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Tokiwa Imports


Premier Importer of family owned Japanese Whisky 

and other select Japanese Alcohol

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Tokiwa Imports


Premier Importer of family owned Japanese Whisky 

and other select Japanese Alcohol

ABout Us

Tokiwa Masamune was the name of Yuno Hayashi's family's sake brewery in the historic Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan. The brewery closed during the war but her grandfather's love of drink and food is what brought her to this world of whisky and sake.

It is that legacy that lives on in  Tokiwa Imports sourcing the finest family owned whisky and sake from Japan.

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White Oak


Japan's First Whisky License - 1919

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White Oak


Japan's First Whisky License - 1919

 
 

Only a stone's throw from Kobe Bay sits the closest whisky distillery to the any coast in Japan, the maritime air is reflected in the malt.

Akashi is named after its hometown -- translated as the “Sun Rise City” -- where the owner’s family has been making alcohol for over 300 years.
While White Oak holds Japan’s first whisky license, issued in 1919, serious malt production did not begin until 1984, when the current copper pot stills were put into action and a focus on premium whiskies began. Founded in 1888 on the site of Eigashima in the city. 

AKASHI SINGLE MALT
A unique blend, of sherry, brandy, bourbon, wine, American oak and even ex-shochu barrels allows for uniquely Japanese Single Malt.
TASTING NOTES: Smooth with lots of yellow apple, powder sugar, angelica fruits with hints of sea air. 

AKASHI WHISKY 
This is whisky blended in the scotch tradition, with Japanese precision, the malt is lightly peated, and vatting is mostly ex-bourbon, balanced by White Oak’s unique variety of barrels. 
TASTING NOTES: The nose is very fruity with apricots and dried fruits, and a shy note of honey.

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Mars Shinshu


Japan's Highest Distillery at 798 meters

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Mars Shinshu


Japan's Highest Distillery at 798 meters

 
 

Situated between the north and south Japanese alps, Mars Shinshu is Japan’s highest whisky distillery, at nearly 800 meters. The Hombo family have been distilling for more than a century and they added whisky to their repertoire in 1949 in Kagoshima. That was the southernmost whisky made in Japan until 1984, when all whisky production was moved to the current location in Nagano. 

IWAI WHISKY 
Kiichiro Iwai, the name sake for this Mars Whisky, was a silent pioneer of Japan whisky. This whisky is inspired by great whiskies of America. A majority of corn balanced with light malt aged in ex bourbon barrels. Ideal for daily sipping, in a mint julep or an old fashioned. 
TASTING NOTES: Sweet with fruit flavors like pear, quince and hints of red fruits and vanilla.

IWAI TRADITION
This is malt driven spirit is truly a reflection of contemporary Japanese whisky. Incredibly balanced, soft and layered. A blending of sherry, bourbon and wine casks with hints delicate hints of peat make for a harmonious whisky that would make Iwai-san proud.
TASTING NOTES: Ripe Cherry, honey toffee with a beautiful ginger spice. 

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Chichibu Distillery


Japan's newest whisky distillery

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Chichibu Distillery


Japan's newest whisky distillery

 
 

Started in 2008 helmed by the whisky’s namesake Ichiro Akuto. The Akuto family have been making alcohol in Saitama for over 300 years. Ichiro’s grandfather started making whisky soon after the war in the 1940’s at Hanyu Distillery not until the 1980s did production focus on malt whisky’s. The slowdown of Japan’s economy in the 90s ultimately lead to the closing of Hanyu in 2000. Ichiro rallied in 2008 and is truly a 21st century whisky maker embracing the heritage and heart of the Scotts balanced by the precision of the Japanese. 

THE FLOOR MALTED, NAS 58.5% ABV
Distilled from barley floor malted by Akuto and his teams near annual trips to England Learning and constantly improving upon the art of floor-malting, aged 3-6 years in bourbon barrels. Bottle in January 2106.

TASTING NOTES: 
Nose: honeysuckle, kiwi, vanilla cedar and citrus
Palate: creamy, tobacco, anise peach and spice
Finish: lingering vanilla and autumn spice

ICHIRO’S MALT AND GRAIN, NAS 46.5% ABV  
In Ichiro’s words “An all world whisky” the key malt is Ichiro’s Malt, with his selection of Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American Whiskey aged in country 3-5 years and aged on sight in Chichibu an additional 1-3 years. Ichiro’s Malt and Grain is blended to balance a heart of Japanese whisky complimented by the major whiskies  of the world.

TASTING NOTES
Nose: apricot, popcorn toffee, vanilla cream, meyer lemon zest
Palate: light texture notes of toffee roasted chestnut gingerbread, vanilla and black pepper
Finish: medium-long with honey and black pepper 

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Map


Definitive Map of Japanese Whisky Distilleries

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Map


Definitive Map of Japanese Whisky Distilleries

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History


A Century of Whisky

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History


A Century of Whisky