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Full House (Hanyu)
Dave Broom looks at the story behind this new Japanese whisky company which is upping the anté
June 2007, Issue 64, page 26
Lost in a nation
Dave visits the new rebuilt Hanyu distillery and takes in some Japanese culture.
January 2008, Issue 69, page 12
The cream of the crop
Every year Whisky Magazine holds the Icons of Whisky, the international awards recognising the very best in the whisky industry
January 2007, Issue 61, page 50
The new rising son (Chichibu)
Dave Broom takes a trip to Japan's latest distillery.
October 2008, Issue 75, page 42
Golden Horse Chichibu 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Fresh, lively, flirtatious but slightly tart and astringent.
Golden Horse Chichibu 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 50.00% 6 Bittersweet, sophisticated.
Golden Horse Chichibu 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Well-balanced. Elegant.
Ichiro's Malt 1985 Ace of Spades
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00% 7 When oak is elegantly mastered, no problem. Same with the alcohol. A beautiful example of controlled maturation.
Ichiro's Malt 1988 King of Diamonds
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 Water undoubtedly tames the alcohol but alters the freshness and enticing natural sharpness of that bold whisky.
Ichiro's Malt 1988 Single Malt Vintage
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 A pungent character. Warm phenolic and uncompromising but hiding a pleasant cereal sweetness. The alcoholic strength is somewhat burning though. Water helps but does not cut all the sharp edges.
Ichiro's Malt 1990 Queen of Hearts
Single Malt - Japan - 54.00% 7 A well balanced and refreshing dram. Try it with raw fish and ginger in vinegar.
Ichiro's Malt 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 46.00% 7 The nose is more enticing than the palate. Water reduces the gap, bringing in a velvety texture.
Ichiro's Malt Ace of Hearts, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 Water cuts the edges a little but does not mellow the sourness.
Ichiro's Malt King of Spades, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 57.00% 8 A liquid dessert. Reminds me of a rich Balvenie. Superb dram.
Ichiro's Malt Three of Diamonds
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 7 Lacks balance. Alcohol is quite fierce. Water tames it down but needs to be strictly dosed as it enhances bitterness. Some character but quite sharp.
Ichiro's Malt Two of Clubs
Single Malt - Japan - 57.00% 8 The nose is more appealing than the palate. Water tames it.