Friday, November 9, 2007

Japanese whisky importers and distributors

Update: I apologise for bringing this crushingly dull post to the top again but there are some important additions to the Ichiro's Malt and Karuizawa sections.
This page lists all the distributors of Japanese whisky I come across. Please send details of importers and distributors to japanesewhisky at gmail.com.

There is a lot of innovation among European importers at the moment, allowing Japanese whisky unprecedented access. Two companies that are at the centre of this activity are La Maison du Whisky in Paris and The Number One Drinks Company in the UK. They are building up distribution networks across Europe that are allowing more and more people to try quality Japanese whiskies (see their entries in the listings below for more details).

Come on America! You are lagging. All this activity in Europe and very little in the US. It is not as if there isn't any demand: more than a third of people coming to Nonjatta searching for Japanese whisky come from the Americas.

Anyway, on with the list:
Nikka whisky distributors

Europe


ANDORRA
CAVA BENITO
avenida Carlemany 82
Andorra La Vella
T. : +376 820 469
F. : +376 827 939
www.cavabenitowhisky.com
cavabenitowhisky@andorra.ad

BELGIUM
MAISON CORMAN
rue de Xheunemont 1A
B 4651 Battice
T. : +32 087 67 42 96
F. : +32 087 66 07 69
www.corman-collins.be
info@corman-collins.be

DENMARK
MAC Y AS
Søndergade 52
Fredericks
DK 7470 Karup J
T. : +45 8688 1998
F. : +45 8688 1966
www.macy.dk
whisky@macy.dk

ESPAÑA
CENTRAL HISUMER
Ctra. Hurchillo - Km 1
03300 Orihuela
T. : + 34 965 302 340
F. : +34 966 741 176
www.hisumer.com
marketing@hisumer.com

FRANCE
LA MAISON DU WHISKY
15 17 rue Fournier
92110 Clichy
T. : +33 1 47 30 71 90
F. : +33 1 47 30 71 91
www.whisky.fr (This is also an online shop)
info@whisky.fr
La Maison Du Whisky is a real innovator in the whisky world. It belongs to the Benitah family and has been importing and distributing single malts in France for more than half a century. Their shop in Paris was established back in 1958 and they have outlets in Singapore and the island of La Réunion. They publish the French edition of Whisky Magazine and organise Whisky Live Paris. A short time ago they took over representation of Nikka whisky in Europe, when the Japanese company shut down its own representation in England. They also distribute Suntory (Yamazaki distillery, Hakushu distillery and the Hibiki blend) as well as the Ichiro`s malt range (Hanyu distillery) in France (see separate listings below).

FINLAND
SERVAALI OY
Honkanummentie 3B
FI 01260 Vantaa
T. : +358 09 4542 350
F. : +358 09 4542 351
www.servaali.fi
mynnti@servaali.fi

GERMANY
DIETER KIRSCH
Schnepker Straße 32
D 28857 Syke Schnepke
T. : +49 4242 1537
T. : +49 4242 4338

GREECE
OENOCOSMOS MEPE
5 Orlof str.
GR 11741 Athens
T. : +30 210 921 2205
F. : +30 210 921 2395
www.oenocosmos.gr
info@kylix.gr

ITALIA
PREMIUM BRANDS
Via Buenos Aires 3
IT 14053 Canelli
T. : +39 141 827 600
F. : +39 141 827 630

PORTUGAL
A SILVA LEAL LTA
rue D Jeronimo Osorio 7B
1400 119 Lisboa

SWITZERLAND
WORLD OF WHISKIES
Walhaus Am See
CH 7500 Saint Moritz
T. : +41 8183 66 000
F. : +41 8183 66 060

SWEDEN
MAXXIUM
Luntmakargatan 46
S 10247 Stockholm
T. : +46 08 440 46 30
T. : +46 08 20 87 80
www.maxxium.com
info.sweden@maxxium.com

