Ichiro's Malt Chichibu The US 2021 Edition Japanese Whisky

This annual expression is distilled and bottled by Ichiru Akuto and his small team. It was matured in a combination of new barrels, 1st-fill bourbon barrels, and new hogsheads, Chichibu's hot and humid summers and cold winter temperatures being perfect for whisky maturation.
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For nearly three centuries, Ichiro Akuto's family brewed sake along the banks of the Tone River in Central Japan. Following the end of World War II, his family received a distiller's license and purchased two second-hand stills from a Scottish distillery. By the turn of the century, however, his father had made the difficult decision to dismantle the stills and sell the 400 casks of remaining whisky that were still maturing in the distillery's rickhouses.

Fueled by a belief in the potential for Japanese single malts, Ichiro purchased the casks from his father. He went to study distillation techniques at Benriach and Springbank Distillery, before returning to Japan and constructing a state-of-the-art distillery in Chichibu, the Saitama prefecture. The small distillery opened its doors in 2008 and has only 9 full-time employees. The climate of Chichibu with its hot and humid summers and cold winter temperatures is perfect for distilling whisky, while the famous Arakawa River provides excellent water. The distillery imported the equipment as well as the peat from Scotland, while the malt and barley come from England and Germany. Their current output is around 90,000 liters per year.

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu The US 2021 Edition is a Japanese single malt whisky that is crafted at the Chichibu distillery. It was aged in a combination of new barrels, 1st-fill bourbon barrels, and new hogsheads. Bottled without chill filtration, a total of 2,150 bottles of this annual expression were produced. The whisky has notes of honey, tropical fruit, orchard fruit, spice, and a touch of peat.

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Proof 106.6 (53.3% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Chichibu Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose of this Japanese whisky opens with aromas of honey, dark chocolate, and orchard fruit with pears in the forefront. The palate is fruity with pineapple, guava, black pepper, and ginger. The finish is pleasantly sweet with lingering honey and a touch of peat.
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