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CHICHIBU 2010 Bourbon Barrel - 60th Anniversary LMDW
Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Saitama, 70cl, Ref: 51992
It is said that the greatest single malts are universal and that they transcend subjective tastes. This Chichibu, aged in a bourbon barrel, is undeniably a member of this exclusive inner circle. The elegance, complexity, freshness and natural ease with which it spreads across the breadth of its aromatic and gustatory palette is astounding. Forgotten childhood memories surge from within the depths of memory, triggering remarkable emotions.
Profile: the nose is delicate, fluctuating between coconut, vanilla, spearmint and spices. It then becomes exotic (mango, banana). Also very fruity (William pear), the palate is resinous and mildly spicy. Notes of white grapes and almond milk arrive for a fresh finish.
Single Cask no. 663 – Bourbon Barrel
Limited edition of 209 bottles
Exclusive to LMDW
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- Appearance : intense golden yellow.
- Nose : refined, delicate. Extremely well-balanced, the initial nose is heady, wavering between notes of coconut, vanilla, fresh mint and precious spices (cardamom, ginger). It develops with a refreshing blast of exotic fruit (mango, banana) and herbs (chervil, sorrel). Upon airing, candied lemons revitalise the aromatic palette as it continues to gain complexity.
- Palate : clean, firm. Particularly fruity (Williams pear, apple), the attack on the palate is all-encompassing, taking us on a stroll into the heart of a pine forest. Resinous notes and flourishes of liquorice lend smoothness to the mid-palate. Fresh fruit (pineapple, Mirabelle plum) and sweet spices (cinnamon, star anise) gently settle on the edges of the palate.
- Overall : long, balanced. Dried fruit (apricot, dates, walnut) wrapped in a fine layer of dark chocolate gradually coats the taste-buds. Refreshed by an acidic fruitiness (white grapes), it becomes increasingly milky (almond, coconut). Reminiscent of absinthe, the back palate is subtly aniseedy. The retro-nasal olfaction is musky. Malted barley, vanilla and freshly cut grass come in waves from the empty glass.
- 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.
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.