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Ichiro’s Malt – Ten Of Diamonds


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The remaining stock of whisky from the Hanyu distillery is a highly sought after commodity. Marketed under the label of Ichiro’s Malt playing card series, there are only five bottles with each card available, with the whole set selling for half a million USD at an auction in HK last summer! Dekantā is an avid collector of the series, and here we present the Ten of Diamonds – one of the rarest bottles of Japanese whisky you can find!

Cask Number527
Whisky OriginJapanese
Single MaltYes
Alcohol Strength54.90%
Bottle Size700ml
Label ConditionGood
Shoulder LevelGood
Weight 2 kg


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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!

Color: Old gold, with a coppery tint. Nose: An assorted fruit basket with fresh, as well as dried, fruits, like prunes figs and apricots. Smoke as from a distant, wood-fired barbeque. Palate: The fruit note returns – more silky than acid. Some freshness, like menthol. Exotic spices. Tannins and oak vanilla are well integrated.
Finish: Medium length and light bodied.

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