UNITED KINGDOM
EAUX DE VIE
3 Harcourt Street
W1H 4EY London
T. : +44 2077 245 009
F. : +44 2077 237 053

Suntory whisky distributors

Europe
FRANCE
LA MAISON DU WHISKY
15 17 rue Fournier
92110 Clichy
T. : +33 1 47 30 71 90
F. : +33 1 47 30 71 91
www.whisky.fr (This is also an online shop)
info@whisky.fr
See the Nikka listing above for more detials on La Maison

Karuizawa Whisky distributors

Europe

UNITED KINGDOM
NUMBER ONE DRINKS COMPANY LTD
3 The Studio, Netherconesford, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PW
United Kingdom
UK office
01603 631108
info@onedrinks.co.uk
Japan Office
0080 3 5772 2672
tokyo@onedrinks.co.uk
www.onedrinks.co.uk
The Number One Drinks Company is, along with La Maison du Whisky in Paris, one of the two most significant Japanese whisky importers in Europe. While La Maison has its Nikka connection, the Number One Drinks Company has a strong relationship with both the Karuizawa and Ichiro's Malt companies. It also does its own bottlings. It is run by Marcin Miller, the guy who set up Whisky Magazine, and David Croll, who publishes the Japanese edition of Whisky Magazine. Marcin runs the British end, while David is based in Japan. The company is represented in the on-trade by Gary Hazell whose email is gary@onedrinks.co.uk. They distribute to The Nectar (Belgium), Qualityworld (Denmark), La Maison du Whisky (France), Spirits AS (Norway), Whisky4u (Sweden) and, in the UK, to Berry Bros & Rudd, Drinkshop.com, Royal Mile Whiskies and The Whisky Exchange.

BELGIUM
THE NECTAR
Jan Broekmans
Molenstraat 19
B3550 Zolder
0475 784387
jan@thenectar.be
www.thenectar.be

DENMARK
QUALITYWORLD
Virkeholm 3C
Herlev
1. 2730
Denmark
Tel:+45 4485 1485
Fax:+45 4485 1484
www.qualityworld.dk
info@qualityworld.dk

FRANCE
LA MAISON DU WHISKY
15 17 rue Fournier
92110 Clichy
T. : +33 1 47 30 71 90
F. : +33 1 47 30 71 91
www.whisky.fr (This is also an online shop)
info@whisky.fr
See the Nikka listing above for more details on La Maison du Whisky.

NORWAY
SPIRITS AS
Billingstadsletta 14,
PB 102,
N-1376 Billingstad,
Norway
Tel: +47 66 77 68 99
Fax: +47 66 77 68 96
mail@spirits.no
spirits.no

SWEDEN
WHISKY4U
Björnhovda 120
386 96 Farjestaden
Sweden
Sales Manager: Benny Sundberg
Contact form
Whisky4u.se

Ichiro's Malt Whisky (Hanyu distillery) distributors
Europe

FRANCE
LA MAISON DU WHISKY
15 17 rue Fournier
92110 Clichy
T. : +33 1 47 30 71 90
F. : +33 1 47 30 71 91
www.whisky.fr (This is also an online shop)
info@whisky.fr
See the Nikka listing above for more details on La Maison du Whisky.

UNITED KINGDOM
NUMBER ONE DRINKS COMPANY LTD
3 The Studio, Netherconesford, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PW
United Kingdom
UK office
01603 631108
info@onedrinks.co.uk
Japan Office
0080 3 5772 2672
tokyo@onedrinks.co.uk
www.onedrinks.co.uk
See the Karuizawa listing above for details on The Number One Drinks Company.

