Suntory Chita Japanese Whisky - £35.90 @ Amazon.
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Suntory Chita Japanese Whisky - £35.90 @ Amazon.

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Found 5th Apr
Super price for this. It went hot when I posted at £40 before - this is the lowest it has been.
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1616french1 h, 11 m ago

No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?Not …No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?Not everyone is an alcohol expert.


Japanese whiskies are some of the best in the world, and have in the past, pipped the Scottish in the worlds best whisky awards. The story of Masataka Taketsuru is an interesting read and gives some insight in to the history.

Nikka - From the Barrel is a great inexpensive introduction and shows how good it can be (and also how good a blended whisky can be). Others I really like include Yoichi single malt and Hibiki.

This is a single grain whisky, it's very light, clean and easy to drink.
1616french1 m ago

Japanese Whisky?Whatever next?Irish Sushi


You're joking right?
1616french6 m ago

Japanese Whisky?Whatever next?Irish Sushi


Well Suntory own Tyrconnell so they make Irish whisky! They also own other big brands such as Jim Beam and Teachers whisky as well as Laphroaig. Irish sushi may not be far away.
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Wanted to try this the other day, ended up buying something else instead. Would have gone for it at this price though!
Ordered, thanks OP
Japanese Whisky?
Whatever next?
Irish Sushi
1616french1 m ago

Japanese Whisky?Whatever next?Irish Sushi


You're joking right?
Alan121123 m ago

You're joking right?


No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?
Not everyone is an alcohol expert.
1616french6 m ago

Japanese Whisky?Whatever next?Irish Sushi


Well Suntory own Tyrconnell so they make Irish whisky! They also own other big brands such as Jim Beam and Teachers whisky as well as Laphroaig. Irish sushi may not be far away.
Edited by: "Rarnik" 5th Apr
Strange name, down the Chita, not up. Drink!!
1616french28 m ago

No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?Not …No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?Not everyone is an alcohol expert.


In short, yes, Japanese whisky is very trendy at the mo.
1616french53 m ago

Japanese Whisky?Whatever next?Irish Sushi


Loughborough guy mark 2 🙈
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1616french53 m ago

No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?Not …No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?Not everyone is an alcohol expert.


It's quite good and yeah, I suppose Japan isn't the first country that pops into your head when thinking of whisky. I will only go for it when it's on an offer like this. Yamazaki Distillery Reserve Single Malt is pretty good, but at the RRP I'd probably go for some Blantons instead. I've not tried much in the way of Japanese whisky, so will be interested when there's a sale on some of the others.

I've been intrigued by it, which is what prompted me. Always opted for Scotch, Irish or on occasion American. Just picked up some Makers Mark Bourbon, which is a nice tipple at the right price
Edited by: "NeoTrix" 5th Apr
Original Poster
1616french1 h, 11 m ago

No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?Not …No, I didn't realize the Japanese were big whisky makers...Are they?Not everyone is an alcohol expert.


Japanese whiskies are some of the best in the world, and have in the past, pipped the Scottish in the worlds best whisky awards. The story of Masataka Taketsuru is an interesting read and gives some insight in to the history.

Nikka - From the Barrel is a great inexpensive introduction and shows how good it can be (and also how good a blended whisky can be). Others I really like include Yoichi single malt and Hibiki.

This is a single grain whisky, it's very light, clean and easy to drink.
I was initially tempted but upon closer inspection I’m not sure a grain NAS is worth £37 let alone £52 RRP. Rather delicate and two dimensional according to the online buzz. Haven’t tried it personally.

perhaps ones money is better spent on a bottle of Aultmore 12 or Balvenie 12 Single Barrel. Similar, floral, buttery citrus profile. Both are excellent. I have tasted. Albeit slight more expensive at £44-£55 a bottle.

On a general note, I was to try more Japanese whisky but the prices are silly. For example, Hikibi 17. £250! For £250 I could buy three bottles of stellar scotch. Just doesn’t compute
edgeone45 m ago

Japanese whiskies are some of the best in the world, and have in the past, …Japanese whiskies are some of the best in the world, and have in the past, pipped the Scottish in the worlds best whisky awards. The story of Masataka Taketsuru is an interesting read and gives some insight in to the history.Nikka - From the Barrel is a great inexpensive introduction and shows how good it can be (and also how good a blended whisky can be). Others I really like include Yoichi single malt and Hibiki.This is a single grain whisky, it's very light, clean and easy to drink.


