CHICHIBU 2011 Single Cask#1371 61,9%

Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Saitama 70cl Ref: 19890

From the moment we began tasting this bottling, it became clear that this marriage between Chichibu and madeira was a case of mutual attraction. We might even say that it was a love story, given their generosity and passionate dedication to this inspired, jubilant union, in which any hint of the superfluous is forever banished. Every fragrance and flavour strikes a deep chord in the heart of the taster. And then, after a profound silence, words spill forth with the force of an unrelenting storm.

Single Cask #1371 - Madeira Hogshead Limited edition of 308 bottles – LMDW world exclusive Profile: smooth, with exceptional fruity freshness. The palate lingers with black fruit (blackberry, blueberry), courgette flowers and beer.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : orangey copper with glints of green
  • Nose : fine, distinguished. Dried fruit (date, fig) perfumes red fruit (raspberry, strawberry) and raisin cake. This is the influence of the madeira, which adds character without completely drowning the initial nose. Next, florals (peony, peppered rose) fill the air with their heady perfumes, while oceanic spray brings refreshment. Absolutely magnificent. This is followed by an abundance of bitter orange zest.
  • Palate : full-bodied and concentrated. Full-bodied because every inch of the palate is filled, delicately releasing notes of liquorice, pencil lead, oranges, heather honey and geranium. Its core is concentrated and focused on malted barley, noble wood, beeswax and violets, before becoming more exotic (mango, persimmon, guava).
  • Overall : long, smooth. The finish moves into voluptuous chocolatey flavours. Spices of a rare finesse (cardamom, saffron) gradually envelope fresh figs and white peaches. Very rooty, it gradually reveals notes of gentian and ginger. The retro-nasal olfaction is like breathing in the smoke of an elegant, characterful Havana cigar. The empty glass oscillates between madeira and malted barley.
The brand

The brand

Created in 2008, Chichibu Japanese single malt whisky is already well-known to Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and to whisky connoisseurs generally. Entirely produced at the distillery and soon, for some expressions, with local barley and peat, and even Japanese oak casks, Chichibu is on its way to becoming the first 100% Japanese whisky, thanks to the efforts of its creator, Ichiro Akuto. Fermented in vats made of mizunara (a variety of Japanese oak that is very highly regarded for whisky) and distilled in small stills, the resulting liquid presents a surprising maturity and complexity, even when it is very young. A beautifully crafted whisky.

The distillery

Founded in 2007 by Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the founder of the Hanyu distillery, Chichibu has been active since February 2008. Consisting of two stills made to order in Scotland by Forsyth’s, this distillery has a very exclusive following, it is not only the first Japanese single malt distillery since Hakushu, but also the smallest. In 2008 Ichiro started selling a range of very young whiskies called ‘Newborn’, before launching his first ‘real’ whisky, a three-year-old at cask strength, at Whisky Live Paris 2011. The distillery also houses the last stocks of Karuizawa, Kawasaki and Hanyu, and has its own bottling facility.

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