NAGAOKA! how do u know this nothing town?
islay peat, i'm in nagaoka! yeah, the 180 ml (and 50 ml) bottles are the way to check out a few new expressions--including hibiki (12 and) 17, as well as the ones you mentioned. well played! all the ones you noted are indeed available in this neck of the woods--but the nikka pure malt series (black, white, and red) is not... might eventually break down and buy online (white and black, not red)...
thanks again for the useful input--and stay in touch!