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Table contains a compilation of all Scores, Distilling year, Bottling year, Total age, ABV%,
Number of bottles released, Bottling site and Release prices (Tokyo).


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How many complete collections may exist? Theoretically 122.
Practically much less as several of the original of Ace of Spade's 122 bottles have been consumed.
Besides all reported, tasted and scored version here (52), a complete collection should also include the
Joker and the four secondary releases listed below as well. Alltogether 57 versions.

Which versions have the lowest number of bottles issued? Ace of Spade, 122 bottles.
All others are between 210 and 807 bottles. See also multiple issues below.


Which version has the highest number of bottles issued? Three of Heart, 807 bottles.

Which versions has the highest score? Two of Heart (93 points).

Which versions has the lowest score? Three of Club (79 points).

What is the average score? 87 points.
Note; only one version is included where two occurs, the other score field is left blank.


Which version had the highest relese price in Tokyo? King of Heart and Nine of Diamond both 21.000 Yen.

Which versions had the lowest release price in Tokyo? Queen of Heart and Nine of Heart, both 4.600 Yen.

Which versions has the lowest ABV? Nine of Heart, Ten of Spade, both are 46%.

Which versions has the highest ABV? Three of Heart, 61,2%.

Which versions is the oldest agewise? Nine of Diamond, 24 year.

Which versions is the youngest agewise? Nine of Heart, 6 year.

Which versions are the earliest distilled? Ace of of Heart, Queen of Diamond, Nine of Diamond, Ace of Spade, all in 1985.

Which versions are the latest distilled? 18 versions, all in 2000. See Fact table further down.

Which versions are the earliest bottled? The original Queen of Heart, King of Diamond, Jack of Club, Ace of Spade, all in 2005.
All four were re-bottled from same casks in 2006. See multiple issues below.


Which versions is the latest bottled? The Joker. Not bottled yet (spring 2013).

Which years did bottling occured? All years from 2005 to 2012. (The Joker not considered).

Which versions did not get bottled at 700ml? Nine of Heart, Ten of Spade, both are 720ml.

Which versions get bottled at 700ml as well as 720ml? Queen of Heart, King of Diamond, Jack of Club, Ace of Spade.

How many versions were bottled at the Sasanokawa Warehouses? 21 including the four secondary releases. Bottling occured from 2005 to and including 2007. From 2008 all bottling occured at Chichibu. See Fact table further down.

Which versions lack ABV% on front label? Queen of Diamond.

Which versions have different ABV% on front and and back label? Ace of Spade, secondary release. ABV% 55 on front and ABV% 55.7 on the back label.

Other label irregularities.
Back label consist of two parts, one English and one Japanese.
Some of the Eureopan label part lacks info regarding bottle size and ABV%.
Some of the Japanese label part have the ABV% truncated were there is an ABV% fraction, others have full value.
Original Ace of Spade lacks Card value on the back label, and so does the original King of Diamond.

The front label layout on the four secondary releases differ from the original Queen of Heart, King of Diamond, Jack of Club, Ace of Spade .


What type of cask, wood and volume was used for the First maturartion period?
The casks were all made of 100% American White Oak (Quercus Alba) and previously barrels used in the Bourbon whisky trade, one time only.
The type of casks used was, as stated, Hogsheads which is not a fixed size and often refitted (in Scotland) from smaller to larger size,
In Hanyu's case the volume varied between 230 and 250 liter.
The origin of the previous Bourbon content is not traceable as a Hogshead was refitted from two or more Bourbon barrels,
usually from different Bourbon distilleries.


How many months of the total maturation period, e.g. final age, is spent on the second maturation?
One to sixty-seven.

