Hanyu, Ichiro’s Malt: The Game

Ichiro's Malt: The Game
I know almost nothing about Hanyu, the closed Japanese distillery. My understanding is that this is in a series of malts released by Ichiro Akuto, the scion of the family that owned Hanyu, after the closure of the distillery. Akuto is now the proprietor of the young distillery Chichibu, of which I have heard good reports. There have been a number of releases in the “The Game” series; this is, I believe, the first. The labels in the Ichiro’s Malts series have striking designs, mostly based on playing cards (though none are quite as striking as some of the other labels I’ve seen on Hanyu bottles, one of which may make an appearance in the weeks ahead).

Hanyu, 9, 2000, “Ichiro’s Malt: The Game” (61.2%; from a sample received in a swap)

As per the excellent Japanese Whisky Review, this was bottled for Shinanoya in Japan and is a vatting of whisky matured in American white oak and refill bourbon casks. Continue reading