CHICHIBU 2011 Belgian Stout Cask Finish The Chronicles 57,4%
Single Malt Whisky, Japan / Honshu - Saitama, 70cl, Ref: 54928
Sweeping up everything in its path, the initial nose, which wavers between juniper berries and hops, reveals huge strength of character and astounding powers of persuasion. The attack is just as original and at times evokes the sugary world of childhood. Malted barley and Belgian beer then confront one another before continuing in perfect harmony. Ichiro Akuto undoubtedly took great pleasure in creating this completely unclassifiable Chichibu.
Profile: the uncompromising initial nose is characterized by notes of juniper berry and hops. Liquorice and clove then take up the baton. The stout shows considerable influence. The original attack evokes candy floss. The mid-palate is at once floral (lilac) and exotic (mango). The long finish wavers between fig, gooseberry, dark chocolate and vetiver. The malted barley and Belgian beer have finally found common ground. Single Cask no. 4548 – Belgian Stout Cask Finish. Exclusive to LMDW.
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- Appearance : burnished gold with glints of topaz.
- Nose : the uncompromising nose confidently asserts a personality full of joie-de-vivre. Juniper berries and hops take the first leading roles. Next, liquorice and clove take over, further accelerating the development of the aromatic palette. The stout shows considerable influence. Indeed, a dense yet light foam even forms on the surface of the aromatic palette. With time, citrus fruit (lemon, mandarin) and spice bread bring us elegantly to malted territory.
- Palate : neat, muscular. The very original attack is characterized by notes of candy floss and marshmallow. Next, florals (lilac, lavender) fill the air with their sweet and heady fragrances. The mid-palate is exotic (mango, plantain banana, pineapple). At this point, the nose and the palate seem to be diametrically opposed, but it is simply an illusion. One thing is certain, this Chichibu is endlessly generously and takes cunning pleasure in covering its tracks.
- Overall : long, stately. Gooseberry, fresh fig, milk chocolate, bergamot, apricot and even the sublime fragrances of vetiver set the stage for the extremely complex finish. The malted barley and Belgian beer have now found common ground, leading to a single malt that is certainly unclassifiable but so energetic that you want to taste it again and again.
- 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.
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