Hanyu 1988

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Nippon Malt Whisky
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
720 ml 720 ml
This is the first version with the miss-spelled Cask Type pancheon instead of puncheon on the label
Bottled for
Full Proof Holland
Added on
04 May 2014 3:30 pm by alectron
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 5300.00

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64 × member ratings

61 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hanyu 1988

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.18 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] Another one of these japanese bottlings with ridiculous prices - just because the distillery is closed. You can easily get a full case of the finest Traditional Scotch scored 90+points for such a bottle (with a little luck even more) and so far I did not discover the secret why people spend so much money such stuff...

    ...and this dram did not help to clarify the enigma either. This is a good standard sherry maturation without specific highlights and a rather weakish finish. As a drinker I am not willing to pay more than 120 Euro for a bottle of such quality. So, can anybody please explain why this is hyped?
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a flawless old style sherry profile that is mainly herbal-driven with waxy and earthy aromas. Not bad but nothing special either, I had dozens of Scotch drams with a comparable nosing profile (hint: look out for Glenfarclas or Glendronach PX maturations of about the same age). In a large blender's nosing glass it shows a minor perfumy-soapy note (lavendar) that I do not like and which is not detectable when using a classic Glencairn glass. The complexity of this nose is fine (but not great) on herbal, spicy, waxy, oily and very shy sherry aromas that slowly grow stronger upon breathing.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is sherry winey-sweet and spicy-herbal bitter in a nice and tasty combo. But it is not layered at all and somehow rather simple (not really complex). Nevertheless, very enjoyable and easy sippable (if you do not think of the price per sip). After some chewing delicious dark chocolatey flavours pop up together with more hot spices (white pepper, chili).
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is not very impressive - a little hot and a little coating with a minor drying-astringent touch (artificial notes of plastics and cold metals). The finish is rather short and more spicy with again this minor drying-astringent feeling of cold plastic-wrapped metals). Water releases additional chalky and spring floral aromas in the nose but it turns the taste flatter and the finish (even) shorter. I like the neat dram best.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    He somehow lacks the wow factor, despite the percentage, he has this snappy consistency, but the hammer behind it is missing. In itself a great, varied part, but yes, the last sparks would still be great.
    • Nose
      Banana jellies, dark caramel, frying butter in the pan, maple syrup, chestnut liqueur, hazelnuts, chocolate-coated peanuts, oiled dresser, fresh leather, blood orange, dry apple chips, curcumin, ginger and fennel, later also raisins and cherry
    • Taste
      Super sweet and meaty, candied almonds and hazelnuts, salted caramel, rose water, blood orange, pomegranate, apple chips and grapefruit scones, dark honey, camphor, curcumin, roibo tea, marzipan, banana jelly, papaya, as if you could bite into the consistency, sweet malt, maple syrup, young cherries, juicy pear, leather, some dark chocolate and noticeable tannins
    • Finish
      Much more incense sticks at the back, eucalyptus, camphor, cardamom, leather, malt, roiboos, medium to long

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Did not have many hanyus in the glass yet. Very nice spicy nose, quite powerful in the mouth, a bit short on the finish. Very good whisky, but unfortunately the currently called prices are not worth it.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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