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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Sandy, Jun 8, 2013.
Back in the day you would just go to Yamaya and stock up, you didnt even need to think about it.
The only time i've bought duty free was when going on a holiday to a resort or somewhere on an island that was going to be isolated and the place you were staying at were going to charge a ridiculous amount, or simply not available.
You can still get some decent deals on whiskey at duty free, you just have to be flexible on what you want. And that means no Japanese whiskey haha
My wife and I did a trip up that way last year, and made sure to check out a few distilleries/whiskey bars in town while visiting Kiroro. Check out my blog post about it for more info!
http://www.beermountaineer.com/2016...m.au&utm_campaign=Ski.Com/AU - Whiskey/Kiroro
Some years ago a Yamaya store in Tsu had a bottle of Penfolds Grange for 25000Y. In hindsight I should have bought.
@Sandy tells me that the price of lamb chops is cheaper in Yokohama than Melbourne.
Yeah, comes from NZ. I also buy tender lamb steaks, which are cheaper, and better value because of no bone.
The bulk food store on the road up to Happo from the station sells lamb roasts, no bone. Reasonable price as well. (aussie connection there).
Where is this ?
My local OK supermarket. OK supermarket started in Yokohama's "little America" part of Honmoku, maybe 20 years ago.There's a high concentration of expats and it started originally to cater for more foreign food needs, so while it's still Japanese, you can get more variety at cheap Japanese prices. (fully foreign catering supermarkets are often really expensive)
There are now loads of the them mostly near Yokohama and around Tokyo.
See the map at the bottom.
However, I don't know for sure if all of them stock exactly the same items. I'd say that the closer to where I live (where there's more expats), the more foreign food will be available. They used to have full racks of lamb about 5 years ago, and they were only 1000 yen each. Not these days
Are there any near Costco ?
Near Costco Kawasaki: To the NW OK Kawasaki Honten, near the river. 219 yen/100g
That is a link for a Motorcycle shop
But you can still get lamb there
Belongs in the only in Japan thread
The thing to remember is that Japanese uber expensive whiskey tastes the same as it did when it wasn't.
Taketsuru 21yr old, $22 a half bottle ..... Hokkaido powder free
Can you send me a link to address ?
Yeah, it doesn't seem to work on the smartphone
Top left, OK Kawasaki Honten. Costco, bottom right.
Looks like this:
Just back from Tasmania and I tasted the best whisky I've ever tasted. The Sullivan Cove in French oak. Num num num
Exxy, I would imagine?
Fark yeah, I didn't buy the bottle.
I was never much of a whiskey drinker until a mate gave me some 21yr old Hibiki a couple of seasons ago , and it was like that scene from the Blues Brothers ' I have seen the light' .
Similar. A mate does all the marketing for Diageo the company that brings many liquor brands into Australia.
Someone there made a mistake and imported 4,000 cases of Johnny Walker blue instead of 4,000 bottles. He had cases of JW Blue for a good while so we imbibed considerably. Now I can't drink cheap whisky. Damn.
I've been making my own whisky for 3 seasons now, after making grappa for years and my family has been making it for decades. My whisky is by no means good yet, but it's getting better.
Use Japanese woodchips and ya gots ya own Japanese fancy whisky
As much as people say chips work, nothing beats a proper charred barrel. And that's the hard part.
Is his name Anthony ?
Good surface area etc but better than 'flavouring'
At least on your block you can store some barrels!
It's not storing them, it's finding them in good enough condition for a reasonable price that's the issue. That's why a lot of people use chips. Chips and planks taste OK, but it never seems to get in deep enough, so you end up with either a weird mid taste or after taste. Your stil makes a lot of difference too, luckily I have a really good copper one.
21Yr old Hibiki for $559 at Vancouver Airport .....
Yeah I paid 4500y for that Nikka at narita airport no less, a quick Aussie search has some sites flogging it for a wee bit more
https://www.thewhiskylibrary.co.nz/...ujuku-50-blended-japanese-whisky-70cl-50-abv/ picked this up in Japan and a Nikka Black Special in korea (because they have stupid duty free laws!). I think i paid 1900 for the kirin.. considerably more at home haha
I got that in Vietnam duty free last September. Was good, wouldn't describe it as smooth though
Normal price on Rakuten: 1814yen, so it was a good price.
Love that drop, so damn cheap too. I usually put a few drops of water in to help with the high alcohol content and make it a bit smoother
My purchases at a couple of different supermarkets in Kutchan and Furano last month, except the Dalwhinnie. Seems like the range of premium whiskies is gone from the average local place now, with just one gem to pounce on in each place
I would always go to a Yamaya over any supermarket these days, more likely to have a much better range and at a slightly better price. Supermarket is OK for the stuff you want to drive every night while you're over there, but Yamaya is for stuff you want to bring back to AUS.
NEW WORLD RECORD SET FOR JAPANESE WHISKY
Wish I hadn't drunk mine now
On my last couple of trips to Japan for business i have managed to find a Yamazaki Disillers Reserve ( local version ) and a Nikka “Tailored”, at BIC Camera.
The Yamazaki was only marginally below the price of Dans here, but the Nikka, which is a blend, was about 6000 jpy, and reasonable drinking for the price. I also got a Suntory AO which was not worth bringing back. The Tailored and AO are both tourist trap whisky, but i would still buy the Tailored again - just not here in Oz where the price is inflated...
My work colleague has bought Yamazaki 12 in BIC camera in the past 2 years, but you may need to go back repeatedly in order to be there at the right time.
Also visited the Yamazaki distillery between Kyoto and Osaka. Well worth the visit, but you need to book it WELL in advance.
You don't find anything at Bic these days.
Better to go to Shinanoya, and go after Nikka Coffey Grain or Coffey Malt, Suntory The Chita, or Shinshu Mars Cosmo or Mars Iwai Tradition.
Thanks for that. I hadn’t tried them but i do see them quite a bit. Will see how i go next time i visit later this year.
I hear what you are saying about BIC Camera, but given i am not in a big city, and usually stay for a week, i can back to the store repeatedly. I have to pass by one near my hotel and i reckon i find something decent maybe 25% of the time. Sadly I have only been drinking whisky for 2 years or so.. But i had been travelling to Japan for at least 10 years before that for work. It breaks my heart to know what i missed out on !
These days i am also trying a bit of Tasmanian whisky. I went to a Hawks corporate day recently and tried Overeem, Launceston Distillery, Spring bay, and my favourite, Hobart Whisky Bourbon Cask from Devils Distillery - wow. It’s way too expensive for regular drinking though...
I can always go down the road to the local shop (If I can afford it )
Just the Japanese ones!
My brother in law once gave me a Chichibu Wisky many years ago - had I only know what I know now.