[Review] Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION

This is the third single malt Japanese whisky from the Kanosuke Distillery.

Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION is made with non-peat malt and distilled between 2017 and 2019. Multiple casks were vatted for the key malt sherry cask-aged sake.

Bottled at cask strength, this is the long-awaited Japanese whisky using the original sherry casks.

The price is 13,750 yen including tax, the same as the first and second releases.

1. Maker

Kanosuke Komasa Distillery Co.

EstablishmentAugust 2021
Head office location845-3 Kaminokawa, Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima 899-2421
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 9,000 m2 site along Fukiage Beach on the west coast of Kagoshima Prefecture.
The U-shaped, two-story main building houses not only the distilling facilities but also a bar with a great view and a store selling original goods.
The distillery’s main features are There are three pot stills (large, medium and small). The distillery has two distillation facilities, each with a capacity of 6,000 liters. Each distillery has a capacity of 6,000 liters, 3,000 liters, and 1,600 liters, respectively.
Worldwide, craft distilleries (small distilleries) generally have two units. Whisky is usually distilled twice, and by using pot stills with different shapes of necks and angles of line arms at the top during the second distillation (redistillation), the aroma and flavor of the original whiskey can be changed more richly.
Fukiage beach, where the distillery is located, is one of the “Three Great Sand Dunes of Japan” and has been selected as one of the “100 Best Sandy Beaches in Japan. The beach stretches about 47 km from north to south, and strong winds blow in from the sea. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, with temperatures near zero degrees Celsius, and snow flurries are not uncommon.

 

Image courtesy of Kanosuke Distillery ‘s official Facebook page.

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

3. Product name and photo

Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION
Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION

4. Characteristics

Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION is a single malt Japanese whisky produced at the Kanosuke distillery from 2017 to 2019. It is made with non-peat malt and
The key ingredient is the original spirit matured in sherry casks, vatted in multiple casks, and bottled at cask strength.
The key malt is the original sherry cask-aged spirit, which imparts a full and attractive aroma.
Please enjoy the lingering taste like a sunset slowly sinking into the East China Sea.

TASTING NOTE

COLORr: Reddish amber
NOSE: Lemon tea, honey, plum, and nikki
TASTE: Dried berry fruit, coffee candy, old woodiness
FINISH: Spicy and bitter sweetness lingers pleasantly

 

Reference: Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION|Kanosuke Distillery

4-1. Tasting notes

AromaHoneyed flowers, roses, dried fruits
TasteAmerican cherry, bitter chocolate, woody and light astringency
AftertasteSlowly lingering tannins and berry sweetness from the sherry casks.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol Content59% alcohol by volume
By SakeSingle malt Japanese whisky
Cask typeSherry casks, various oak casks
Volume700ml
Number of bottles soldLimited quantity
Suggested Retail Price13,750 yen (tax included)
Release dateJune 24, 2022

5. Awards

No awards received at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

Product name Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION
Capacity700ml
Suggested retail price13,750 yen (including tax)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

The resale price on Mercari is Around 21,000 yen to 28,000 yen. (*As of 6/27/2022)

6-3. Sold price on Yahoo! Auction

Sold price on Yahoo! Auction is Lowest 20,500 yen, highest 30,000 yen, average 24,100 yen.(*Statistics for the past 180 days from 6/27/2022)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

On a mail-order site, the price is 36,800 yen The price of the item sold at the Yahoo! (*As of 6/27/2022)

6-5. Prices offered at BAR Shinkai

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

7. Summary

The “sunset” depicted on the side of the package and the “color and taste” of the whisky are a perfect match. The amber color is tinted red like a sunset shadow, and the color makes you feel as if you are in the twilight. The taste is long and lingering, and you can sense the elegant sherry casks.

One of the characteristics of Kanosuke is the distinctive packaging of each new release, which is one of its charms.

 

Please check out our other articles on 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

(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.

(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.

(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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