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Hanyu Whisky For Bar Salvador Sherry Cask

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As a memoir of the now-closed Japanese whisky distillery, Hanyu, Ichiro Akuto, the man who rescued remaining stock from this silent distillery and owns Venture Whisky Ltd./Chichibu Distillery, released a special edition bottle to Bar Salvador. Only 10 bottles were released for this whisky bottle, making it an ultra-rare item to have in your collection! Distilled in 2000, the last year of Hanyu’s operation, the Hanyu Whisky for Bar Salvador, was first matured in a Hogshead barrel and in an American oak sherry butt cask, delivering a sweet and strong sherry flavor with woodsy and earthy notes. This single malt whisky was bottled in 2007 and is non-chillfiltered and non-colored.

DistilleryHanyu
Distilled2000
Bottled2007
Cask Number9000
Whisky OriginJapanese
Single MaltYes
BlendedNo
GrainNo
BoxNo
Label ConditionGood
Shoulder LevelGood
Weight 2 kg

Hanyu Distillery was located in a town bearing its name on the banks of the Tone river. The original company was founded from a family business originally established in 1626 by the Akuto family, sake-makers in the town of Chichibu. Isouji Akuto, the 19th generation of the Akuto family, built a factory in Hanyu city, north-west of Tokyo, in 1941 to produce alcohol and obtained a licence to do so in 1946.

In 1980, serious attempts to produce a Scotch whisky-type product began and two pot stills were obtained. At the time, consumer demand was for blended whisky rather than single malt. Since then there has been a worldwide shift towards single malts and in 1990 Chichibu whisky was launched, named after the place where the sake was originally produced. It had two steam-heated stills and a continuous still, along with a Sake brewery.

Unfortunately it stopped making whisky in 2000, with the pot stills and distilling equipment dismantled in 2004. The grandson of the founder, Ichiro, purchased the mature stock and distilling facilities and hopes one day to start a new distillery. A dream that he is currently realising with his creation of the Chichibu Distillery.

Read more about the Hanyu distillery here!

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