Hanyu 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Number One Drinks Company
Finished in Japanese Oak
Number of bottles
55.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 feb 2009 5:49 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 4388.58

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55 × member ratings

44 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Hanyu 1990

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.13 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky in which the Japanese oak, Quercus
    Mongolica, shows what it can do.
    • Nose
      The Japanese oak takes care of a nice nose with floral
      element (fresh flowers, including roses) and exotic fruit. Hints of cough syrup. Apple cake and citrus. Woodspice. Touch of smoke.
      This is very enticing. Becomes surprisingly fresh after a few moments. With water it offers both more spices and citrus.
    • Taste
      It is syrupy and honeysweet, but very spicy. Phew! Nutmeg, cloves and black pepper. Apple cake and citrus return, this time in the form of oranges. Candied orange peel. Hint of coffee. It can cope with water. That makes it fresher, but also more floral (but
      never too much so).
    • Finish
      The finish is very long and drying, but the spices
      have the final word.

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  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    japanese H2H

    Fuji Gotemba 40th Anniversary 46% 2013 OB single grain wb 64595
    Takestsuru 21 year 43% 2010 blended malt (yoichi & Miyagiko) wb 157798
    Suntory The Peninsula Tokyo 43% 2014 blend (Yamazaki/Hakushu/Chita) wb 67513
    Hanyu 1990/2007 cask 9511 55.5% wb 6634
    Karuizawa 1981/2012 sherry butt 162 55.8% Cocktail Series for LMDW wb 36517
    Karuizawa 1981/2013 sherry butt 155 56% Noh whisky wb 41915
    Karuizawa 27 year bottled 2017 sherry/bourbon 59.1% Noh whisky wb 32187
    Yamazaki 1990 18 year cask ON70645 sherry butt 60% wb 6261

    Started off with the Fuju Gotemba single grain,which is different to Scottish grains I have tried and thought it was very good.
    Taketsuru blended malt is ok but for the price poor
    Suntory the nose is great but the palate is swamped by oak, shame
    Hanyu all round is pretty good
    Karuizawa Cocktail butt 162 pretty good all round
    Karuizawa butt 155 not bad just a little too bitter
    Karuizawa multi vintage ,very good vatting of 4 casks,good balance
    Yamazaki 1990 very good

    The best Japanese whisky I have tried are the Karuizawa 1967 & 1968 vintages both scored at 95 points but I suspect right now I would score them around 93 points as my palate has changed in the last few years.

    The people who purchased these bottles when they were released all I can say was smart move because the price now at auction is horrendous,the yamazaki can go for 5k,which is beyond silly.
    Most of the Karuizawa/Yamazaki single casks are heavy sherry and walk a fine line with being too oaky,they are good quality drams for sure but in my view do not match the best that Scotch whisky has to offer. Scotch whisky that is aged is far too expensive now but when compared to the absurd prices of Japanese whisky they start to become an attractive proposition.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is pretty good but you have to like spice.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Bags of spice at first, pine cones (you don't get that very often) white pepper,ginger, a little plum.
      a hint of orange,
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mouthfeel is good,the spice explodes across your tongue but it is not heavy,what is not as good is the balance,the spice is very top heavy and pushes everything out but my enjoyment is not really hampered , which is what counts at the end of the day.
      Orange mixes with ginger and pepper and various other spices
    • Finish
      90 90
      This is the best part, very soothing sums it up nicely.

      With a little water,the only change is that it is slightly less sweet.

  5. torfbombe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Excellent Tasting Note here by markjedi. A great adventure for your tastebuds. If you get the chance to try one of these Hanyu Mizunaras, don't hesitate as this quality will be gone soon

  6. Furtia scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Lafroy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Red grapefruit peel, peat sweetness, peat smoke,
      resin, sea breeze, oak, poppy-seed cake, dried bread. Additionally, sweet candies
      and sugar.
    • Taste
      Great sweetness, hot spices, light bitterness
      and a lot of white pepper. Additionally, some notes of citrus notes and peat. Hints
      of apricots, paprika and eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Medium long, hot, semidry and a little bit


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