Well you learn something new everyday.
I'm now schooled in whisky
Glows in the dark !
I've seen many post-war Japanese films, from the likes of Yasujiro Ozu. Whisky drinking scenes were quite frequent, especially by 'big corporate workers'.
I'd be interested to try it but it's beyond my budget
Its whiskey not whisky
flojo120 m ago

Its whiskey not whisky


Nope the Japanese base their distilling techniques on the Scotch model so it's whisky... says so on the bottle

As for the price, over the past 6 years it's sky- rocketed, both due to it becoming vastly more popular internationally and the Japanese distillers not foreseeing the sudden boom and running out of their aged stock. That's why some of the more popular single malts and age statement blends have been phased out for NAS bottlings. Six or seven years ago you could buy Yamazaki 12 for £30 from Tesco, now if you can find it it's about £90.
Edited by: "IndianaBlues" 5th Apr
Only spirit distilled in Scotland is whisky .anything else is whiskey
flojo138 m ago

Only spirit distilled in Scotland is whisky .anything else is whiskey


Incorrect
flojo143 m ago

Only spirit distilled in Scotland is whisky .anything else is whiskey


It's quite clearly whisky, what part are you struggling with?
Is this hot because it's a good whisky for £35.90, or hot because it's on-trend Japanese whisky? I suspect the latter.
Japan is know to get food and drinks from other countries and cultures and perfect them to the highest level.
Japanese alcohol is really overpriced in UK
What's it like compared to yamakasi?
1616french16 h, 23 m ago

Japanese Whisky?Whatever next?Irish Sushi


We call it smoked salmon.
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TheSweeney11 h, 32 m ago

What's it like compared to yamakasi?


Chita is lighter and has more of a citrus profile compared to the berry / spice / oak vanilla of Yamazaki.

I find Chita a great first dram in a flight of Whiskies :-)
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tonyspoons13 h, 55 m ago

Is this hot because it's a good whisky for £35.90, or hot because it's …Is this hot because it's a good whisky for £35.90, or hot because it's on-trend Japanese whisky? I suspect the latter.


I think it is an excellent whisky for this price point. Japanese whisky isn't really a trend, the distilleries there have been knocking out quality products for decades now - there is an element of supply and demand which has pushed prices up and some of the whiskies use Mizunara oak casks which are very expensive and difficult to work with.
Thanks orderd
edgeone5 h, 20 m ago

Chita is lighter and has more of a citrus profile compared to the berry / …Chita is lighter and has more of a citrus profile compared to the berry / spice / oak vanilla of Yamazaki.I find Chita a great first dram in a flight of Whiskies :-)



Indeed
edgeone12 h, 12 m ago

I think it is an excellent whisky for this price point. Japanese whisky …I think it is an excellent whisky for this price point. Japanese whisky isn't really a trend, the distilleries there have been knocking out quality products for decades now - there is an element of supply and demand which has pushed prices up and some of the whiskies use Mizunara oak casks which are very expensive and difficult to work with.


I didn't mean it's a trend as in a fad without background or substance, I mean that there is an element of 'coolness' by virtue of it being Japanese Whisky and that will contribute to any heat this gets. I'm sure that there are many better Scotch and Irish Whisk(e)ys that are available for under this price, but they're not as 'trendy'.
tonyspoons5th Apr

Is this hot because it's a good whisky for £35.90, or hot because it's …Is this hot because it's a good whisky for £35.90, or hot because it's on-trend Japanese whisky? I suspect the latter.


I, too suspect the latter. I purchased a bottle regardless out of curiosity to see what all the hype is about Japanese whisky. Guess I'll find out in a few hours... Hope I didn't make a mistake purchasing this over Belvenie.
Excellent price!
That hibiki is lovely! I am very fond of Irish green Spot at the moment.
I got a bottle of this and I don’t consider it worth the price. It’s almost as sweet as Haribo
Alan121125th Apr

You're joking right?


well people drink and love new world wines now these days ...
Whisky so expensive in the UK, this is 25 quid in Japan (for obv reasons cheaper) But then checked an Arran 10 year old 35 quid on UK Amazon, converts in at 27 quid on Japan Amazon.
Might be a nice wee side-line for me sending Scotch back to Scotland.
And yeah whisky is huge over here, there was even a drama about the founding of whisky here qz.com/309…ky/
IndianaBlues5th Apr

Nope the Japanese base their distilling techniques on the Scotch model so …Nope the Japanese base their distilling techniques on the Scotch model so it's whisky... says so on the bottle As for the price, over the past 6 years it's sky- rocketed, both due to it becoming vastly more popular internationally and the Japanese distillers not foreseeing the sudden boom and running out of their aged stock. That's why some of the more popular single malts and age statement blends have been phased out for NAS bottlings. Six or seven years ago you could buy Yamazaki 12 for £30 from Tesco, now if you can find it it's about £90.


Tesco sold Hibiki 12 for £40 before being discontinued. Now rarer than a hen with teeth riding a rocking horse that poos.
Got one bottle as a gift but should of cleared the shelf

The NAS version Hibiki Harmony is selling for £60 so god knows how much the 12 year is worth now.
OOS
gg1pl9 h, 13 m ago

Tesco sold Hibiki 12 for £40 before being discontinued. Now rarer than a …Tesco sold Hibiki 12 for £40 before being discontinued. Now rarer than a hen with teeth riding a rocking horse that poos.Got one bottle as a gift but should of cleared the shelf The NAS version Hibiki Harmony is selling for £60 so god knows how much the 12 year is worth now.


I bought 3 bottles in 2016 for £45 each they are now sitting at £130 which is insane!

I saw it had been discontinued but ended up only drinking one.

I’m sure I read we actually get stung on import tax and they are cheaper in Japan and the US for example.

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Also for anyone that hasn’t Japanese whisky is lovely, only people blinded by “it must be Scotch” would say otherwise and they are wrong anyway!
Edited by: "GLA" 8th Apr
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