Nothing ground breaking but nevertheless interesting. I got caught up in the release of the Yoichi 20 year Vintage that I forgot to mention that the Miyagikyou 20 year vintage is also being released. Similar to the Yoichi release except all malts going into it were distilled and aged at the Miyagikyou distillery.
Hanyu (now closed) has released Ichiro’s Final Vintage of Hanyu – a 10 year old malt that has been released annually for the last couple of years. I tried last year’s release and give my impressions of it here. This release is a big departure from the previous year’s which was a big powerful (60.1% ABV) single cask expression. This year’s is a lot tamer at 48% and appears to be a vatting of several different barrel aged spirits: Hogshead and Puncheon American Oak, Sherry and Spanish Oak. And no chill-filtration or added coloring. Definitely sounds like an interesting one as it seems like they are trying to make it a more balanced expression and is a departure from the normal single cask releases that we have seen from Chichibu and Hanyu. I will probably pick a bottle of this up shortly to try.