Stefan van Eycken, editor of the Nonjatta web page for Japanese whisky news and whisky history, compiled the following two stories titled:
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The question of multiple versions.
Following versions exists in a second release e.g. same cask number but different number of bottles per release.
Bottle sizes varies as well.
Queen of Heart, 1990-2005, 15 years old, 720ml, 125 bottles. Not scored. This is the original bottling.
Queen of Heart, 1990-2006, 16 years old, 700ml, 324 bottles. This is the secondary bottling.
Jack of Club, 1991-2005, 14 years old, 720ml, 124 bottles. Not scored. This is the original bottling.
Jack of Club, 1991-2006, 15 years old, 700ml, 330 bottles. This is the secondary bottling.
King of Diamond, 1988-2005, 17 years old, 720ml, 124 bottles. This is the original bottling.
King of Diamond, 1988-2006, 18 years old, 700ml, 555 bottles. Not scored. This is the secondary bottling.
Ace of Spade, 1985-2005, 20 years old, 720ml, 122 bottles. This is the original bottling.
Ace of Spade, 1985-2006, 21 years old, 700ml, 300 bottles. Not scored. This is the secondary bottling.
This version also have an ABV of 55.7% e.g 0.7 higher than the original bottling!!!








SCORE RULES.

When it comes to scoring whisky, we Maniacs use a 1-100 scale that's roughly comparable to the 50-100 (actually more like 55-95)
scale used by the writers Robert Parker and Michael Jackson. The main difference is that for us, 50 is not the bottom line.
Our scale is supposed to include all alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, sherry, port, cognac, wodka, rum, etc.) and 50 points is the border
between> liking a certain drink and not liking it.
The Malt Maniacs are credited for the following scoring chart:

01 - 09: Barely drinkable gagwater. Serving me this may result in physical violence.
10 - 19: Truly disgusting. Varying degrees of awfulness; highly avoidable.
20 - 29: Only suitable for intoxication purposes. Best used as Anti-freeze.
30 - 39: Definitely not enjoyable. Don't pour me another glass, please.
40 - 49: Flawed. I'll drink it, but don't expect me to be happy about it.
Above 50 points I'm slowly starting to warm up to things.
My scores on the 'positive' end of the scale mean something like;
51 - 54: All things considered I like it, but just barely. It's a thin line between love and hate.
55 - 59: I'm far from crazy about this, but I could find some redeeming qualities.
60 - 64: Quite drinkable, but I could find nothing in there to get very excited about.
65 - 69: An altogether satisfactory experience, but somehow it doesn't fulfil its potential.
70 - 74: An enjoyable drink, just a tad below average. Could do better.
75 - 79: A very enjoyable drink; above average but not exciting enough to be reccommendable.
80 - 84: Recommendable. Very nice indeed, thank you. Pour me another one, please.
85 - 89: Highly recommendable. Wonderful! Never a dull moment with one of these.
90 - 94: Everybody should try this at least once in their life. Great liquids of the world.
95 - 99: Exceptional. The sort of stuff where price starts to become almost irrelevant.
100 pts: True 'aqua vitae'. Once you havee found this legendary drink then you can rest easy.


SCORING FUNDAMENTA.

Glassware; All tasting perfomed with Glencairn standard glass.
Water; All tasting performed with the whisky undiluted.
Venues; Venues were not consistent. A bouqette of homes, bars, whisky
clubs, structured tastings sessions, whisky festivals and off course the PC
series home site (Chichibu) are the scenes were the tastings took place.
The timespan for the tasting was the period Spring 2006 to Spring 2013.


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FACT TABLE.




Card codes = HE=Heart, DI=Diamond, CL=Club, SP=Spade.
Italic= This is the secondary release for this version, hence, not the origin.
D = Year of distillation.
B = Year of bottling/release
Ag = Total age e.g. including secondary maturation period.
ABV = ABV%.
Nmb = Number of bottles released.
B = Bottling plant S is Sasanokawa Warehouses anf V is Venture Ltd or Chichibu Warehouses.
Yen = Are the over-the-counter prices in Tokyo on or around release date (1 EUR =120.93 Yen, 1 USD = 91.89 USD Spring 2013).
SC = Score. For multiple release cases only one score figure is entered.


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