Archive CHICHIBU 2011 1st Fill Bourbon The Chronicles

CHICHIBU 2011 1st Fill Bourbon The Chronicles 58,8%

Single Malt Whisky, Japan / Honshu - Saitama, 70cl, Ref: 54927

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The Chichibu distillery celebrated its 10th anniversary in July 2018. Today, the single malt produced by its owner, Ichiro Akuto, has become iconic. So much so that enthusiasts throughout the world literally fight over each new bottling. Remember that a 3-month old version bottled in October 2008 made quite an impression. This year, we invite you to discover four exclusive single casks. Beginning with this 2011 bourbon cask bottling which offers a multitude of small vignettes of flavours and aromas, each more expressive than the next.

Profile: the fresh initial nose is a mixture of vanilla pod, cut grass, malted barley and aromatic herbs. Allowed to breathe, it becomes sweeter (lemon tart), hot and floral (gillyflower). The precise attack is very fruity (Williams pear). The mid-palate evokes green tea and becomes more heady (iris). The silky finish produces a delicate mouthfeel. The retronasal olfaction reveals original notes of green tomato.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vibrant gold.
  • Nose : fresh, well-balanced. Laid upon vanilla pods and freshly cut grass, malted barley grains appear alongside a variety of herbs (bay leaf, sage, verbena), spices (clove, nutmeg) and juicy white fruits (pear, peach). Allowed to breathe, the nose moves into sweet pastry notes (lemon tart, almond pastries) and becomes increasingly hot (Cayenne, paprika) and floral (gillyflower, French marigold). The palette of aromas is extremely mineral (manganese) from start to finish.
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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