Ichiros Malt Grain Japanese Whisky.
Only 300 Bottles produced.
A blended malt and grain whisky.
Made up of Hanyu malt (Closed Distillery) and Chichbu malt plus Chichbu Grain Whiskies.
Hanyu Whisky Distillery History.
Isouji Akuto, the 19th generation of the Akuto family, built a factory in Hanyu city, northwest of Tokyo, in 1941 to produce alcohol and obtained an alcohol licence in 1946.
In 1980 serious attempts to produce a Scotch Whisky-type product began and two pot stills obtained. With consumer demand for blended whisky rather than single malt. The company ran into problems.
Ownership changed hands and the new management decided to dispose of the stocks of maturing malts and the distillation facilities. Fortunately, a sake maker from northern Japan, Sasanokawa Shuzo, came to the rescue of Hanyu Distillery and agreed to take over the stocks and production facilities at this critical time.
Initially plans were for the redevelopment of the Hanyu distillery. However in 2000 production stopped with the distillery dismantled in 2004.
Subsequently Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the founder of the Hanyu Distillery, established a new company called Venture Whisky to once again produce single malt whisky.
Since then there has been a worldwide shift towards single malts. In 1990 Chichibu whisky was launched. Named after the place where the sake was originally produced.