Hanyu 1988
King of Diamonds

70cl / 56%
  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky
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A wonderful dram from the sadly now-defunct Hanyu distillery, this received a Gold Editor's Choice award from Whisky Magazine Issue 56 and was awarded Jim Murray's Japanese Whisky of the Year for 2008.

Hanyu 1988 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Martine Nouet

    Nose: Tangy (alcohol tickles nostrils). Lots of cereal notes. Cooked grains. Oatcakes. Cowshed. Creosote with fresh mint aromas. Lemon juice.

    Palate: A very short sweet start, bursting out into a spicy circus of aromas. Quite sharp but challenging. Less creosote on the palate.

    Finish: Concentrated, citrussy, minty and spicy.

    Comment: Water undoubtedly tames the alcohol but alters the freshness and enticing natural sharpness of that bold whisky.

    [These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 56]
  • Tasting Notes by Dave Broom

    Nose: Immediate complexity. Cheddar cheese, cream, but also a firm nutty quality. A touch of burlap, smoke and then with water it shifts into sandalwood, citrus, pineapple, pine.

    Palate: Dances in the mouth, moving from spice into flowers then to smoke, which builds subtly.

    Finish: Long, mixing spice and sweetness.

    Comment: This has classic Japanese finesse (and excellent viscimetry). Great whisky is about balance and this has it...in diamonds, not spades.

    Score: 9 / 10

    [These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 56]

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  • 6 May 2007

    Superb very smooth Whisky, excellent Vintage Malt well worth spending the money!