Hanyu 1988 King of Diamonds

  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky

70cl / 56%

Hanyu 1988 / King of Diamonds

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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.

Tasting Notes (2)


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Tasting Notes

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.

  • 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

Customer Reviews

Reviews (1)


  • Anonymous

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

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