They are now some of the most in-demand (not to mention investable) whiskies on the market – yet the vast majority of Japanese whiskies still remain remarkably hard to come by outside Japan. But that’s all set to change with the launch of Dekantā, a new online retailer boasting the world’s largest selection of Japanese whisky, with more than 300 bottles to choose from.
As well as popular blends from the likes of Hibiki (from $88) and Nikka (from $64), and single malts from the award-winning Yamazaki and peaty Yoichi distilleries, the Tokyo-based retailer also lists some real rarities from closed distilleries – including a 1971 Karuizawa ($8,543), a Hanyu Joker Card Series ($1,910, first picture) and the Ichiro’s Malt – Ace of Diamonds ($2,807).
Other highlights include choice bottlings from the precocious Chichibu distillery, the almighty Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 ($3,030, voted World’s Best Whisky by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015), and the delectable Hibiki 17-year-old ($210, second picture).
And there’s plenty to please the eye as well as the palate too, including a rare Mars Whisky Tarudashigenshyu Sangaku-Series with a hand-painted label ($3,500) and a special-edition Hanshin Tigers 2003 Senshi Tachi ($750) set of eight Karuizawa miniatures decorated in the likeness of the celebrated Nippon baseball team – sure to bring a smile to the face of many a whisky lover.
The website also includes profiles of every distillery and company, detailed technical information on each bottling, and the option of signature Dekantā gift packaging for the few whiskies that come without a presentation box. For orders over $5,000 a same-day delivery service is available to selected countries around the world. And if you have Japanese whisky to sell? Well, they buy that too – visit their sister site webuyoldwhisky.com to find out more.