Hanyu-Kawasaki Ichiro's Malt & Grain Kiyosato Field Ballet 26th Anniversary Japanese Blended Whisky


Region: Japan

Distillery: Hanyu and Kawasaki (Closed)

Age: 1990 vintage Hanyu and 1982 vintage Kawasaki (bottled in 2015)

ABV: 48%

Size: 700 ml

This rare whisky is a fantastic vatting by Mr. Ichiro Akuto (founder of Chichibu Distillery) of two single casks from two lost distilleries, a Hanyu 1990 vintage and a Kawasaki 1982 vintage. This is a special bottling to celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the Kiyosato Field Ballet.

Kawasaki distillery was owned by Mercian Corporation, also the owners of the Karuizawa Distillery, which focused on Malt whisky, while Kawasaki focused on Grain whisky. Located in Kawasaki Prefecture between Tokyo and Yokohama, Kawasaki Distillery generally used 90% corn and 10% malted barley in Refill Sherry Butts and Demerara Rum casks. Mercian became a part of Kirin Holdings in the 2000s and Karuizawa and Kawasaki were both closed. After being closed, most of inventory of casks were stored in the Yamanashi warehouse and bought by Mr. Ichiro Akuto in 2006.

700 bottles were released in 2015. Rated 90+ on Whiskybase over 35 reviews.