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12 Oct 2010

Hanyu 1988 Noh (cask #9306)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Japan

The Japanese Hanyu distillery is no longer operational. In the 1980’s they had some financial problems and the distillery was closed in 2000. Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the distillery founder, bought 400 casks of Hanyu Hanyu Big Butt - Full Proofwhisky that are now being sold, most of them in the Ichiro’s Malts series in which every bottle is named after a playing card (Three of Diamonds, Ace of Spades…). Akuto also started a new distillery: Chichibu.

This sherry butt was bottled by No.1 Drinks in their Noh series – in two parts. A smaller part (200 bottles) had already been bottled for Full Proof Europe in Holland featuring… well… another type of butt on the label. Sister casks #9305 and #9307 have also been bottled for Full Proof.



Hanyu 1988 Noh 9306 Hanyu 21 yo 1988 (55,6%, No.1 Drinks 2009, sherry butt #9306, 625 btl.)

Nose: spicy notes to start with: Christmas cake, a bit of menthol and other medicinal things, a bit of incense. Deep fruity notes as well: cherries, plums, raisins. Hints of smoked meat (cecina). Also a few whiffs of matchsticks but much less than comparable Karuizawa bottlings for example. Some resinous notes and roasted almonds as well. Quite complex. Mouth: intense with typical dried fruits, sultanas and lots of tobacco. Black cherries. Cinnamon and ginger. Liquorice. Certainly woody, but not too dry. A little chilli pepper. Finish: long and peppery with a dry herbal touch.

An impressive Hanyu, showing a large range of intense flavours while at the same time remaining very drinkable. Around € 160.

Score: 90/100

Hanyu 1988 Noh (cask #9306) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-10-12
  • Larry

    The Hanyu Cask #9306 Noh bottle displays 55.6% A/V whereas the Hanyu Cask #9306 Full Proof Europe bottle displays 55% A/V. How can the same cask have two different A/V levels? Or, is this a labeling error?

  • Ruben

    They were bottled at different moments in time, so it’s possible to have small fluctuations.

  • Thomas

    There must have been a big cask – 200 bottles for the
    Full Proof release and 625 bottles for the Noh release
    is this possible or does anyone have an answer?

  • Ruben

    There are “receiving butts” with a standard size of +/- 500 litres and “bodega butts” or “gordas” of up to 600-670 litres. While the former is more common, I guess it could have been the latter.



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