Ichiro Akuto is the grandson of the founder of the famous Hanyu distillery which ceased production in 2000. Ichiro managed to buy the remaining Hanyu whisky casks and released the whisky in a playing cards series, i.e. he released a whisky for every card in the deck including the 2 jokers - 54 releases in all. In 2008, Ichiro founded the Chichibu distillery nearby and his 'Ichiro’s Malt' series is typically a blend of old Hanyu and new Chichibu whisky.
Ichiro's Malt Wine Wood Reserve is a blend of malt whisky from Chichibu, Hanyu and other world distilleries vatted in unusual 2,000 litre ovum/egg shaped casks made from French oak by the Taransaud Company in the Charentes region, France. It is bottled at €46% ABV.