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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)

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Old Sep 21, 18, 4:44 pm
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Just scored my best deal in many years of hunting Japanese whisky and I didn't even need to leave the couch

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Old Sep 21, 18, 5:03 pm
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Bravo! Care to let us into your secret...?
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Old Sep 21, 18, 8:08 pm
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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post
Bravo! Care to let us into your secret...?
I wish I had one. Tis one ultimately came down to pure luck. I found the shop online and called at the right time, they were nice enough to hold the bottles for me and ship them across the country.

That being said, any money I saved on these bottles I no doubt spent in time hunting down dozens of other fruitless leads

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Old Sep 23, 18, 5:29 am
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Yamazaki NAS for Yen 4,100 at Yamaya in Ginza (behind Sapporo Beer Hall/Ginza 6) - about the cheapest I've seen in months - 6 bottles or so, behind the counter. Also Nikka From The Cask - Yen 2,100, here also superb price - as Sake no Sokuhai has it for Yen 3,800.

Fuji Gotemba 18 years and Fuji Gotemba Wine cask also coming onto the market - Yen 24,000-29,000 - Has anyone tried the Wine cask?

Popped by Hasegawa Honten under Tokyo station - a good stock from Karuizawa (Yen 598,000!, last seen a year months ago in Sake no Sukuhai for 298,000), and Hibiki but quite steep prices - NAS (9K), 17Y (39k) 21Y (68k) and 30 year (498k)...
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Old Sep 23, 18, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post
Popped by Hasegawa Honten under Tokyo station - a good stock from Karuizawa (Yen 598,000!, last seen a year months ago in Sake no Sukuhai for 298,000), and Hibiki but quite steep prices - NAS (9K), 17Y (39k) 21Y (68k) and 30 year (498k)...
Hasegawa has been a tourist trap for many years now with terrible prices.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 11:40 am
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Scored a bottle of Mars Komagatake Y's Cask for 10k yen on Rakuten. Not a terrible deal. Wonder if anyone tried that single cask yet? Really hard to find a single cask that is still reasonable priced these days...
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Old Sep 25, 18, 10:55 pm
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Originally Posted by NeTWorKz View Post
I'll be in Tokyo/Osaka for about 2 weeks and planning on picking up a bottle or two of Whisky to enjoy back in the US. I've been out of the Whisky game for so long and I want to get back into it since I'll be in Japan.

What should I pick up while I'm in Japan for under $200 USD?

I would love to be able to pick up a bottle of H12, H18, Y12, and Y18 but judging from what I've been reading, that's highly unlikely.
anyone else have any suggestions besides the "Hibiki Master Select"?

Thoughts on the Hibiki Master Select?
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Old Sep 26, 18, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by NeTWorKz View Post
anyone else have any suggestions besides the "Hibiki Master Select"?

Thoughts on the Hibiki Master Select?
The Fuji Sanroku Signature Blend (50d, non-chill) launched a few months ago would be a good buy at around Yen 5200, discounted to around Yen 4,800. A superb blend by the Kirin Gotenba distillery, and their master blender.
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Old Sep 29, 18, 9:47 pm
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Will be visiting Tokyo and Kyoto in about 1.5 weeks, wanted to see if there were any recommended places that were not too out of the way from the major tourist spots in both cities to find a bottle of Yamazaki?
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Old Sep 30, 18, 6:49 am
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Will be visiting Tokyo and Kyoto in about 1.5 weeks, wanted to see if there were any recommended places that were not too out of the way from the major tourist spots in both cities to find a bottle of Yamazaki?
Shinanoya behind Ginza 6 in Ginza, had ten bottles of NAS behind the counter for less than Yen 5000. Any aged bottles are market prices as have been well documented above.
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Old Sep 30, 18, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post
Shinanoya behind Ginza 6 in Ginza, had ten bottles of NAS behind the counter for less than Yen 5000. Any aged bottles are market prices as have been well documented above.
Thanks, will see if it is still there when I arrive...

How does buying alcohol outside of duty-free work? I have never done this before!
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Old Sep 30, 18, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post
Shinanoya behind Ginza 6 in Ginza, had ten bottles of NAS behind the counter for less than Yen 5000. Any aged bottles are market prices as have been well documented above.
Sorry for double post, the link didn't paste for my message earlier. Was this the location you were talking about?

https://goo.gl/maps/uUnnmsEAHd42
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Old Oct 1, 18, 3:23 am
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How does buying alcohol outside of duty-free work? I have never done this before!
Probably point at the product, give them money (look at the register if unsure of final price). Tax free stores just give you duty free options if you qualify (take your passport), but you can still buy with duty is my understanding.

Store: http://www.shinanoya.co.jp/shop/ginza.html

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Old Oct 1, 18, 4:46 am
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Originally Posted by an1030 View Post
Sorry for double post, the link didn't paste for my message earlier. Was this the location you were talking about?

https://goo.gl/maps/uUnnmsEAHd42
No thats Shinanoya (fine store, but little Japanese whisky).

I meant Yamaya

https://www.google.ca/maps/@35.66857...7i13312!8i6656
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Old Oct 1, 18, 7:50 am
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Anyone has opened or tried the new Hibiki Blender's Choice? I would like to hear some impressions of it

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