Distillery: Asaka Distillery (Sasanokawa Shuzo)
Age: About 3 years
Size: 700 ml
Launched in December 2019, this is the first release from the Asaka Distillery which is owned by Sasanokawa Shuzo. Established in 2015 with the first distillation in 2016, the Asaka Distillery sits on the site where several casks of Hanyu were temporarily stored by Ichiro Akuto san (with the help of Sasanokawa Shuzo at the start of Ichiro san's famous whisky journey). Reportedly matured in first fill bourbon casks, only 1500 bottles were released. Vanilla sweetness and refreshing citrus notes on the nose/palate reflecting the bourbon cask maturation with a long lingering finish showcasing the distillery's new make spirit. While a very collectible bottle, it is a great dram to be shared with "friends and family" indeed.