This is one of the whiskies that we tried at our Japanese whisky tasting in April. An interesting expression of the now closed Hanyu distillery – stocks are now being stored at Ichiro’s new Chichibu distillery location.
3 of Hearts ~$90
Distilled 2000, bottled 2010 at 61.2% ABV
1st Cask: Hogshead (Cask No. 465), 2nd Cask: Port Pipe
Bottle 463 of 807
Color: Medium-dark copper with some red and pink
Nose: Rutty, dirty, Mizunara oiliness, smoke, earthy, then a fragrant sweetness, caramel candy, meaty, seems disjointed at first but after letting it sit for some time it actually starts to come together in a weird way
Palate: Silky sweetness, then a big hit of Mizunara spices: sandalwood and incense, the youth of this whisky is fairly obvious, oak char, like biting into a dark cherry/strawberry jam filled crepe while catching a waft of fresh cigar smoke – weird but it works
Finish: Medium/long, leaves an airy fruit and spice flavor, port seems to add a gentle sweetness – wonder how long it was in the port pipe?
Comments: Just a touch of the port so it is not overpowering. It does remind me a lot of the 2009 Final Vintage of Hanyu. I would definitely let this one sit and take some time to get its act together though. Everyone liked it, well at least the empty bottle (as pictured above) leads one to believe that they did. – Chris