CHICHIBU Paris Edition 2020 52,8%

Single Malt Whisky, Japan / Honshu - Saitama, 70cl, Ref: 57955

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The fruit of a blend of five casks distilled in 2013 - one first-fill bourbon (peated), three virgin oaks and one port pipe - and three casks distilled in 2014 - two quarter casks (chibidaru) and one red wine cask, The Chichibu Paris Edition 2020 boasts remarkable depth and originality. Creating the perfect union between maturations whose diversity are rivalled only by their complexity, it wavers constantly between very simple classicism and very intense exuberance. Rich in twists and turns, the palette of flavours and aromas is filled with little scenes each more inspired and expressive than the next and pays tribute to the great talent of blender and distillery founder Ichiro Akuto.

Profile: the concentrated first nose is characterized by notes of precious wood (beeswax), exotic fruits (pineapple) and candied fruits (pear). Allowed to breathe, it becomes floral (lily) and herbaceous (cut hay). The very mineral aromatic palette gradually allows the appearance of red fruits (strawberry), light smoke and a little soot. The assertive attack is then juicy (William’s pear), before the mid-palate becomes malty and slightly peaty. The tertiary flavour palette is very mature. The dense start of the finish is spicy (black pepper, nutmeg), liquorice and vegetal (sage). At the end of the finish, black fruits (blueberry) underscore the stunning influence of the port and red wine. The retro-nasal olfaction is exotic (mango, passion fruit).

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  • Appearance : burnished gold with copper tinges.
  • Nose : full-bodied, concentrated. On the first nose, notes of precious wood (beeswax, oak stave) play opposite exotic fruits (pineapple, banana) and candied fruits (pear, apricot, apple). Allowed to breathe, it becomes increasingly floral (lily, violet) and herbaceous (cut hay, ivy). With time, the very mineral (slate, schist) aromatic palette allows the appearance of new fruits (blackcurrant, raspberry, strawberry) whilst becoming divinely honeyed (lime blossom, acacia). Gradually, smoke rings, soot and iris butter intensify the heady character of a particularly complex first sequence of aromas.
  • Palate : assertive, rich. With lots of class, the attack then provides its own take on the marvellously fruity and juicy character of the aromatic palette (William’s pear, black grape, pineapple). On the mid-palate, grains of malted barley and a fairly oily, light peat very gently envelop the taste buds. Tertiary (Corinthian raisin, fig), the flavour palette gradually reveals a very mature expression. The end of the palate is vanilla, chocolate, mentholated and slightly roasted (tobacco, coffee).
  • Overall : long, dense. At the start of the finish, strong spices (black pepper, nutmeg, clove) make a particularly lively entrance. They are accompanied by liquorice stick and aromatic plants (sage, verbena). At the end of the finish, notes of red and black fruits (blueberry, red currant) underscore the stunning influence of the port and red wine. Rich (biscuit, cake), the retro-nasal olfaction is also full of exoticism (mango, passion fruit). The empty glass is honeyed (lavender), ashy, spicy (cinnamon), profoundly malty and floral (carnation, hyacinth).
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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.

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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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Stijn T. published 13/11/2020 following an order made on 06/10/2020

4/5

have not opened the bottle.... Looks are great! too bad the box was wrinkled by way of packaging.

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anonymous published 02/11/2020 following an order made on 06/10/2020

4/5

Good packaging & received it in good condition

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