Last year, Suntory announced that they will cease production of Hibiki 17 and Hakushu 12. So I immediately went hunting for them and managed to get 2 bottles of the extremely hard to get Hibiki 17!!! Click here to read my article titled Rare Hibiki 17 Yamazaki 12 Hakushu 12 Award Winning Whiskies Are Now Part of My Japanese Whisky Collection in Melbourne.
In the above article, you will be surprised to learn how the Hibiki 17 is packed straight from the factory in a huge box whereby there is only 1 bottle inside! You will also get to see my Yamazaki 12 Years and Hakushu 12 Years plus the prices in Australia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.
The best part is, one of my followers who read the article above immediately contacted his relative in Perth and also managed to get a bottle of Hibiki 17 for under AUD500 🙂
Last week, a follower of mine sent me an article by
For Nikka (click here to another informative article at Nomunication), this includes axing Nikka 12, one of the last budget-friendly aged Japanese whiskies, and ‘temporarily suspending’ two of my personal favourites, the Coffey Grain and Malt whiskies. In this case, the 12 year old will apparently be replaced by a new release, the no age statement (NAS) ‘Tailored’.
Another major whisky brand not very well known outside of Japan, Kirin Gotemba, is also dropping its Fujisanroku Tarujuku 50˚ whisky.
Now, please note, it is stated that the Nikka 12 and Kirin Fujisanroku Tarujuku 50˚ are to be discontinued and not suspended. This means that both these Japanese whiskies will soon be Collectors’ items.
So, being kiasu as usual, I immediately started surfing the internet and found that Nicks Wine Merchant had stock for both the Kirin Fujisanroku Tarujuku 50˚ and Nikka 12!!!
So, I drove to Nicks Wine Merchant to purchase the above mentioned whiskies. Whilst there, I saw the Macallan 12 Years and to my surprise to Sales Rep told me that the Macallan 12 has 2 versions!!!
YES – Nicks Wine Merchant has the original Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years in 40% Alcohol in 700ml bottle (AUD125) or 43% Alcohol in 750ml bottle (AUD135).
I tell you, the reason I started trying out whiskies is because I felt in love with Macallan 12 Years a few years ago when my uncle asked if I wanted to try it at a Chinese restaurant and I found it to be super sweet with the Chinese food. FYI, I’m a Cognac lover.
If you visit Macallan website, you will note that they are only selling the Macallan 12 Years in 70cl and 40% ABV. Therefore the 43% ABV 750ml bottle is no longer available.
So I bought the Macallan 12 Years 43% ABV 750ml bottle for AUD135 because it is now no longer in distribution.
It is getting harder to get the original Sherry Oak Macallan 12 Years in KL and Australia. Yes there are many newer versions such as Double Cask and Triple Cask but they are nothing like the original Macallan Sherry Oak Cask 12 Years. I tell you, if you ever see an original Macallan 12 Years, I suggest that you grab it because soon it will be like Japanese Whisky where original Aged Bottles are harder to come by. HOWEVER, there are many fake Macallan 12 Years in Malaysia too and I recommend that you scrutinize the quality of the printing because the real Macallan’s printing quality is superior and has no “defects” and the “door” is not hanging in the air (you will understand this when you see a fake Macallan)!
Price of Nikka 12 and Kirin Fujisanroku Tarujuku 50˚ in Melbourne Australia
I paid AUD99.99 and AUD250 for the Kirin Fujisanroku Tarujuku 50˚ and The Nikka 12 Years respectively.
So for those of you who reside in Australia, you can also get the above mentioned soon to be Collector Japanese Whisky for the same price because Nicks Wine Merchant ships Australia wide and even won an award for being the Winner of Australia Online Retailer!
Without further ado, I am proud (shiok sendiri) to present to you photos of my new Nikka 12 Years, 4 bottles of the Kirin Fujisanroku Tarujuku 50˚ and a super rare Macallan 12 Years 43% alcohol 750ml bottle 🙂