[June 15, 2022 release] Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION

New Release
New Release
Kanosuke Distillery

Komasa Kanosuke Distillery Co. has released information on the release of “Single Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION”.

The release date is June 15, 2022.

This time, the key malt is the original aged in sherry casks. The key malt is a non-peat malt aged in sherry casks, with several different types of vatting, and bottled at cask strength.

The reddish amber color is reminiscent of a sunset over the East China Sea, and the setting sun on the package is very stylish. The fact that it is a “LIMITED EDITION”

and not a “THIRD EDITION” is also a point of interest.

1. Single malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION

This single malt Japanese whisky was produced at the Kanosuke distillery in 2017-19.
Non-peat malt is used and the key ingredient is the original spirit aged in sherry casks.
Multiple casks were vatted and bottled at cask strength.
“2021 FIRST” , released last year, is made from the same casks used for our barrel-aged rice shochu “Mellow Kozuru” .
The key malt is the original aged in American white oak rich casks, and the second malt is the original aged in American white oak rich casks.
The key malt of “2021 SECOND” was aged in bourbon casks, which is the royal road of single malt whisky, and the key malt of “2021 SECOND” was aged in bourbon casks.
This time, the key malt is the original sherry cask-matured whisky, which gives the whisky a full and attractive aroma.
Please enjoy the lingering taste like the setting sun slowly sinking into the East China Sea.

From Komasa Kanosuke Distillery Co.

Official Tasting Notes
ColorReddish amber
NoseLemon tea, honey, plum, nikki
TasteDried berries, coffee candy, old woodiness
FinishSpicy and bitter sweetness lingers pleasantly.
Product NameSingle Malt Kanosuke 2022 LIMITED EDITION
SakeSingle malt Japanese whisky
Cask typeSherry casks, etc.
Number of bottlesLimited quantity
Number of units59%
PriceSuggested retail price: 13,750 yen (tax included)
Manufactured atKanosuke Distillery
Manufacturer Komasa Kanosuke Distillery Co.

2. How to purchase

At this time (April 19, 2022), there is no official information from the Kanosuke Distillery on how to purchase the bottle, but Sase Sake Shop and other retailers are selling the bottle as soon as they receive it, or by lottery.

Sase Sake Shop HP

3. About the Kanosuke Distillery

The Kanosuke Distillery began operations in 2017.
It stands on a spacious site of approximately 9,000 m2 along Fukiage beach on the west coast of Kagoshima Prefecture, with various facilities scattered throughout. The U-shaped, two-story main building houses distilling facilities, a bar with a great view, and a store selling original goods, allowing visitors to experience the whisky making process up close.
The major features of the Kanosuke Distillery are The distillery is equipped with three pot stills (distillers). The thing is that. Each distillery has a capacity of 6,000 L, 3,000 L, and 1,600 L. Worldwide, craft distilleries (small distilleries) generally have two distilleries. Whisky is usually distilled twice, and Kanosuke Distillery uses pot stills with different neck shapes and angles of the upper line arm during the second distillation (redistillation) to create a different aroma and flavor of the original whisky.


4. Single malt Kanosuke lineup

4-1. Single Malt Kanosuke 2021 SECOND EDITION

Single Malt Kanosuke 2021 SECOND EDITION is a single malt Japanese whisky produced at the Kanosuke Distillery in 2018. It is made with non-peat malt and aged in bourbon casks as the key ingredient, vatted in multiple casks and bottled at cask strength.
The sea breeze that blows at the Kanosuke Distillery grows cooler day by day, and the beer spends a gentle time maturing.
Please enjoy the elegant sweetness and bitterness of this distilled spirit, matured in the softness of the sea breeze. (From the manufacturer’s website)

4-2. Single Malt Kanosuke 2021 FIRST EDITION

Single Malt Kanosuke 2021 FIRST EDITION is our first single malt Japanese whisky produced at the Kanosuke distillery in 2017-18.
It is made with non-peat malt, and was vatted and bottled at cask strength in multiple casks, with the key ingredient being the original spirit aged in the American white oak rich casks used for our barrel-aged rice shochu “Mellow Cozuru” .

Finally, our Japanese whisky journey has begun. (From the manufacturer’s website)


4-3. Single Malt Kanosuke Artist Edition #1

The “Artist Edition” is inspired by the “Five Elements philosophy”, which is deeply rooted in Japanese people’s daily lives, and is a work of original label design based on the five elements of “wood, fire, earth, metal, and water” by artists who are active in a variety of fields. The series will be released once a year in limited quantities.

The first one, “Single Malt Kanosuke Artist Edition #001” is the first full bottle of 2022 Kanosuke Distillery. Several casks were carefully selected from American white oak and litchi casks that were made with non-piped malt from England and aged with the sea breeze as a lullaby.

The motif’s five elements philosophy is “wood” . The label was designed by Mariko Hirasawa, an illustrator. It depicts an oak tree stretching powerfully toward the sky in gentle tones.



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 whisky 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 whisky 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 whisky? 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 whisky 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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Born July 17, 1981 in Kitahiroshima City, Hokkaido, Japan
After graduating from university, joined NTT Data Customer Service Corporation as a new graduate.
2010: Opened "Azabujuban BAR Shinkai" → 2016: Developed specialty "Yakuzen Curry" → 2018: Opened "Toranomon BAR Shinkai" and in 2019 "Shibadaimon BAR Shinkai" → 2020: Started web media "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".
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