Hanyu distillery, situated in the town of Chichibu, was established in 1626 by Isouji Akuto and was a sake brewery.
Akuto began distilling malt whisky with his son after purchasing a pair of stills from Scotland in the 1980s but unfortunately at this time demand for single malt whisky was not where it is today and the Hanyu distillery was sold in 2000.
Distillation of whisky was not continued by the new owner and the stills were dismantled, the stock sold on. Isouji’s grandson, Ichiro, managed to secure some casks of the old stock and established a new distillery in 2007 on a new site in Chichibu.
This release of Hanyu was a part of the Noh Series. Noh masks are one of the most important bits of the costumes in the Japanese drama theater act that is Noh. The masks themselves were hand carved from wood and have a consistency of bulging eyes and large mouths.
These masks represent different faces, such as ghosts, demons, goblins, old men, females and males. Most masks have been carved so the actor can change his character's facial expression by just tilting his head so the audience sees a different angle of his mask.
Age: 21 years old
Cask Type: Spanish Oak Sherry Butt
Cask Number: 9306
55.6% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: One of only 625 bottles released
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