Chichibu Refill Hanyu Cask 2012 Single Malt Whisky


A blend of three hogsheads distilled in 2011 produced with a variety of barley known as Tipple and two ex-wine casks, one distilled in 2012 and the other in 2009, produced from the barley variety Braemar, this small batch Chichibu highlights the research, careful selection and talent of master blender Ichiro Akuto. With remarkable freshness and rich expression, it stages a whole raft of fruits each more different from the next. Full of exuberance, each sequence in the palette of flavours and aromas has no qualms about smashing through the barriers supposed to mark out its borders, even flirting at times with peat


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.


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