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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 Dec 27, 18, 4:07 am
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Originally Posted by jpdx View Post
I just spent a month all over Japan and didn't see anything at reasonable prices. Ample stock of Yamazaki 12, but at 19k-29k for the full size, or laughable 2.5k for minis. Did see a fair bit of Hibiki 17, and fancier stuff, but again at eye-watering prices. Stayed at several hotels that had Hibiki 17 and Yamazaki 12 minis at 1080 yen, but none were willing to sell by the box (although it's easy to ask for a half dozen per day). At this point, I'm looking around mostly out of curiosity -- Japanese prices are outrageous, stock is depleted, and I have plenty of Y12 and Y18 at home and can occasionally get more (although prices in the US have increased, too, albeit to a relatively reasonable $100 for Y12).
There's a few stores selling Yamazaki 12 minis for 780. I also scored a Hakushu 18 today for 23,000. So there is still plenty of good deals to be found.
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Old Dec 27, 18, 7:30 pm
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Just grabbed a Yamazaki 12 (700ml) bottle this morning for 8800 as well
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Old Dec 27, 18, 9:00 pm
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May I ask which location is this donki ?Thank you.
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Old Dec 28, 18, 7:38 am
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Scored a bottle of Yamazaki NAS for Y5100 and a bottleof Hibiki 21 for Y45,000. I was debating on the Hibiki 21... But I guess it is a decent price compared to some of the prices out there.
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Old Dec 29, 18, 10:27 am
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ANA serves Blenders Choice in J now instead of H17

On the plus side, seems like NRT duty free got a nice delivery for the holidays, was able to pick up 6 Hibiki 21 bottles
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Old Dec 29, 18, 5:12 pm
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
ANA serves Blenders Choice in J now instead of H17

On the plus side, seems like NRT duty free got a nice delivery for the holidays, was able to pick up 6 Hibiki 21 bottles
That is an awesome news!! I am flying out in two weeks so I am hoping I can at least score one bottle! Finger crossed!! It sounds like you scored big this trip!!
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Old Dec 29, 18, 10:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Wikiwiki View Post
QUOTE=rustykettel;30455091]It looks like Yamazaki something. 25 maybe?


Welcome to FT Wikiwiki!
Thank you. Yes you're right, 25yo limited edition. Such a nice box.
Looking forward to my Japan trip next June. It's been 6 years.[/QUOTE]

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Old Jan 2, 19, 2:24 pm
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Does Hibiki not do Japanese Harmony anymore? I can't find it anymore, used to be a very reasonable 4000-5000 JPY, I've only seen it at 9000 JPY+ and only rarely nowadays?
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Old Jan 2, 19, 2:34 pm
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Originally Posted by alman84 View Post
Does Hibiki not do Japanese Harmony anymore? I can't find it anymore, used to be a very reasonable 4000-5000 JPY, I've only seen it at 9000 JPY+ and only rarely nowadays?
Yes, they do. I saw it many places for 4k yen.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 3:29 pm
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Finally have some time to sit down and report some findings. I personally have a hard time paying over $100 USD for a bottle of whisky, so I stuck with the lower priced offerings (although I didn't see much of the exorbitant stuff). Here are the best prices I found searching near Kyoto station:
Nikka Miyagiko NAS 3700
Nikka FTB (500 mL) 2590
Nikka 12 6300
Akashi White Oak (500 mL) 1188 (this basic malt whisky pairs REALLY well with dark chocolate)
The Chita 3500 (can we just call this Japanese "bourbon"?)
Ichiro's Malt & Grain 3500
Hakushu NAS 6900

The price on the NFTB and White Oak blow my mind because they are my favorites along with the Chita (although I haven't opened the Nikka 12 yet...). But, my taste has gone the way of Bourbon where it used to be Scotch.

FYI: Kiss the stocks and price of Nikka From The Barrel goodbye: Nikka From the Barrel - Whisky Advocate

FWIW the Haneda Duty Free DID NOT get that nice delivery for the holidays - the only thing even remotely tempting was an overpriced Nikka Gold & Gold Samuri Bottle.

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Old Jan 2, 19, 4:01 pm
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Finally have some time to sit down and report some findings. I personally have a hard time paying over $100 USD for a bottle of whisky, so I stuck with the lower priced offerings (although I didn't see much of the exorbitant stuff). Here are the best prices I found searching near Kyoto station:
Nikka FTB (500 mL) 2590
Nikka 12 6300
Both a little overpriced -- saw them for 2100 and 4900 respectively.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
Both a little overpriced -- saw them for 2100 and 4900 respectively.
Next time I'm just going to PM you all the prices and you can tell me what works!

IIRC, the price ranges upthread for NFTB are considerably higher. The ~$4 difference in NTFB is easily overcome by taste Yes, I did overpay a little on the 12, but I only saw one opportunity and $14 is in the budget.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by alman84 View Post
Does Hibiki not do Japanese Harmony anymore? I can't find it anymore, used to be a very reasonable 4000-5000 JPY, I've only seen it at 9000 JPY+ and only rarely nowadays?
Certain outlets of Kakuyasu (Shimokitazawa, Setagaya-dori) have it for Y4900, as well as Yamaya Shibuya (Dogenzaka). The latter has Hakushu NAS for Y4100, the cheapest I've ever seen in over a year. Mind you, in each case it was 2-4 bottles, so cant say if they are still around. Yamaya Ginza has Nikka FTB at Y2,100. Worth also checking Enoteca, in the basement of Ginza 6.
Hasegawa in Tokyo station had the Hibiki Select for Y10,800 a few weeks back, released daily, but again, not sure of current stocks.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 7:10 pm
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Originally Posted by DrAlex View Post
Next time I'm just going to PM you all the prices and you can tell me what works!

IIRC, the price ranges upthread for NFTB are considerably higher. The ~$4 difference in NTFB is easily overcome by taste Yes, I did overpay a little on the 12, but I only saw one opportunity and $14 is in the budget.
Agreed, I wouldn't feel too bad about either one, especially at the $75 price tag (albeit for a 750ml) NFTB is going for in the US now. Both great drams.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 7:12 pm
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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post
Certain outlets of Kakuyasu (Shimokitazawa, Setagaya-dori) have it for Y4900, as well as Yamaya Shibuya (Dogenzaka). The latter has Hakushu NAS for Y4100, the cheapest I've ever seen in over a year. Mind you, in each case it was 2-4 bottles, so cant say if they are still around. Yamaya Ginza has Nikka FTB at Y2,100. Worth also checking Enoteca, in the basement of Ginza 6.
Hasegawa in Tokyo station had the Hibiki Select for Y10,800 a few weeks back, released daily, but again, not sure of current stocks.
I was at Yamaza Dogenzaka this wknd, here is their current stock:

Yamazaki 12 8880
Hibiki NAS 4100
Yamazaki 12 mini 780 (limit 5 per person), in contrast Ikebukuro has limit 1 pp.

I think they had Hakushu NAS as well but it wasn't on my radar.

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