Yoshitoshi Ghost Series x 10 / #1-5 and #7-11
A collection of 10 bottles from the Ghost Series, a selection of rare Japanese whiskies bottled for Stefan Van Eycken, a whisky enthusiast and author of Whisky Rising: The Definitive Guide to the Finest Whiskies and Distillers of Japan.
The series boasts single malts and vattings from some of the country's best-known and best-loved distilleries, including whisky from several of its legendary lost plants, like Karuizawa, Hanyu and Yamanashi. The labels all feature Yukiyo-e artwork from Yoshitoshi's New Forms of 36 Ghosts. This is the complete collection to date, excluding #6: a release of 28 bottles which were opened in Japanese whisky bars.
- Ghost Series #1: Karuizawa 1996 Sherry Cask
A single sherry cask from the legendary Karuizawa distillery, bottled by Number 1 Drinks in 2013 from cask #3861. 59.5%
- Ghost Series #2: Karuizawa 1995 Wine Cask
A single wine cask from the legendary Karuizawa distillery, bottled by Number 1 Drinks in 2013 from cask #5022. 61.9%
- Ghost Series #3: Hanyu 2000 Grappa Finish
A single cask Hanyu, placed into an ex-Palo Berta grappa barrel at the behest of Minoru Nishida of the Kask liquor shop in Kyoto. It was discovered in his store by Nonjatta who convinced him to release some of the whisky for this release. 59.9%
- Ghost Series #4: Kawasaki 1980 Sherry Butt
A single grain from the lost Kawasaki distillery, and the only known bottling of a 1980 vintage. Drawn from sherry butt #6165 by Number 1 Drinks in 2014.
- Ghost Series #5: Karuizawa 1960-2000 Four Decades Multi-Vintage
A vatting of vintage Karuizawa from every decade through 1960 to 2000. Bottled in 2014. 61.8%
- Ghost Series #7: Time Slip
A blend of Karuizawa malt and Kawasaki grain, discovered in a glass case in a warehouse in northern Japan. It has been blended in the 1970s, and was finished in an ex-Karuizawa cask for a year before bottling in 2015. 43%
- Ghost Series #8: Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries
A blend of Hanyu and Chichibu single malts, bottled at Chichibu distilley by Ichiro Akuto. 60.1%
- Ghost Series #9: Akashi 2015 ex-Sake Cask 50cl
A single malt from the Eigashima distillery, aged in ex-Sake cask #101520. 61.5%
- Ghost Series #10: Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries + Peated
A vatting of Hanyu and Chichibu malt, including some peated whisky from the latter. One of 129 bottled in 2018 at Chichibu distillery. 61.3%
- Ghost Series #11: Komagatake 2015 Non-Peated Tsunuki Aging
A single malt from Mars Whisky's Shinshi distillery, aged at their other site, Tsunuki. This non-peated 3 year old was bottled in 2018. 60%