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CHICHIBU 2015 Peated

Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Saitama 70cl Ref: 19616

By monopolizing the centre stage, or conversely by merging with every note of the aromatic palette, the peat in this peated Chichibu combines modern expression and academic beauty. The more time passes, the more we find a classicism that plunges us decades into the past. From this sublime paradox comes a timeless single malt ingeniously crafted by the distillery’s founder: Ichiro Akuto.

Limited edition of 852 bottles for France Profile: An elegantly peaty nose with great presence. It then becomes more herbaceous and spicy (clove, nutmeg). Notes of coconut and heady florals (lily, iris).

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vibrant golden yellow.
  • Nose : refined, voluptuous. The initial nose reveals a peat of rare elegance and great presence. This reveals itself to be alternately fruity (pear, lemon), salty, iodine, earthy, liquoricey, lightly medicinal (balm, mustard seeds) and floral. It lingers with spices (pepper, ginger) and aromatic herbs (vervain, rosemary). An incredibly noble expression emanates from the nose.
  • Palate : elegant, full of firmness. Through its luxurious temperament, it transcends the nose and offers unexpected fruity, saline overtures. Meanwhile, on the mid-palate, the peat gradually takes possession. It has become more herbaceous and spicy (clove, nutmeg). Notes of coconut and heady florals (lily, iris) bring it to the gustatory heights reached only by the greatest single malts.
  • Overall : long, dynamic. The peat is perfectly integrated into each note of the taste palette. It has a very fine-grain texture, whilst retaining lots of juice. Generous, it invites us to enjoy a delicious rice pudding spiced up with citrus zest. The retronasal olfaction is characterised by tobacco and peppermint, while the empty glass leaves a glimpse of a peat full of power and concentration.
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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