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New Release of Ichiro’s Malt Card Series

Ichiro Akuto recently announced the release of 4 additional expressions to his much acclaimed Card Series. The Card Series are from the now closed Hanyu distillery. As you can see the labels will be different from previous releases with different winter constellations in the background – the individual cards on each bottle will remain though. This will bring the total number of bottles in the Card Series to 48. The details of the 4 new expressions are as follows:

Ten of Diamonds: ~13650円/$182
Distilled 1990 Bottled 2011 @ 54.9%ABV
American Oak Puncheon Finish

Nice of Clubs: ~11550円/$154
Distilled 1991 Bottled 2011 @57.3%ABV
Bourbon Barrel Finish

Six of Spades: ~7700円/$102
Distilled 2000 Bottled 2011 @58.6%ABV
Oloroso Sherry Butt Finish

Four of Hearts: ~7700円/$102
Distilled 2000 Bottled 2011 @59.2%ABV
French Oak Cognac Cask Finish

These were just released in Japan and should be available overseas at a later date. A word of advice – do not wait on purchasing a bottle if you want one because they sell out extremely fast.

**Update: Because this is such a new release most of the online shops do not have them listed yet. So far we have found one online shop that has them available. http://www.sake-hosoi.co.jp/

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Some “New” Hanyu

Just a quick hitter here.  Ichiro Akuto has for some time been slowly releasing his stocks of Hanyu, mostly in the form of the popular card series.  Well this week saw a release of four more “cards”.  Hanyu is in high demand and one shop that I normally shop at has already sold out of their supply.  – Chris

Ten of Harts:  6,980円/~$85, Cask number 463, 295 bottles, 61% ABV,  First cask: Hogshead, Second cask Madeira hogshead

Four of Diamonds:  6,980円/~$85, Cask number 9030, 546 bottles, 56.9% ABV, First cask: Hogshead, Second cask: Pedro Ximenez sherry butt

Two of Spades:  10,500円/~$127, Cask number 477, 290 bottles, 55.8% ABV, First cask: Hogshead, Second cask: Port hogshead

Eight of Clubs:  17,800円/~$215, Cask number 7100, 561 bottles, 57.5% ABV, First cask: Hogshead, Second cask: American oak Puncheon

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