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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 Jan 29, 19, 3:52 pm
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I have deleted a disruptive post and replies thereto. As always, please engage in discussion with your fellow members with respect. This is a great resource for those searching for whiskey in Japan -- let's keep it that way!

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Old Jan 29, 19, 5:00 pm
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Pic from this past weekend, there's still retail prices to be found in Japan if one is willing to do a bit of digging.

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Old Jan 29, 19, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
Pic from this past weekend, there's still retail prices to be found in Japan if one is willing to do a bit of digging.

Care to reveal where these are? Thanks
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Old Jan 30, 19, 7:50 pm
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Old Jan 30, 19, 8:27 pm
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My haul for this trip! Pretty happy with it!!
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Old Jan 31, 19, 1:45 am
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My haul for this trip! Pretty happy with it!!
Where did you get that much from? Yamazaki LE is basically out of reach. 180ml Yamazaki, mini Hibiki and full Hibiki 17 isn't easy to find either.
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Old Jan 31, 19, 8:03 am
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Is that really the normal price for a 21yo Hibiki?

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Pic from this past weekend, there's still retail prices to be found in Japan if one is willing to do a bit of digging.

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Old Jan 31, 19, 8:17 am
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Where did you get that much from? Yamazaki LE is basically out of reach. 180ml Yamazaki, mini Hibiki and full Hibiki 17 isn't easy to find either.
I kinda lucked out. I ordered those Hibiki 17 and Hibiki minis right before they announced the discontinuation and shipped them to my buddy's house and stored there. I paid around ~Y18000 for a full size and ~Y1000 for mini each back then. The Yamazaki NAS I found them at a local Lawson just 3 weeks ago in Japan for Y1200 each. Cleaned it up (4 total) and they never restocked it after that. I stopped by many convenient stores but never see Yamazaki or Hakushu NAS around after 2017,
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Old Jan 31, 19, 8:25 am
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I had a chance to try the Komagatake 2018 Limited Edition (Bourbon Barrel & American Oak Cask) at a tasting in November. It smelled very young (distiller said it was matured 3 years) and was pretty dry on the palate with a long semi sweet finish. If the other Komagatake releases taste this young, I wouldn't waste ~$80 on it unless you just wanted it to show you got something unique from Japan. I can think of many, many whiskeys widely available in the U.S. that I'd rather spend that kind of money on.

Another thing to note about Japanese Whiskey is that unlike Bourbon in the U.S. and Scotch in, well, Scotland, there are practically no standards on labeling and sourcing. "Japanese Whiskey" can be sourced from anywhere and blended in Japan and still can be considered as such. See #4 in this article. I'm not saying there isn't great Japanese whiskey to be had, just buyer beware- country of origin in this case doesn't connote quality. As old stocks continue to be depleted, distilleries around the world are releasing more NAS (No Age Statement) releases and some Japan-based companies are more deceptive about sourcing in labeling.
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Old Jan 31, 19, 11:03 am
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Originally Posted by sbjnyc View Post
Is that really the normal price for a 21yo Hibiki?
Yep, those are all retail prices.

They also had Yamazaki 18 at 25,000 and Yamazaki 25 125,000
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Old Jan 31, 19, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
Yep, those are all retail prices.

They also had Yamazaki 18 at 25,000 and Yamazaki 25 125,000
I've only been to Japan a few times but last time I went I flew ANA in F and the Hibiki 21yo was served. I don't recall the name of their in-flight magazine but they offered bottles of whiskey and I thought I remembered the prices for a bottle being much higher and assumed that those prices would be retail.
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Old Jan 31, 19, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by sbjnyc View Post
I've only been to Japan a few times but last time I went I flew ANA in F and the Hibiki 21yo was served. I don't recall the name of their in-flight magazine but they offered bottles of whiskey and I thought I remembered the prices for a bottle being much higher and assumed that those prices would be retail.
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.
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Old Jan 31, 19, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
Yep, those are all retail prices.

They also had Yamazaki 18 at 25,000 and Yamazaki 25 125,000
The store owner is a saint!! I never seen a bottle of Yamazaki 25 or Hibiki 30 selling for less than $2000 USD after 2015-2016....
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Old Jan 31, 19, 2:27 pm
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Latest: Nikka 12, both Nikka Coffey Stills (Malt and Grain) to be discontinued. - on Google now
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Old Jan 31, 19, 11:03 pm
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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post
Latest: Nikka 12, both Nikka Coffey Stills (Malt and Grain) to be discontinued. - on Google now
Not entirely correct. According to Nikka, Coffey stills are only being suspended in Japan market. They will continue to be sold in the USA.
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