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Hanyu

The history of the Japanese whisky Hanyu dates back to the 1600s, with the Akuto family producing sake in the town of Chichibu. Many years later, in 1941, the company built a factory in Hanyu and received their licence to produce alcohol in 1946, under the eyes of Isouji Akuto. It was here that they started to produce whisky in the 1980s, and in the 1990s they released a single malt whisky. Sadly, production stopped in 2000 (coincidentally close to the time when Karuizawa, another renowned Japanese distillery stopped production too), and was finally closed in 2004.

However, the story of Hanyu doesn’t stop there. While much of the distillery was dismantled, Ichiro Akuto (Isouji’s grandson) managed to purchase the remaining stocks of Hanyu whisky and currently sells these through his own brand, Ichiro.

Ichiro's Malt The Game Hanyu - 3rd Edition

70cl, 57.5%

A rare bottling of Hanyu single malt Japanese whisky, bottled as part of the Ichiro's Mat series. This 3rd edition bottling of The Game was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2012 with an outturn of…  More info

Ichiro's Malt The Game Hanyu - 3rd Edition
$3,107.48

Hanyu 1990 (bottled 2007) (cask 9511)

70cl, 55.5%

A rare bottling of single malt whisky from Japan's Hanyu distillery, which sadly closed in the early 2000s. This particular bottling was distilled in 1990 and aged in a bourbon hogshead. Following a…  More info

Hanyu 1990 (bottled 2007) (cask 9511)

Hanyu 2000 (cask 921) (bottled 2014)

70cl, 57.6%

A rare bottling of legendary Hanyu single malt from the final vintage! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get in touch!  More info

Hanyu 2000 (cask 921) (bottled 2014)

Hanyu 1990 "The Wave" Cask 9305

70cl, 53%

A very rare bottling of single cask Hanyu, this was bottled from cask 9305, and there are just 200 bottles, all at natural cask strength. Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded it a very impressive 91…  More info

Hanyu 1990

Hanyu 1988 "Big Butt" Cask 9306

70cl, 55%

A release of 200 numbered bottles from cask 9306. Distilled at Hanyu in 1988 and bottled in 2009. Very buttery and rich whisky, plus, let's face it, the label is quite funny!  More info

Hanyu 1988

Noh Hanyu 21 Year Old 1988 Cask 9306

70cl, 55.6%

A very special Hanyu bottled by Number One Drinks. This was distilled in 1988, aged for 21 years in Spanish Oak Sherry Butt number 9306 before bottling in 2009. A release of 625 bottles. This has one…  More info

Noh Hanyu 21 Year Old 1988 Cask 9306

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

70cl, 53.4%

An incredible single cask from the Hanyu distillery, aged for 19 years. This was hogshead matured and finished in a top quality Spanish Sherry Butt (the Japanese are sticklers for great oak!). A…  More info

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

70cl, 57.3%

A single cask from the Hanyu distillery in South Japan. Distilled in 1991, matured in a hogshead and finished in Japanese oak before bottling 2009. An outturn of 361 bottles.  More info

Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

Hanyu 1988 "Nice Butt" Cask 9307

70cl, 55%

Yes, this whisky genuinely is called "Nice Butt". There's really not much else to say (all the whiskies in this range seem to have very suggestive labels!). Other than the fact this is a super rare…  More info

Hanyu 1988

Hanyu 2000 (cask 531)

70cl, 58.5%

Bottlings of Hanyu single malt are incredibly rare indeed, as they only produced whisky from the 1980s to 2000 when the distillery closed. This particularly handsome bottling was distilled in 2000…  More info

Hanyu 2000 (cask 531)

Hanyu 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 362)

70cl, 56.1%

A collectible bottling of Japanese single malt from the Hanyu distillery, which was distilled back in 2000 and allowed to mature in a single cask until 2016. 2000 was the last year in which Hanyu…  More info

Hanyu 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 362)
$2,137.73

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