(Closed) Hanyu Distillery

With a familial legacy spanning several generations in sake brewing since 1626, Isouji Akuto established the Hanyu distillery in 1941, officially obtaining the alcohol license in 1946, situated in the town of Hanyu, northwest of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture. However, it wasn't until 1980 that the production of single malt whisky commenced, following the acquisition of two traditional Japanese-made pot stills. Unfortunately, at that time, the market demand primarily favored blended whiskies. Consequently, Hanyu ceased production in 2000, leading to the closure of the distillery in 2004.

The remaining Hanyu stock was salvaged by Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of Isouji Akuto, with the assistance of another sake producer, Sasanokawa Shuzo. They safeguarded the casks until 2008 when they were eventually relocated to Chichibu, the new distillery founded by Ichiro Akuto. These Hanyu casks gave rise to the now legendary Ichiro's Malt - Hanyu Card Series and various other Hanyu releases. Some of the stock was also blended with Chichibu's own distillate in the diverse Leaf Series bottlings, notably featured in the Double Distilleries Green Leaf Series, with the proportion likely to be lower in the more recent releases.

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