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Hanyu 1988 21 Year Old Noh Cask #9306

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Hanyu 1988 21 Year Old Noh Cask #9306

Product details

  • Brand: Hanyu
  • Bottler: Unknown
  • ABV: 55.6%
  • Age: 21 year old
  • Bottled: 2009
  • Bottles: 625
  • Cask #: 9306

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Hanyu 1988 21 Year Old Noh Cask #9306

Noh refers to a tradtional form of Japanese theater with masks. Hence the label. This Japanese whisky was put to sleep in 1988 in a sherry butt that yielded 625 bottles at cask strength in 2009.

The nose is very fruity on all kinds of dried fruits: dried figs, raisins, candied cherries. Delicious. Some menthol and roasted nuts. Nice touch of smoke and even some mercurochrome. Hints of bacon on the barbecue and a small bonfire. Becomes very spicy after a while.

Ooh, creamy! Intensely seasoned too, but besides the fruit more bacon on the BBQ. Dades wrapped in smoked bacon, you know? Wonderful. Struck matches. Pepper, ginger, liquorice, cinnamon, back and forth. Very complex and very pleasant. Midpalate, the oak starts to speak and makes it somewhat drier. Sorry, I forgot to add water. It is just sooooo good, you know?

The good, long finish on drying oak and dark, peppery fruit, turns this into a true taste sensation.

This needs only three letters: W.O.W. (wonderfully orgasmic whisky). Thanks, Arnout!


The Japanese Hanyu distillery is no longer operational. In the 1980’s they had some financial problems and the distillery was closed in 2000. Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the distillery founder, bought 400 casks of Hanyu whisky that are now being sold, most of them in the Ichiro’s Malts series in which every bottle is named after a playing card (Three of Diamonds, Ace of Spades…). Akuto also started a new distillery: Chichibu.

This sherry butt was bottled by No.1 Drinks in their Noh series – in two parts. A smaller part (200 bottles) had already been bottled for Full Proof Europe in Holland featuring… well… another type of butt on the label. Sister casks #9305 and #9307 have also been bottled for Full Proof.

Nose: spicy notes to start with: Christmas cake, a bit of menthol, a bit of incense. Deep fruity notes as well: cherries, plums. Hints of smoked meat (cecina). Also a few whiffs of matchsticks but much less than comparable Karuizawa bottlings for example. Some resinous notes and roasted almonds as well. Quite complex.

Mouth: intense with typical dried fruits, sultanas and lots of tobacco. Black cherries. Cinnamon and ginger. Certainly woody, but not too dry. A little chilli pepper.

Finish: long and peppery with a dry herbal touch.

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