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  Ichiro's Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve

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Mizunara (Quercus Mongolica) wordt vaak aangeduid als de Japanse eik. Er zijn andere types van inheemse eiken in Japan (bijv. Konara eiken of Ubame eiken) dus het zou het nauwkeuriger zijn om te zeggen dat het een Mongoolse eik is.

Hoe dan ook Mizunara eikenhout wordt vaak gebruikt voor de rijping van de whisky (vooral door Chichibu en Yamazaki) en werd gebruikt voor de finish van deze Ichiro's malt.

Deze Ichiro's Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve is een blended malt (geheim, maar waarschijnlijk uit de Hanyu en Chichibu distilleerderijen).

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Ichiro's Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve (46%, Ichiro's Malt)
Nose: Quite gentle. The dominant note is honey. Also, lemon meringue, grapefruit and a little salt.
Palate: Pepper and white sauce over cauliflower. Ginger, lemon, grapefruit.
Finish: Short, with a little spice. Not a lot of power for 46 per cent alcohol, feels more like 40 per cent. Is this quite young, as I'm not picking up a lot of influence from the Mizunara wood? Easy enough to drink but not particularly memorable.

Hanyu Distillery

Opgericht: 1941
Gebied: Japan  
Adres: Nishi 4-1-11, Hanyushi, Saitamaken
Eigenaar: Venture Whisky Ltd.
Status: gesloten in 2004
Website: http://www.toashuzo.com/whisky.htm

Hanyu Distillery was located in a town bearing its name on the banks of the Tone river. The original company was founded from a family business originally established in 1626 by the Akuto family, sake-makers in the town of Chichibu. Isouji Akuto, the 19th generation of the Akuto family, built a factory in Hanyu city, north-west of Tokyo, in 1941 to produce alcohol and obtained a licence to do so in 1946.

In 1980, serious attempts to produce a Scotch whisky-type product began and two pot stills were obtained. At the time, consumer demand was for blended whisky rather than single malt. Since then there has been a worldwide shift towards single malts and in 1990 Chichibu whisky was launched, named after the place where the sake was originally produced. It had two steam-heated stills and a continuous still, along with a Sake brewery.

Unfortunately it stopped making whisky in 2000, with the pot stills and distilling equipment dismantled in 2004. The grandson of the founder, Ichiro, purchased the mature stock and distilling facilities and hopes one day to start a new distillery.