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

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Old Aug 28, 16, 7:19 pm
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What Bic Camera store was this? I am going to be in Japan later in the week and I see they have one of my favourites on the shelf--Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries. (Too bad the price is 2x what I paid about 3 years ago though)
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Old Aug 28, 16, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by mapleg View Post
What Bic Camera store was this? I am going to be in Japan later in the week and I see they have one of my favourites on the shelf--Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries. (Too bad the price is 2x what I paid about 3 years ago though)
its not bic its liquor express in ginza read above
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Old Aug 28, 16, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by mkjr View Post
its not bic its liquor express in ginza read above
Thanks, obviously need to put my reading glasses on !
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Old Aug 30, 16, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by mkjr View Post
its not bic its liquor express in ginza read above
Liquor Express has a nice selection, unfortunately they're way overpriced on Japanese whiskies. But since many of those bottles are nowhere to be found, you pretty much have no choice. Same thing with Liquors Hasegawa.

OTOH, I once found Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel, 2012 & 2013 there for retail price ($150). Those are impossible to find in the US under $400.
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Old Aug 31, 16, 9:11 am
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Liquors Hasegawa had Yamazaki 18 and Hibiki 21 when my hotel concierge called. It was way overpriced so I didn't bother stopping by.
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Old Sep 12, 16, 12:42 pm
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I picked up 2 bottles of Yamazaki 18 Limited Edition.

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Old Sep 12, 16, 8:15 pm
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For anyone that happens to fly through TPE, picked up a bottle yesterday of Eigashima Shin NAS Select Reserve for $US21 for a 500ml bottle. They also had the white oak blue label NAS for same price for the 700ml. Only at the main duty free store just past immigration in t2.
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Old Sep 14, 16, 12:41 am
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Originally Posted by speedy_j View Post
I picked up 2 bottles of Yamazaki 18 Limited Edition.
You know that the Yamazaki 18 LE they sell in the DFS is just the same juice as the regular Yamazaki 18, just in a prettier bottle at 2x the price?
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Old Sep 16, 16, 3:41 pm
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Hi you guys have been a great source for tracking down whiskys in Japan so wanted to give back and let you know what I found.
(Prices in yen)

Narita duty free
Hibiki 17 - 20000
Hibiki 21 - 50000
Hakushu 18 - 50000
Yamazaki 18 - 50000

The liquor store in kurumon ichiba market in osaka out of most aged stock....
Had two bottles of Hibiki 21- 25000

Hiroshima Bic Camera by the station
Plenty of Hibiki 17 - 11800
Yamazaki 12 - 8830
Hakushu 18 - 24800

happy hunting guys
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Decent price on the 12yr yamazaki. Nice to see it come back.
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Old Oct 10, 16, 7:13 am
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Originally Posted by mkjr View Post
its not bic its liquor express in ginza read above
What is the address for Liquors Express in Ginza?

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Old Oct 11, 16, 8:22 am
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We are flying Osaka > Seoul (2 day stopover) then home to JFK. Will it possible to buy duty free in Japan and travel with it through South Korea?
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Originally Posted by EWRTravelers View Post
We are flying Osaka > Seoul (2 day stopover) then home to JFK. Will it possible to buy duty free in Japan and travel with it through South Korea?
From http://asiaenglish.visitkorea.or.kr/..._EN_2_1_2.jsp:

Duty Free Allowance

US $600 per capita from the total dutiable value shall be exempted from imposition of duty. Items that are duty free exemptions are: Liquor, cigarettes, and perfume are 1 bottle (not over 1 liter, US $400 or less in foreign currency) of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes (50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco) and 2 ounces of perfume (about 60㎖), the amounts that exceed duty exemption amount per capita. Also, liquor and cigarettes are only permitted for those over 19 years of age.
So you should be good to grab at least 2 bottles (assuming "we" is at least 2 people who are over 19)
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Old Oct 17, 16, 9:30 am
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Just as an FYI, picked up some Yamazaki 12 at Bevmo over the weekend. The store in SF Bayshore had 1 left. Seems like scattered availability at the other Bay Area stores I checked. At $100, not cheap but figured I'd buy a bottle given it's not much cheaper in Japan and it's hard to find nowadays.
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Old Oct 18, 16, 10:46 am
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Posted my review of this in the Scotch thread but think it warrants a mention here since this thread has broadened a bit to cover all Japanese Whisky, not just NRT/HND duty free options.

There is a new Suntory expression that's only available in the US and Canada but appears to be widely available within the US/Canada. It's called Suntory Toki. MSRP is $40 but it's available for less (at least in NC where it's $29.99). It's a blend of whiskies from Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries.

http://whisky.suntory.com/en/na/products/toki/

I bought a bottle and tasted it last night, it was nothing special - seems better suited for a highball (which I think is what they are going to while capitalizing on it being "Japanese Whisky" to charge a premium over typical highball whisky).

Nonetheless for those based in the US who follow this thread closely, it might worth checking out.
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