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Old Jun 9, 19, 7:03 pm
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Originally Posted by sharkmok View Post
Want to ask how hard is to find NAS products from Suntory or Nikka in Tokyo at non-marked up prices? Things like NAS Yamazaki, Hakushu, Yoichi, NFTB.
Will be there in 2 weeks, I have no expectation to find any non-marked up for aged statement ones and not really looking for them.
Of the 4 you mention, I'd say NFTB is the most widely available at regular retail prices. It's regularly available at chain liquor shops, independents, as well as central Tokyo supermarkets.

You can still find NAS Yama, Hak and Yoichi at retail, but it's not as consistent and may require a bit of searching.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 10:52 pm
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Originally Posted by groovbusta View Post
Of the 4 you mention, I'd say NFTB is the most widely available at regular retail prices. It's regularly available at chain liquor shops, independents, as well as central Tokyo supermarkets.

You can still find NAS Yama, Hak and Yoichi at retail, but it's not as consistent and may require a bit of searching.
Nikka Tailored should be widely available as well
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Old Jun 10, 19, 11:58 am
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Originally Posted by groovbusta View Post
Of the 4 you mention, I'd say NFTB is the most widely available at regular retail prices. It's regularly available at chain liquor shops, independents, as well as central Tokyo supermarkets.

You can still find NAS Yama, Hak and Yoichi at retail, but it's not as consistent and may require a bit of searching.
Thanks for the info. May be I should look at Amazon JP to order some to ship to my hotel.

Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
Nikka Tailored should be widely available as well
Have you had a chance to try it?

PS. I'm in SFO area and had a pre-Japan trip load up on Yamazaki 12, Hakushu 12 & Hakushu 18 from BevMo at reasonable price in the last few weeks.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 3:21 pm
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Originally Posted by sharkmok View Post
Thanks for the info. May be I should look at Amazon JP to order some to ship to my hotel.


Have you had a chance to try it?

PS. I'm in SFO area and had a pre-Japan trip load up on Yamazaki 12, Hakushu 12 & Hakushu 18 from BevMo at reasonable price in the last few weeks.
I have not tried it yet, thankfully I've managed to load up on Nikka 12s before they disappear so I will keep drinking those until I run out
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Old Jun 10, 19, 3:46 pm
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My buddy was able to score 5 Blantons Blacks in Don Quijote in Osaka for 3400 yen a piece. Glad he's able to send a few my way
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Old Jun 10, 19, 6:23 pm
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Originally Posted by sharkmok View Post
Thanks for the info. May be I should look at Amazon JP to order some to ship to my hotel.
Amazon JP doesn't have the best prices, but the convenience of ordering/shipping to your hotel can't be beat, especially if you don't have the time to visit / hunt shops in person.

I'm sure for most overseas visitors, the availability and selection on Amazon JP justifies the premium price charged.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 2:15 am
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So far this trip, batting zero. Nothing in Nihonbashi, Asakusa, Akasaka. At Mega Don Q in Shibuya got excited when I saw a sign that said "Hibiki and Yamazaki on 4F". False alarm. Only thing semi worthwhile was Nikki Pure Malt NAS for 64,000. On to Osaka tomorrow and hopefully better luck.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 4:42 am
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Originally Posted by Aloha1 View Post
So far this trip, batting zero. Nothing in Nihonbashi, Asakusa, Akasaka. At Mega Don Q in Shibuya got excited when I saw a sign that said "Hibiki and Yamazaki on 4F". False alarm. Only thing semi worthwhile was Nikki Pure Malt NAS for 64,000. On to Osaka tomorrow and hopefully better luck.
And it is highly unlikely you will find any age statement Japanese whisky at a reasonable price anywhere in Japan....especially at major liquor stores. I was recently in Nagoya (not at all a tourist destination) and there was nothing. Forget it in Tokyo and Osaka.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 5:17 am
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What's the recent price range for Taketsuru Pure Malt NAS across major stores in Japan?
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Old Jun 15, 19, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by Aloha1 View Post
So far this trip, batting zero. Nothing in Nihonbashi, Asakusa, Akasaka. At Mega Don Q in Shibuya got excited when I saw a sign that said "Hibiki and Yamazaki on 4F". False alarm. Only thing semi worthwhile was Nikki Pure Malt NAS for 64,000. On to Osaka tomorrow and hopefully better luck.
What exactly are you hoping to purchase and at what rate? And how is Pure Malt NAS for $600 worthwhile? That bottle should cost about $30.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
What exactly are you hoping to purchase and at what rate? And how is Pure Malt NAS for $600 worthwhile? That bottle should cost about $30.
Added one too many zeros. Sumimasen. Hopefully some Hibiki 17 minis, Yamazaki 12. And agreed on the Nikka pricing.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Aloha1 View Post
Added one too many zeros. Sumimasen. Hopefully some Hibiki 17 minis, Yamazaki 12. And agreed on the Nikka pricing.
Hibiki 17 minis are basically gone from retail (unless want to pay a fortune). Some hotel minibars still have them. Yama 12 can be bought much cheaper in the US.
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Old Jun 16, 19, 4:09 am
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Old Jun 16, 19, 4:10 am
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Originally Posted by james21_h View Post


i guess i had a better luck today for the first hunt of this trip! Only bought a bottle of Yamazaki NAS tho.
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Old Jun 16, 19, 5:31 am
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Originally Posted by invalyd View Post
What exactly are you hoping to purchase and at what rate? And how is Pure Malt NAS for $600 worthwhile? That bottle should cost about $30.
Thank you for that info. I'll bear in mind.
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