In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area
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!
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:
UPDATE: I posted this before seeing Joe Blowe's post about Wally's. I guess they have started to export some, but ouch, pricey!
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.
4935 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066
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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150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
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.
Perhaps someone familiar with the West LA / Sawtelle area knows a good source there ...
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.