Japanese Whiskey - Rare as Hen's Teeth

It's Time to Join Up

Quite frankly, you would have to have been living under a rock had you not heard about the Japanese Whiskey revolution that has been sweeping the globe recently. If like me however, you are not a particularly prolific taster of spirits, you may be a bit bewildered as to the substance behind it all. Whisky in general is experiencing such growth on the global market that it is seen as a surer bet than gold at the moment. A flashpoint in Japanese Whisky's ascent was when Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 took the top honours in ultimate Whisky authority Jim Murray's "Whiskey Bible". Describing it as a work of "near indescribable genius, demand erupted. Recently the first edition of Yamazaki 50 Year Old Single Malt sold at auction in Hong Kong for over HK$1,000,000 (around AUD$150,000) - one industry expert wonderfully observed it as costing "the same as a Maserati".

What makes Japanese Whisky so special? Leaving aside the Japanese' innate flair for the meticulous and the technical, many have pointed to the purity of the water or the pointed difference in the temperature between the cold Winters and warm Summers. Japanese whisky is famous for a cleaner and more pure spirit, but also one that offers excellent persistence in the glass, and some unique aromas.

As some of us are massive fans of Japanese Whisky, a few Prince Wine Store owners and staff sat down in Bellota to taste a couple of the new releases. Haunting and unique, there is indeed much to shout about and we were very impressed with this latest batch. We are doing 10% off our entire Japanese Whisky range. We have some that are as rare as hens teeth that are limited to 1 bottle per customer. We love these spirits and we hope to spread the word. We would be delighted if any budding or established experts would like to provide a tasting note on any purchase and we will use it on the site.


The team at the Prince Wine Store