[Review] Kanosuke Newborn 2020 Peated

Distilled using peated malt from England. Stored in white oak barrels, this is the third version of the Kanosuke Newborn.
This single malt Newborn is casked from whiskey stock distilled in August 2018.
Released on September 16, 2020.

1. Manufacturer.

Komasa Brewing Company

Establishment1883
Head office3309 Hiki, Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima 899-3101, Japan
Owned distilleryKanosuke distillery

2. Distillery

Kanosuke Distillery

Address 845-3 Jinnokawa, Hiyoshi-cho, Hiki-shi, Kagoshima 899-2421
Start of operation 2018


Started in 2018. It stands on a spacious site of about 9,000 square meters along Fukiage beach on the west coast of Kagoshima Prefecture, dotted with various facilities. The two-story U-shaped main building houses the distillery facilities, as well as a bar with a great view and a store with original goods, making it a distillery where visitors can experience whiskey making close at hand.

One of the main features of the distillery is that it has three pot stills (distillers). The distillery is equipped with three pot stills. The whiskey is usually distilled twice, and during the second distillation (re-distillation), the pot stills with different neck shapes and angles of the upper line arms can be used to change the aroma and flavor of the raw material more richly.

Image source: Kanosuke Distillery, Komasa Brewing Company
Image Source: Kosho Brewing Company, Kanosuke Distillery

3. Product Name

Kanosuke New Born 2020 Peated

4. Characteristics

Bottled at cask strength after 24 months of storage.

Single malt newborn, casked from whiskey stock distilled in August 2018.
The wash is distilled in a first distillation kettle using peated malt from England and fermented with distillery yeast. The resulting low wine is called Kanosuke. The resulting low wine is then distilled in one of the distillery’s two re-distillation kettles, which produces a more bodied quality. The raw spirit is then casked in white oak barrels and stored for 24 months in the Kanosuke distillery’s sea breezy cellar before being bottled at cask strength.
Please enjoy the peaty, bold, yet delicate sweetness of the sake. (From the manufacturer’s website)

4-1. Tasting Notes

NoseCashew nuts, pears, peaches, vanilla
TasteSweet, tidal, huckleberry, woodiness
AftertastePleasantly peaty, followed by bitter sweetness

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content58%
by alcoholSingle Malt Newborn
Barrel typePeated malt
Contents200ml
Number of bottles soldNot disclosed
Suggested retail price3,850 yen (tax included)
Release dateSeptember 16, 2020

5. Awards

There is no award history at this time.

6. Price

Image source: Kanosuke Distillery, Komasa Brewing Company

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Product nameKanosuke Newborn 2020
Capacity200ml
Suggested retail price3,500 yen (tax included: 3,850 yen)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

The resale price on Mercari is around 4,000 yen to 6,000 yen per bottle.

(*As of March 21, 2021)

6-3. Yahoo Auction Sold Price

The average selling price on Yahoo Auction is 4,000 yen

per bottle (*Statistics for the past 120 days from March 21, 2021)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

The number of listings on mail order sites is quite small, but they sell for around 6,000 yen to 9,000 yen. (*as of March 21, 2021)

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At BAR SHINKAI, which is operated by this website, a glass of 45ml: 4,950 yen, 30ml: 3,300 yen, 15ml: 1,650 yen.

7. Summary

The aroma is fruity and slightly sweet. In the mouth, there is a tingling sensation from the alcohol, but not as strong as I expected, and you can feel just a hint of peat. When water is added, the fruity taste becomes more pronounced, and it ends with a slight sweetness.

We also have Kanosuke Newborn in our store in 2018 and 2019. We also have the 2018 and 2019 versions of the Kanosuke Newborn in our store. The barrels in which they were aged are different, and the flavors are quite different.

Please check out the other articles about the Kanosuke Newborn.

Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whiskey and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

created by Rinker
¥1,320
(2022/05/26 09:29:36時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(2). Japanese Whiskey as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled ” Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business. “
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whiskey and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whiskey, as well as his companion, Rita.

created by Rinker
¥575
(2022/05/26 01:21:39時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whiskey boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whiskey? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whiskey, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

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repicbook(リピックブック)株式会社
¥1,870
(2022/05/26 02:45:15時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whiskey in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whiskey can be found.

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