[Review] Single Malt Kanosuke 2023 LIMITED EDITION

Whisky Review
Whisky Review
Kanosuke Distillery

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

Single Malt Kanosuke 2023 LIMITED EDITION is made with peated malt and distilled in 2018-2019. Multiple barrels were vatted for the key malt bourbon barrel-aged sake.

This Japanese whisky was bottled at cask strength.


The price is 14,300 yen including tax, slightly higher than the 13,750 yen for the 2022 LIMITED EDITION released last year. The packaging and label are a chic black design.


1. Manufacturer

Kanosuke Komasa Distillery Co.

EstablishedAugust 2021
Head office location845-3 Kaminokawa, Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima 899-2421
Owned distilleryKanosuke Distillery

2. Distillery

Kanosuke distillery

Location845-3, Kaminokawa, Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima 899-2421
Start of operation2017

The Kanosuke Distillery stands on a site of about 9,000㎡ 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 main feature of the distillery is that it is equipped with three pot stills (large, medium, and small). Each has a capacity of 6,000 liters, 3,000 liters, and 1,600 liters, respectively.
Craft distilleries (small distilleries) around the world generally have two stills. 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 whisky 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.


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

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3. product name and photo

Single Malt Kanosuke 2023 LIMITED EDITION
Single Malt Kanosuke 2023 LIMITED EDITION


4. characteristics

Single Malt Kanosuke 2023 LIMITED EDITION is mainly made with peat malt and aged in bourbon casks in 2018-2019, vatted and bottled at cask strength in multiple casks, including shochu rechar casks.
Enjoy the mellow sweetness and long-lasting smoky flavor.


COLOR: Deep yellow amber
NOSE: Banana, custard cream, Nikki candy, and Iburi Goko
TASTE: Salted caramel, black tea, yatsuhashi(Japanese sweets), blood orange
FINISH: Summer tangerine, kasho (Chinese pepper), and lingering aroma of bonfire.


Reference: Single Malt Kanosuke 2023 LIMITED EDITION|Kanosuke Distillery

4-1. Tasting notes

AromaSmoked aroma at the top, followed by mellow aroma of ripe fruits.
TasteSmooth, with the elegant sweetness of red bean paste and candy cane, and smoked nuts.
AftertasteWoody, roasted and smoky aftertaste

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol Content59% alcohol by volume
By AlcoholSingle Malt Japanese whisky
Cask typeBourbon casks, shochu rechar casks, etc.
Content volume700ml
Number of bottles soldLimited quantity
Suggested retail price14,300 yen (tax included)
Release dateJune 14, 2023

5. Awards

No awards received at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

Product nameSingle Malt Kanosuke 2023 LIMITED EDITION
Suggested retail price14,300 yen (including tax)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

Resale prices on Mercari range from 15,500 yen to 23,000 yen. (*As of 6/14/2023)

6-3. Yahoo Auction Sold Price

Currently, no listings could be confirmed on Yahoo! Auctions. (*As of 6/14/2023)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

We could not confirm any sales at mail-order sites at present. (*As of 6/14/2023)

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At “BAR Shinkai” operated by this site, one glass is offered at 45ml: 4,290 yen, 30ml: 2,860 yen, and 15ml: 1,430 yen.

Information about "BAR Shinkai"
Japanese Whisky Dictionary operates three BAR Shingai stores in Minato Ward, Tokyo. In addition to the Japanese whiskeys introduced on this site, they also handle domestic gin and beer. Original cocktails and fresh fruit cocktails are also popular. There is also a wide variety of food available for the first time.

7. Summary

The limited editions released up until now have been non-pitted, but the use of peated malt as the key malt in the current release has given the impression of a more complex, mellow sweetness.
The moment you smell the aroma, the smokiness comes over you. As it is poured into the glass, it softens over time, and an elegant sweet aroma can be picked up. The mouthfeel is round and not as smoky as the aroma, but there is a lingering roasted and smoky aroma that gradually appears in the finish, making for a very pleasant finish. The mellow Kanosuke character is inherited, but with a sweetness that is close to Highland and a peatiness that does not reach the level of Islay, it gives the impression of being exquisitely balanced.

Please take a look at our other articles on Kanosuke.

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Ryuhei Oishi

Bartender at bar Shinkai Toranomon, born in Hokkaido.
After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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