26 Sep How An Ultra Rare 58 Bottle Japanese Whiskey Collection Got A $500K Price Tag
Any whisky enthusiast worth their salt has heard about Japan’s smallest and now defunct Hanyu distillery. The operation shut down in 2000 after being hit by the Japanese recession. And because whisky was not as popular as sake and shochu — both of which are much faster to produce — the new owner of the distillery was not interested in waiting for brown water to slowly mature into whiskey. Appreciating the fact that barrel ageing takes finesse and time, Ichiro Akuto, the scion of the original Hanyu distillery, purchased the remaining casks. He then began to bottle the single malts in a slow and steady stream over the years, and named them after playing cards. The result was a cult-like following.