CHICHIBU 2012 Pinot Noir Finish

Japanese Single Malt – 62.2%, 70cl
Single Cask #5077 – Pinot Noir Finish
Limited Edition of 205 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Since 2010, Ichiro Akuto and his team have regularly visited Hokkaido, the most northerly island in the Japanese archipelago, to buy mizunara oak, which is then worked by the distillery’s two coopers. In May 2018, after three years of searching, they finally found the same iconic variety of oak in the mountains surrounding Chichibu. This absolutely remarkable bottling is the perfect illustration of the great care taken over cask selection. Full of contrasts, it reveals extremely subtle exotic and floral tones. Then, in a spellbinding finish, it brings the palette of aromas and flavours to beautiful lands of semi-darkness.

Colour: orangey copper with glints of mahogany.

Description

full-bodied, delicate. An array of jams (orange, red currant, apricot) literally escape from the glass. These are followed by notes of noble wood and cherry brandy. This gentle oxidative note quickly cedes to cocoa bean, candied ginger and pipe tobacco. As a whole it shows huge cohesion and maturity. Gradually, spices (saffron, nutmeg, clove) highlight the aromatic palette’s noble character.

enveloping, silky. For its part magnificently oxidative (bramble and strawberry purée), the attack has a very voluptuous mouthfeel. The ethereal mid-palate invites us to conquer particularly exotic lands (mango, guava, persimmon, lichee). Beeswax and black liquorice then gradually coat the taste buds. The end of the palate is marvellously heady (rose petal, lavender).

long, invigorating. Willingly differing from the palate, the finish is first medicinal (mustard), camphoric and hot (paprika). Notes of corinthian raison then beautifully underscore the red wine cask’s influence. Little by little, dried fruits (date, sweet chestnut, fig) illustrate its development into a more autumnal register. The rich (mocha, Liège coffee) retro-nasal olfaction then takes on coppery, twilight tones. The empty glass reveals citrus fruit (bitter orange), the fragrance of old woodwork, cherry jam and cocoa powder.

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