Category Archives: Hanyu Playing Cards

Where To Drink Japanese Whisky When You’re Not In Japan

It’s fairly obvious that the best place to drink Japanese whisky is in Japan, whether you’re at The Door in Kyoto, or Zoetrope in the Nishi-Shinjuku area of Tokyo, or the tasting room at the Yamazaki distillery, to name just three.  But what about Japanese whisky aficionados who don’t happen to live there, and can’t […]

Japanese Whisky Trends at The Whisky Show 2017

Over the weekend, one of biggest, most popular whisky events of the year took place in London: The Whisky Show 2017. dekantā was, of course, in attendance, and we’re here to give all those who couldn’t make it an inside look at the event. Now in its ninth year, the event took place in Old […]

Ichiro’s Malt Card Series – A Collector’s Dream

Several Japanese whisky distilleries have produced legendary lines of whisky bottles, and Ichiro’s Malt Card Series is one of them. Just like a deck of playing cards, this unique collection features 54 bottles that represent each card in a deck. Each vintage bottle has its own original card label, but not only that – they […]

Japanese Whisky Investing

Whisky is a fascinating drink; in our view, far more fascinating than wine, vodka, brandy, beer, or any other drink. Don’t believe us? Google it! You will find far more quotations about whisky from some of history’s greatest authors and thinkers than you will ever find on any other alcoholic beverages. Those who know the […]

New offerings from Ichiro

You’ve heard about Ichiro Akuto, right? If you haven’t, it’s about time you did! He is a rock star of the Japanese whisky world, and his family have been in the alcoholic brewage making industry since the 1600s. Ichiro’s father ran the Hanyu distillery and began experimenting with whisky making, until his unfortunate bankruptcy. Ichiro […]

Bartenders choice: Ichiro’s Malt

One famous Japanese whisky I have not talked about so far is Ichiro’s Malt, the famous whisky from Venture Whisky owned by the charismatic Ichiro Akuto. Ichiro’s Malt is very popular overseas, but it is also popular among Japanese whisky fans. It can be a bit difficult for bartenders to evaluate this whisky, while some […]

Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Two of Spades

Ichiro’s Malt in high demand

Bonhams Hong Kong recently released a new catalog for its upcoming auction on August 28. There will be a selection of rare Japanese whisky; most notable perhaps is the entire collection of Ichiro’s Malt Card Series (54 bottles) which will be auctioned off in one. The price estimate? 232.000–310.000 USD. Those wanting to know more […]

Marcin Miller – The Number One whisky man

Europe is lucky, it has Marcin Miller, and without him there might not be much Japanese whisky on the continent. Marcin Miller is the co-founder and owner of Number One Drinks, a worldwide distributor of fine Japanese whiskies such as Chichibu, Hanyu, Kawasaki, Karuizawa and Mars. He used to be Editor and Publisher of Whisky […]

The Hanyu Playing Cards

The Hanyu playing card labels are a limited editions of Ichiro’s malt whisky. Each and every label has a unique playing card motif, 58 in total. The story behind these labels is quite interesting. The Hanyu distillery was founded back in 1941 by Isouji Akuto, whose family had actually been in the sake-making business since […]

Marcin Miller – The Number One Whisky Man

  Europe is lucky, it has Marcin Miller, without him there might not be much Japanese whisky on the continent. Marcin Miller is the founder and owner of Number One Drinks, a Europe-wide distributor of fine Japanese whisky such as Chichibu, Hanyu, Kawasaki and Karuizawa. He used to be an editor and published of the […]