Chichibu On the Way 2019 & Kimura Glasses (Pair)

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Chichibu is a relatively young distillery, founded by Ichiro Akuto in 2007. While Chichibu is Ichiro-san’s focus these days, he has a long history in the Japanese whisky world.

The whisky is from a batch of 52 casks, all matured for between five and ten years. They’re mainly first-fill ex-bourbon, but there are also some second-fill chibidaru casks in the mix, as well as some hogsheads with mizunara (Japanese oak) heads and some peated whisky. An eclectic and very Chichibu mix.

Tasting Notes 

  • Nose: Fruit, fruit and more fruit – the fruitiest Chichibu I’ve ever tried. Sweet apples, just-ripe pears, fresh pineapple, plump sultanas, dessert grapes and dried apricot. Coconut cream and a dusting of desiccated coconut follow, with buttery pastry and a touch of double cream not far behind. Hints of polished oak and spring-meadow honeysuckle develop.
  • Palate: Rich and rounded, with sweet butter and buttery pastry dipping into lightly stewed fruit: the apples and pears from the nose with a sprinkling of dried pineapple. Sake-like notes of white melon and strawberry laces build, with yeasty touches and malted milk biscuits. Soft spice sits at the back.
  • Finish: Green grass and flaky-pastry-topped apple pies. Gentle char notes develop with a touch of tannic pear skin.