Hanyu 1990 Ichiros Single Malt Card Series Queen of Spades


A bottle of Ichiro’s Malt Queen of Spades, a 1990 vintage whisky from the now-closed Hanyu distillery. This was bottled in 2009 for the Card series after maturing in two different cask types – a hogshead and a port pipe.


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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