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World's largest Japanese whisky collection comes to Edinburgh in first tour of its kind

A team of London-based whisky experts are set to bring a selection of Japanese whiskies from the world’s largest collection to Edinburgh this month. 

Published: November 20, 2018
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Xavier Landais is sending his team of bartenders to Bon Vivant on 29th November, with 36 whiskies from the collection - of 415 originally housed at London bar SexyFish - offering people the chance to enjoy single-serves and a short cocktail menu.

The group of drinks experts will be on hand at the bar to share their vast knowledge on Japanese whisky, whilst providing carefully crafted Japanese whisky cocktails including Old Passioned (Nikka Coffey Malt), Scot Free (Yamazaki Distillers Reserve) and a Royal Redux (Nikka from the Barrel).

The collection, which features the full Yamazaki 2013 Cask collection and the popular White Kakubin, began in 2009, and includes rare, ghost and discontinued bottles.

In the past three years it has grown from 132 lines to 415, through years of hunting down Japanese whiskies from Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Sheffield.

Ladislav Piljar, who helped to build the rare set with Xavier at Bam-Bou, London, will be reunited with some of these special bottles, and will be down at Bon Vivant on the 29th.

Every bottle will be available to try by the dram, with 20 per cent discounted across the whole range and prices ranging from £8 up to £160 for a 25ml serve.

Having already travelled to Birmingham and Manchester, serving a selection of the collection to a fully booked crowd of whisky enthusiasts, Xavier Landais is sending bar manager from Sexy Fish, Jérôme Allaguillemette, along with Tom Kapanadze and Daniele Terragnolo, to serve drinks.

Xavier Landais said: “Over the years many people have expressed their passion for Japanese Whisky and how they could only dream of trying some of the collection we have amassed over the years.

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"Well we heard them, and we are incredibly excited to be bringing this eccentric tour to whisky lovers across the UK. This is technically the second largest collection in the UK and is not to be missed.”

The team will be at Bon Vivant from 5pm on Thursday, 29th November. Please get in touch directly with Bon Vivant for booking enquiries.

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Full list of whiskies below:

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Nikka Yoichi 15yo 45% £30

Nikka Yoichi 20yo 52% £40


Miyagikyo 12yo 45% £14

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Miyagikyo 13yo 1999 Hogshead 61% £26.1


Nikka Coffey Grain 11yo 2000 63% £70


Nikka Pure Malt White 43% £14

Nikka Black 8yo 40% £10

Nikka Gold & Gold Samurai Decanter 43% £20

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 21yo Madeira Cask Finish 46% £34


Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 48.2% £18

Yamazaki Puncheon 2013 48% £26.1

Yamazaki Mizunara 2013 48% £72

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 48% £140

Yamazaki 1993 Yokohama Port 150th Anniversary 53% £44


Hakushu Sherry Cask 2012 48% £44

Hakushu 25yo 43% £44


Hibiki 17yo 43% £14

Hibiki 1980’s 43% £30

Hibiki 30yo 43% £60

Hakushu Hokuto 12yo 40% £12

Old Whisky Joetsu Shinkansen 43% £12

Suntory Pure Malt 2000 Millennium Decanter 43% £20


Chichibu IPA Cask Finish 2017 57.9% £20

Chichibu London Edition 2018 56.5% £24

Chichibu Chibidaru 3yo 2009 53.5% £28


Mars Twin Alps 40% £7.2

Mars Burn the Barrel 40% £10

Mars Komokatage Bartender’s Project 43% £14


Akashi 5yo Spanish Oak Sherry Cask 50% £12


Japanese Blended Whisky #1 21yo 47.5% £24


Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 1999-2000 46% £40

Karuizawa Geisha 22yo 1990 First Fill Sherry Cask 56.1% £60

Ghost Series 7: Time Slip. 30yo Karuizawa & 45yo Kawasaki 43% £140


Hanyu 16yo 2000 Bourbon Barrel Cask 56.1% £28

Hanyu Card Series 21yo 6 of Hearts 57.9% £60


Kawasaki 33yo 1976 Sherry Butt 65.6% £160


Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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