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In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area

Hi gang,

Happy Holiday season/New Year's to all Hounds out there!

I need to buy Nikka Whisky for a business gift for an associate (any malt, any age will do). Does anyone know where it can be procured? Suntory Whisky clocks in at a distant second choice, but I think I know where I can get that in L.A. As for Nikka, I have no clue...

As always, Thanks in advance!

J.L.

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    1. re: rickym13

      Could be wrong, but pretty sure they don't have it. I've never seen it there at any rate.

      1. re: Joe Blowe

        Thanks! I'll give Wally's a shot!

      2. Vendome Wine & Spirits
        9153 W Olympic Blvd
        Beverly Hills, CA 90212
        (310) 276-9463

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        1. re: RicRios

          Thanks! I'll also take a look!

          1. re: J.L.

            I can promise they wont have it cuz they are no longer there. Wine House is your Huckleberry.

        2. I think the Mitsuwa in Little Tokyo is starting to carry more Japanese whisky now. I believe I saw some Nikka the last time I was there, but I could be wrong. Not sure if it was blended. When you say "any malt", do you mean that either blend or single malt is Ok?

          If you're unable to find what you're looking for locally, I've had good luck with http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ - they carry some Nikka single malts.

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          Little Tokyo Restaurant
          150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

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          1. re: will47

            Sorry, the Mitsuwa in Little Tokyo has been gone for a while and was replaced by some discount outlet. The store in Torrance is still going strong.
            You might check out the Marukai and Nijiya stores if you are in the Gardena/Torrance area.
            http://www.chow.com/lists/72

            Perhaps someone familiar with the West LA / Sawtelle area knows a good source there ...

            1. re: DiveFan

              IIRC Mitsuwa in Little Tokyo was replaced by a Korean Market. I haven't been by in a few months though

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              Little Tokyo Restaurant
              150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

              1. re: DiveFan

                Hold up there Dive Fan. It's worth mentioning that the old Little Tokyo Mitsuwa (now Woori Mart) actually has a much improved Japanese liquor selection, including high-quality shochu. When it was Mitsuwa, the liquor shelf was stagnant for years and most everything they had was terrible. They actually have a buyer thinking about things now and you can get bottles like the Beniotome goma-shochu. And of course you can get every possible iteration of Jin-Ro, if you're tastes lean that way.

                I don't think I've ever seen Nikka there, but plenty of Suntory.

                1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                  I thought I saw at least a blended Nikka there maybe 5-6 months ago, but could be making this up. Will investigate again next time I'm over there.

            2. Unless they have recently begun exporting, I don't believe that Nikka is available in the US.

              The only Japanese whiskies available for sale in the US that I know of are all made by Suntory:

              Yamazaki 12
              Yamazaki 18
              Yamazaki 1984
              Hibiki (blend)

              UPDATE: I posted this before seeing Joe Blowe's post about Wally's. I guess they have started to export some, but ouch, pricey!

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              1. re: sku

                Yeah, that's too much for my tastes. I thought the kicker was that it could only be imported if it was a 750mL bottle and not a 700? A stupid rule but that's what I was told on this site when an article about Japanese whisky appeared here. Perhaps an updated rule if Wally's obtains it.

                I'm so glad I pounced on getting Suntory 18 for $80 at the Beverage Warehouse three years ago. It's $100 there now and $130 at Mitsuwa. I'm feeling pretty positive Nijiya and Marukai won't be of any help with Nikka, but I haven't been in town since Labor Day.

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                Beverage Warehouse
                4935 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                1. re: nakni

                  The 750 rule is still the rule. It's part of the US regs. There has been a discussion of relaxing it, but I'm not aware of any regulatory change. Perhaps Wally's got their hands on a Japanese supplier and isn't exactly familiar with the regs. Who knows.

              2. J.L. - I know this is an old thread - but did you ever find any Nikka Whisky?

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                  1. re: Servorg

                    man how much is that in japan? pricey!

                    1. re: ns1

                      If you factor in the cost of the airline ticket the price here isn't all that bad...

                      1. re: Servorg

                        I might be going to japan. Might have to look at whisky at the duty free or something.

                      2. re: ns1

                        got the 15 year nikka yoichi for about $60 in japan last year. this was the best bargain. the yamazaki and suntory ones were at a slight discount, but not a bargain 50% off.

                        1. re: ns1

                          The bottle of yoichi 15 was < $70 from the Narita duty fee. Not as unique as the Miyakigyo (not avail at airport duty free), but certainly way better than the Nikka coffee shit everyone's carrying right now.

                          1. re: TonyC

                            I thought it was the 21 year old, Taketsuru that was tough to come by? I think the Miyagikyo can be found here in the US (at least Wally's has it http://www.wallywine.com/search.aspx?... ).

                            ADD: I take it back, Wally's has the 21 year old version as well http://www.wallywine.com/p-97293-nikk... and you can see their full line of Nikka whiskey here (except for the 15 year old that is linked above) http://www.wallywine.com/m-5406-nikka...

                            1. re: Servorg

                              K&L has Wally's beat on price by a wide margin:

                              http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?Nr...

                              As an aside, in Japan duty free the Nikka tends to be a much better bargain that the Suntory.

                    2. I've seen Yamazaki at Total Wine in several stores in the OC.

                      1. Check the Wine House in W. LA. If they have it, will be much more reasonable than Wally's.

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                        1. re: Thor123

                          They show zero matches on the website search function.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Total Wine seems to have the best prices of late.

                              Picked up some Nikka 18, Aberlour A'bunadh, Belvenie Sherry Cask 15 and Balcones single malt from them recently; prices were better than WHWC and K&L.

                              On the other hand K&L seems to have the widest selection.. any other favorite whisky retailers?