able to grab IW Harper 12 @ 4700 Y and Wild Turkey 13 @ 4000 Y at Shinanoya.

Hopefully I'm able to report back with better news from Osaka.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 9:36 am
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Originally Posted by esquesk View Post
To make matters worse, apparently the Park Hyatt stopped carrying the Hibiki 17 mini bottles in the minibar...
They still have them. Call housekeeping.

You can also pickup Nikka 12 at the airport for •5400.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
They still have them. Call housekeeping.

You can also pickup Nikka 12 at the airport for •5400.
I pre-ordered mine here earlier this month for NRT:

https://www.fasola-shop.com/products...IKKA-12Y-700ML
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Old Sep 19, 19, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
They still have them. Call housekeeping.

You can also pickup Nikka 12 at the airport for •5400.
Thanks for this - I ended up grabbing 6 Hibiki 17 minis from them. I also have orders for 2 bottles of Nikka 12 at the airport (1 each with S/O) but was looking to scoop as many as I could find.

Today I went to Liquors Hasegawa and they had Y12 at 25K and Y18 at 75K. Ended up going the amazon.jp route and picked up some bottles;
Hibiki BC - 10K yen
Hibiki 21 - 54K yen
3x Nikka from the Barrel - 2.5K yen

Not too thrilled with the price on the H21 but I've come to the realization that I wasn't likely going to do better.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by esquesk View Post
Thanks for this - I ended up grabbing 6 Hibiki 17 minis from them.
No problem. They have updated my room preferences at this point so when I arrive all whisky in the minibar is only Hibiki 17. Now that's Japanese hospitality
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Old Sep 19, 19, 11:31 pm
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The Mars Komagatake LE 2019 is out. It is around 8200 yen a bottle. Just put in an order. I suspect it probably taste similar to 2018 LE.
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Old Sep 20, 19, 2:36 pm
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Originally Posted by james21_h View Post
The Mars Komagatake LE 2019 is out. It is around 8200 yen a bottle. Just put in an order. I suspect it probably taste similar to 2018 LE.
Not to rain on anyone's parade but I found the 2018 LE to be nothing special and very young tasting. Mars is attempting to ride the premium Japanese Whiskey wave (and probably succeeding) but the quality of the liquid is not good. For $70-80 USD I could find many whiskeys that are far superior with similar finishing.
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Old Sep 21, 19, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by Pureboy View Post
Not to rain on anyone's parade but I found the 2018 LE to be nothing special and very young tasting. Mars is attempting to ride the premium Japanese Whiskey wave (and probably succeeding) but the quality of the liquid is not good. For $70-80 USD I could find many whiskeys that are far superior with similar finishing.
Dramtastic seems to agree.
Buying Japanese Whisky in Japan 2019 Report | The Japanese Whisky Review
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Old Sep 21, 19, 5:28 am
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Originally Posted by Pureboy View Post
Not to rain on anyone's parade but I found the 2018 LE to be nothing special and very young tasting. Mars is attempting to ride the premium Japanese Whiskey wave (and probably succeeding) but the quality of the liquid is not good. For $70-80 USD I could find many whiskeys that are far superior with similar finishing.
Yes I do agree to that. It's a meh whisky but since my second son was born this year I figured having at least one LE 2019 bottling would be great. Hope this year's LE tastes better than last year. I don't hate the 2018 but don't like it much!
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Old Sep 21, 19, 8:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Pureboy View Post
Not to rain on anyone's parade but I found the 2018 LE to be nothing special and very young tasting. Mars is attempting to ride the premium Japanese Whiskey wave (and probably succeeding) but the quality of the liquid is not good. For $70-80 USD I could find many whiskeys that are far superior with similar finishing.
Totally agree. Not a brand I am buying.
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