BELGIUM
THE NECTAR
Jan Broekmans
Molenstraat 19
B3550 Zolder
0475 784387
jan@thenectar.be
www.thenectar.be

DENMARK
QUALITYWORLD
Virkeholm 3C
Herlev
1. 2730
Denmark
Tel:+45 4485 1485
Fax:+45 4485 1484
www.qualityworld.dk
info@qualityworld.dk

FRANCE
LA MAISON DU WHISKY
15 17 rue Fournier
92110 Clichy
T. : +33 1 47 30 71 90
F. : +33 1 47 30 71 91
www.whisky.fr (This is also an online shop)
info@whisky.fr
See the Nikka listing above for more details on La Maison.

NORWAY
SPIRITS AS
Billingstadsletta 14,
PB 102,
N-1376 Billingstad,
Norway
Tel: +47 66 77 68 99
Fax: +47 66 77 68 96
mail@spirits.no
spirits.no

SWEDEN
WHISKY4U
Björnhovda 120
386 96 Farjestaden
Sweden
Sales Manager: Benny Sundberg
Contact form
Whisky4u.se

11 comments:

Anton said...

I was actually thinking about posting a comment asking this very question. Unfortunately, you left out American importers. Do you know of any?

Daniel said...

Hey Chris,

I'll email my former employer in the states. He owns that fine wine and liquor shop I mentioned, so he knows and/or can find all the details about US importers. (And his name is also Anton. I was shocked to see that on the comment above. (^_^))

I did some quick J-malt reconnaissance today. Ones I came across that I don't see on the site:
Hokuto 12 Pure Malt
Taketsuru 17 Pure Malt
Golden Horse "Chichibu" 8
Togouchi 18
Nikka "Tsuru" (the Aladdin white porcelain bottle)

Do you know anything about the last 3?

I also found the Yoichi "No-Year" which I hadn't ever noticed before. That's demanding a try now.

LM was closed today, so I'll check it out tomorrow. BTW, besides having the cheapest pricest I've found anywhere thus far, they also have point cards. They give the typical 1%, but every month they have days for 3% off, Double Points, and 5% off Wine. I'll be doing my monthly stock up next week.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow! Have you seen these insane bottle collection sites yet?! They make great reference sites.

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/miniature/smallworld/NewGalle.htm

And his links at the bottom to two more.

Nonjatta said...

The most intriguing link on that miniature site is the Korean whiskies. Is there a whole hidden world of Korean whisky, I ask myself?

Nonjatta said...

The Hokuto and the Taketsuru and the Tsuru are pure malts rather than single malts, so I have put those on the back burner for now. I have tried the Hokuto and referred to it in the Taketsuru 12 post, if I rememember rightly. Quite nice. The Chichibu sounds interesting and what is the Togouchi 18. That is new on me.

Daniel said...

I found the Hokuto reference. Just didn't see it listed in the side bar. The Takesturu 17 might be worth a try to redeem the name from the "frying pan 12."

I'll pick up the Chichibu and the Togouchi and do some writeups for you. I'm also curious about the Tsuru because of the wacky bottle, and even wackier price (~10-11man around here). I'll wait on that...

Dr. Whisky said...

Great post, Chris. This site is becoming more and more of an invaluable resource. Nice work.

stonz said...

there's a singapore branch of la maison du whisky. http://whisky.sg

Alan said...

Dear Chris,

I live in Hong Kong and would like to buy some more Japanese Whiskies, but the only ones I can find over here are:

Suntory Hibiki 17 yo, Yamasaki 12 yo, Hakushu 12 yo.

Do you know any importers and distributors in Hong Kong, or any good stores in Japan who can directly export to me? I can clear the custom for them and I only need a few bottles.

Best Regards,
Alan

Mike said...

Hello,
I am looking for Japanese Whisky
in the United States. I Have five
retail liquor stores in the Caribbean and would like to add some of the finer Japanese whisky to our inventory. Would anyone have
a contact for a bonded supplier in Southern Florida as this is where many products for export are sourced.

Nonjatta said...

I am afraid I do not know of a supplier in that area. In fact, the US in general seems to have very supply at the moment. If you find out any suppliers then please let me know. Good luck.