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Single Malt Kanosuke 2021 FIRST EDITION

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In order to embody the Kanosuke Distillery’s concept of “MELLOW LAND, MELLOW WHISKY,” the original three pot stills (copper distillers) were used to make the original liquor, which was then aged in various oak barrels for three years before being mulled.
Non-peated malt It was distilled and aged at the Kanosuke Distillery from 2017 to 2006, and is the first Kanosuke distillery product to be bottled at cask strength. Single Malt Japanese Whisky It was distilled and aged at the Kanosuke Distillery from 2017-18.

The box that houses the Single Malt Kanosuke 2021 FIRST EDITION was designed to resemble the sandy beach of Fukiage Beach that stretches below the distillery. When you touch both sides of the box, you can feel the rough texture of the beach, and the package design also depicts a beach. The shape of the bottle is also based on the motif of a pot still. This is the blissful moment when those who have visited the Kanosuke distillery pick up a bottle of Single Malt Kanosuke, think about it, and sip it. The bottle is also shaped like a pot still. TEAM KANOSUKE aims to create entertainment through experiences and impressions.

In addition, this product is described as a “single malt Japanese whiskey” in the product description. This has an important meaning. Voluntary standards for Japanese whiskey established by the Japan Western Brewers Association This is important because the new law, “Single Malt Japanese Whiskey”, came into effect on April 1, 2012, and we have indicated that the product is in compliance with it.

The Bottle

Kanosuke Distillery’s first single malt Japanese whiskey

The Single Malt Kanosuke 2021 FIRST EDITION is our first single malt Japanese whiskey produced at the Kanosuke Distillery in 2017-18.

It is made with non-peated malt and bottled at cask strength using multiple barrels vatted from the same American white oak richer casks used for our barrel-aged rice shochu, Mellow Kozuru.

At last, our journey of Japanese whisky begins. (From the manufacturer’s website)



Nose Lime, prune, raisin butter
Taste Mellow, woody, vanilla, nicotine.
Aftertaste Bittersweetness of orangette, soft sea breeze



Alcohol content 58% alcohol by volume
alcohol category Single malt Japanese whiskey
Cask Type American white oak richer cask
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited quantity
Suggested retail price 13,750 yen (tax included)
Release date June 16, 2021



Our Take

The Single Malt Kanosuke 2021 FIRST EDITION has finally been released to the world as a whiskey after 3 years of maturation. 3 types of Newborn were made between 2018 and 2020.
The third limited edition bottle from the Kanosuke Newborn Distillery won the “Japanese New Make Category Winner” at the Tokyo Whiskey & Spirits Competition 2021, so we can say that the distillery has very high expectations.

The surprising thing about it is its color, which makes it hard to believe that it is three years old. It has a dark amber color like the setting sun. The palate also starts with fresh and slightly acidic fruit, and later on you can find richness and a good amount of sweetness. The aftertaste is long, complex, and deep. This is a whiskey that I would like to drink on the rocks and enjoy the changes in flavor over time.


(All Images Courtesy of JPWhisky.net)


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