CHICHIBU 2011 Ex Burgundy Wine Cask Finish The Chronicles 60%
Single Malt Whisky, Japan / Honshu - Saitama, 2cl, Ref: 2CL54930
To create a finish that faithfully respects the primary identity of its single malt, Ichiro Akuto has chosen a cask that previously contained wine from one of the most prestigious appellations in the Côte de Beaune area. And, to say the least, the cask gave him everything he was looking for. In terms of aromas, malted barley gradually takes hold after allowing the Burgundy to first have its say. The flavour palette reveals such harmony that it is impossible to say which of the two protagonists has had its way.
- Nose : full-bodied and creamy. The very charming initial nose reveals seductive notes of raisin cake, dried nuts and blackcurrant. The Burgundy's influence is immediately clear. Allowed to breathe, it opens up into notes of apricot and cocoa beans. Malted barley then gradually makes its presence known. Increasingly complex and deep, the nose develops into an even more tertiary register (chestnut, marron glacé). A signature of exotic fruits (passion fruit, mango) brings lots of nobility to the expression.
- Palate : lively, slender. Taking care to create a clear connection with the nose, the attack is characterized by notes of mango coulis, fresh figs and strawberry jelly. The terpenic mid-palate restores the aromas of lily of the valley and embalms the chervil. Following on from this, beeswax and lime blossom softly envelope the palate. The delicately chocolate and powdery end of the palate is balsamic (incense, eucalyptus, benzoin).
- Overall : long, rich. The exotic register now gives top billing to coconut, guava and persimmon. Black grapes and bramble masterfully underscore the influence of the Chassagne-Montrachet. The mentholated and heady (hyacinth, peony) retronasal olfaction raises the flavour palette higher, allowing us to admire its impressive architecture. The empty glass is rich (slightly burnt Mirabelle plum tart) and infused (tea, chamomile).
- 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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