[Review] Single Malt KANOSUKE 2021 SECOND EDITION

In order to embody the Kanosuke Distillery’s concept of “MELLOW LAND, MELLOW WHISKY”, the original three pot stills (copper distillers) are used to make the raw spirit, which is then aged in various oak barrels for three years before being mulled.

As with the previous First Edition Non-peated malt As with the first edition of the previous product, we used multiple barrels vatted together, with the key being the raw material aged in bourbon barrels.
It was distilled and aged at the Kanosuke Distillery in 2018. Single malt Japanese whiskey In addition, the new product will be available in a variety of styles.

In addition, this product is described as a “single malt Japanese whiskey” in the product description. Voluntary standards for Japanese whiskey established by the Japan Western Brewers Association The distillery is located in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan.

1. Manufacturer

Komasa Brewing Company

Establishment1883 (16th year of Meiji)
Head office3309 Hioki, Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima 899-3101, Japan
Owned distilleryKanosuke distillery

2. Distillery

Kanosuke distillery

Location 845-3 Kaminokawa, Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima 899-2421
Start of operation 2017

The Kanosuke distillery stands on a site of about 9,000 square meters along Fukiage beach on the west coast of Kagoshima Prefecture.
In addition to the distillation facilities, the U-shaped, two-story main building has a bar with a great view and a store selling original goods.
The main features of the distillery are The distillery is equipped with three pot stills (large, medium and small). The main feature of the distillery is that it has three distilleries. The distillery has a capacity of 6000 liters, 3000 liters, and 1600 liters respectively.
In the world, craft distilleries (small distilleries) usually have two units. Whiskey is usually distilled twice, and by using pot stills with different neck shapes and upper line arm angles during the second distillation (redistillation), the aroma and flavor of the raw material can be changed more richly.
Fukiage beach, where the distillery stands, is one of the three largest sand dunes in Japan and has been selected as one of the 100 best beaches in Japan. The beach is about 47 km long from north to south, and the strong wind rises from the surface of the sea, and the area around the distillery is covered in white mist from the fine spray from the sea. It is a place with a wide range of temperatures, with hot summers and cold winters, where it is not unusual for the temperature to drop to around 0°C and snow to fall.

Image credit: Kanosuke Distillery Official Facebook

For more information on the Kanosuke Distillery, please also see this article.

3. Product name and photo

Single Malt KANOSUKE 2021 SECOND EDITION

4. Characteristics

The second single malt Japanese whiskey from the Kanosuke distillery.
Single Malt KANOSUKE 2021 SECOND EDITION is a single malt Japanese whiskey produced at the Kanosuke Distillery in 2018. It is made from non-peated malt and matured in bourbon barrels, with multiple barrels vatted and bottled at cask strength.
The sea breeze that blows through the Kanosuke distillery gets colder every day, and the whiskey spends its time maturing gently.
Please enjoy the elegant sweetness and bitterness that is matured in the gentle sea breeze. (From the manufacturer’s website)

4-1. Tasting Notes

AromaCitrus, green apple, vanilla, lemon tea
TasteHoney, Nicki, Grapefruit
AftertasteElegant sweetness and soft bitterness

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content57% 
alcohol categorySingle malt Japanese whiskey
Barrel typeBourbon barrels, etc.
Contents700ml
Number of bottles soldLimited quantity
Suggested retail price13,750 yen (tax included)
Release dateNovember 12, 2021

5. Awards

No awards have been received at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Product name Single Malt KANOSUKE 2021 SECOND EDITION
Volume700ml
Suggested retail price13,750 yen (tax included)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

The resale price on Mercari is Around 23,000 yen to 28,000 yen. (*As of November 26, 2021)

6-3. Sold price on Yahoo Auction

The winning bid price on Yahoo Auction is Lowest bidder: 22,000 yen, highest bidder: 29,800 yen, average bidder: 24,757 yen (*Statistics for the past 180 days as of November 26, 2021)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

It is also available at the mail order site at Around 27,500 yen to 39,500 yen.(*As of November 26, 2021)

6-5. Price offered at BAR SHINKAI

At “BAR SHINKAI”, which is operated by this site, it is offered at 1 glass, 45ml: 3,960 yen, 30ml: 2,640 yen, 15ml: 1,320 yen.  

7. Summary

Although it seems to be a little stiff and violent immediately after opening the bottle, it gradually opens up as time passes. After adding a very small amount of water, the aroma regains its composure and changes to a clean and crisp mouthfeel. The impression changes drastically. As with the First Edition, this whisky has been highly praised by whisky lovers since its release.

■Please check out the other articles about Kanosuke.

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
(2022/11/30 17:12:45時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(2). Japanese Whisky 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 whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

created by Rinker
¥1,294
(2022/11/30 14:30:43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 whisky 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 Whisky, 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
(2022/11/30 19:19:28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 whisky can be found.

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