Hanyu The final Vintage Cask 6093 59% 2000
|Serie||Ichiro's Malt The final Vintage of Hanyu|
A special release from Ichiro Akuto - a single cask bottling of whisky
from the final year of Hanyu distiller`s operation. About 10-years-old
and bottled at cask strength without colouring or chill-filtration. A
little slice of distilling history.
Serge Valentin (84)
Indeed, 2000 was Hanyu’s last vintage. Colour: gold. Nose: hold on, there are many similarities! Indeed we’re well in the same family, this one’s another clean and fresh whisky, with again some oranges and huge whiffs of blossom. Orange blossom indeed, then rather honeysuckle. In the background, a little leather and tobacco. Really lovely. With water: a meaty, almost truffle-y side comes out. Also cigarette tobacco. Mouth (neat): huge, spicy and herbal, very ‘Japanese’ in the sense that you feel incense, cedar wood, even powdered green tea, then cough drops, menthol and lastly, roasted chestnuts. I’m not saying roasted chestnuts are very Japanese… With water: same, more or less. Added touches of coconut and pineapples, perhaps. Finish: long, and quite ‘tropical’. Oak-aged pina colada? Comments: a very talkative malt, rather unusual and hard to rate. Not too sure about my score, so… Please just don’t read it.