[Available at duty free stores only] Yamazaki Smokey Batch The First Hakushu Japan’s Forest Bittersweet Edition is now on sale

New Release
New Release
Yamazaki DistilleryHakushu Distillery

Limited quantities of “YAMAZAKI SMOKY BATCH The First” and “Hakushu Japanese Forest BITTER SWEET EDITION” available at duty free stores in Japan

We have obtained information on a new Suntory whisky product that has been on sale exclusively at duty free stores in Japan since September 27.
Product information and where can I buy it? We will tell you how to buy it at duty free stores.



Suggested retail price18,000 yen (duty free)
Alcohol content43%
Flavor CharacteristicsYamazaki’s typical matured and harmonious taste is different from the usual product.
It has a soft smoky taste that is uniquely Japanese.


Suggested retail price18,000 yen (duty free)
Alcohol content43%
Flavor Characteristics

Color: Reddish amber
Aroma: Sweet and complex, yet light
Manuka honey, orange marmalade, cocoa
Aftertaste: A pleasantly lingering taste of espresso-like moderate bitterness
Blended only with Hakushu whisky aged in Spanish oak barrels.

3. How to purchase

Currently, there is very little information available, so we can only give you tentative information, but if you are planning to go abroad for the holiday season, you may want to take a look at duty free stores.
For your information, Duty Free Shops in the airline duty free stores are open to residents of Japan who will be traveling abroad within 60 days.


[Places that sell or may sell]

Duty free stores in airports throughout Japan.

[Airport Duty Free Shops]

“Lotte Duty Free (Tokyu Plaza Ginza 8th and 9th floors)” “Japan Duty Free GINZA (Ginza Mitsukoshi 8th floor)”
[Conditions for purchase at airport duty free stores (Duty Free)]

Applicable to passengers departing from Haneda/Narita airports within 60 days.
・[Passport and ticket] are required at the time of purchase.
・Purchased goods are handed over at the dedicated delivery area in the restricted area of the airport upon departure from Japan.
*Some items may be lottery items.


[Points to note regarding duty free liquid items]

Liquid duty-free items purchased at duty-free stores at the departure airport may be carried on board.
However, if you are taking a connecting flight, you need to be careful because they may be confiscated depending on the rules of the connecting country.
Liquid duty-free items may be allowed if they are in a sealed plastic bag, unopened, and have a receipt in the bag to prove purchase.
To avoid such problems, duty-free stores will pack the goods in advance, so it may be a good idea to ask them when you make your purchase.


For other basic information about Suntory HD, Yamazaki Distillery and Hakushu Distillery, click here.




4. Finally

This is a product that became an instant hit on some X (formerly Twitter), but will it ever be in the hands of the general public? I understand that it is necessary to develop products with an eye on overseas markets, such as the blended Scotch whisky “ARDRAY,” which was recently released only overseas, but I still think that we Japanese will miss it.
We look forward to one day being able to encounter them in stores, at bars, or anywhere else.

Misato Ushiwata

Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
She attended a university in Tokyo, where she studied brewing and other sciences while translating articles for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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