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Haneda duty free

Discussion in 'Japan' started by bullet, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. bullet

    bullet One of Us

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    Hi all, well our japan trip is nearly over.

    Does anyone know if Haneda airport has any reasonable duty free shops?
    Japanese scotch in particular?
    Or better off buying in Tokyo?

    I seen to recall it being mostly super top shelf and very Exy.
    Cheers.
     
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    smackies A Local

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    Buy in Tokyo. Selection is dismal.
     
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    and cheaper
     
  4. Sandy

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    Almost no Japanese whisky at Haneda duty free.
    Get it in Tokyo at Shinanoya
     
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  5. bullet

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    Ok thanks all.
     
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    gaz35 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    i think you may put any grog into checked luggage to enter Australia
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just wrap and pad it well - bloody baggage handlers! I ruined an outstanding full length down coat bringing bottles back.
     
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    I bought my booze (3 bottles) at the local Yamaya. Wrapped it in bubble wrap, beanies at both ends, jeans around it, then a coat. Glad that it made it.
     
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    15kgs of Chu Hi in its own bag was fine

    LOL
     
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    gaz35 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    too late to put the stuff in your checked baggage if you're at the airport duty free area. I have seen bottles of grog bought airside confiscated upon boarding.
     
  11. Sandy

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    In your ski/Snowboard boots..... Inside a zip lock bag !
     
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    :clap: :cheers:
     
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    Haneda Duty Free doesn't let you buy anything if you are going via Singapore. It's quite frustrating given that all they'd need to do is seal the bag!
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've seen booze seized at Cairns during transit as well. That was sealed in a duty free bag.
     
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    Ouch. That sucks. But, Cairns.
     
  16. bullet

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    Ok, so I'm in Tokyo and every shop I go to hasn't got any Japanese single malt.
    Told by several "yamazaki, hibiki, hakushu, sold out"

    Any help where I can find a good single malt?

    Tried a few Shinanoya, yamaya ginza, and a few others.

    Wanted to try liquor express ginza but it was closed , Google says opens 2pm
     
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    Hasegawa ,Yaesu underground shopping area East of Tokyo station.
     
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    Cheers I'll check it out
     
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    All the big brands are holding back distribution for the world cup and Olympics.
     
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    Grrrrr
     
  21. bullet

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    BTW, what is the going price for a bottle of hakushu, yamakazi?

    Is yochi any good?
     
  22. LMB

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    Ha typical!
    Then mega gouge I bet.
     
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    Same with Narita airport. Walked round and round T2 yesterday looking for Yamazaki 12 yo or something equal. Very limited and pricey selection of Japanese whisky at JAL duty free and one other store. Duty free probably saves 8% Japanese VAT, but (in my opinion) probably adds 20% location premium!
     
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    Back here in Aus...
    Hakushu $A100
    Yamazaki $260

    Yoichi is good, if you mean Nikka - its from their Hokkaido distillery
     
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    Yamazaki is well known in Australia because you've always been able to get it there.
    But Yoichi(Nikka) is almost better known than Yamazaki, in Japan. Nikka also has the Miyagikyo distillery. They make the Coffey series, and the blended Taketsuru (which is not a random blend, but only from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries)... The 17yo won the world's best blended whisky 3 years in a row.
    Also, Mars(Hombo Mars) is also a well known distillery. Komagatake, Maltage, Iwai Tradition are some better known ones.
     
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    Thats yamazaki 12yo?
     
  27. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bought some of that 17yr old Nikki for my Dad few years back - he said it was awesome. Had to take him to the distillery last year.
     
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    Might have been the Taketsuru 17. Beautiful display box... Costs about 40,000yen these days, if you can find it. I have two bottles stashed, bought at the supermarket 3 years ago, for 5000 yen!!! ;)
     
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    Yeah I remember it being exxy and only two bottles on shelf (boxed) and sign under saying “rare”.
     
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    I normally just bring back a few of the more expensive ones from a supermarket. Top shelf umeshu is also worth bringing back if you like it. a Japanese friend came to stay recently and i asked him if he could bring me some umeshu (i meant a carton of the cheap stuff but didnt specify) and he bought a Suntory Umeshu that has been matured in Yamazaki barrels. Amazing stuff.
     
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    Well I found a shop with most wiskys, including aged 12, 17,21 yrs. Hibiki, yamazaki etc and many others.
    For anyone looking Japanese whisky in Tokyo it was liquor express ginza.
    Expect to pay big $ for aged ones.
     
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    I ended up with a few hours in Tokyo this evening to do a shop. Friend was staying in Akihabara for the night, the Don Quixote there last week had a few of the higher end options but very limited range. Went to Ginza today and between Shinanoya, liquor express and Don Quixote, there were good options. Hibiki Harmony for around 5000 Yen was a surprise, Nikka from the barrel around 4000 as expected, and I took a gamble on one I’m less familiar with, can’t recall right now. Was also looking at the Mt Fuji and some Hakushu/Yamazaki options at reasonable prices. Let’s hope they survive the boots journey
     
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    It survived. These 3 for about 200AUD


    And some of the other options across the 2 of the 3 stores mentioned (not Don Quijote)

     
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    Love the Donki

    *i'm aware you haven't posted any pics of
     
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    The kurayoshi is pretty tasty. Purchased - and drank most of - a bottle in Japan.

    *with help. The help still have the last of the bottle.
     
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    God I’m thirsty right now.
    The Chita is a good sipper for the price, readily available in lots of Lawson’s and Seicomarts. The cheaper Akashi is smooth and caramel. They’re not what I would fill my boots with for the way home, but for knocking back when you walk in the door in Japan.
     
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    Yeah we had the Chita whilst there. Not enough help from the others meant we left some of the bottle behind
     
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    That hurts
     
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    Yoichi is awesome. I found two bottles in a supermarket in Shinjuku, Jan 2018.
    Not helpful, I know. But I did what ur doing now and searched high and low.
     
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    Just got home, all the whisky survived... Yay.

    Some I know, some I don't so looking forward to trying it.
     
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    Yeah, there's a liquor store at shinjuku station that has it.
     
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    Although Kurayoshi says "Japanese pure malt whisky" is its a blend of Scotch single malt and Japanese single malt whisky, aged in their Tottori distillery.
    This seems to be the reason it appeared quite suddenly, about 2-3 years back.
     
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    Yes, the head of Beam Suntory in Aus mentioned this to me the other day after I returned. He said there's many products now doing this type of blending. Will give it a taste test in due course