The Hanyu distillery, located on the Tone river in the city of the same name, was founded in 1941 by 19th-generation sake brewer Isouji Akuto. Despite owning the site for decades, the Akuto family didn’t install pot stills and start producing whisky in the Scottish tradition until the late 1980s. The first Hanyu single malt was bottled in 1985.
Hanyu is a lesser-known, silent Japanese whisky distillery that has become highly coveted since its closure and bottling as part of Ichiro’s much-lauded Card series.
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