Hanyu 1988 Ichiro's Malt King of Diamonds
Hanyu 1988 Ichiro's Malt King of Diamonds, ~18 YO, 56,0 %
I have been lucky enough to try another few whiskies from the Card Series from Ichiro's Malt. This fantastic series of whiskies from the now closed Japanese distillery Hanyu. The Hanyu 1988 Ichiro's Malt King of Diamonds was initially matured in an unspecified Hogshead then the whisky was transferred to an American Oak Sherry Butt (cask #9003). The total outturn was 555 bottles.
The Hanyu 1988 Ichiro's Malt King of Diamonds is sold out years ago, of course, and if you can find a bottle online you should expect to have to pay in the region of € 1600 or more. These bottles are collectors items.
Nose (23/25): The expected magic is here. Red berries covered with rich whipped cream and powdered sugar and thick caramel sauce. Exotic wood notes, it is definitely a bit woody on the nose. Dry-ish and rich at the same time. Peaches, apricots, and almonds.
Taste (21/25): Spicy and oaky. Burnt wood and burnt sugar. Pepper and some slightly bitter notes. Dry.
Finish (20/25): Warm and even more oaky. Dried fruits, and bitter notes. A bit watery and thin mouthfeel towards the end.
Balance (20/25): Far from one of the best I have tried from the Card Series. I found it to be a bit off balance actually.
Sláinte! - Thomas