Ichiro's Malt 'Double Distilleries' as the name suggests it is made up of Single Malt from Chichibu Distillery and Hanyu Distillery. These two award winning Distilleries combined, make a well balanced Whisky. A combination of Ex-Sherry Casks with Japanese Oak provide an interesting mix of flavours.
Nose: Floral and fruity aroma open the senses. Red apples and Sandalwood notes make this sensual to smell
Palate: Sweetness of caramel makes this pleasant as it enters the mouth, while zesty citrus makes it feel fresh. A touch of cinnamon gives it some spice
Finish: Medium length with a tinge of smokiness. Dry and sweet spice after taste
Type: Single Malt - Chichibu & Hanyu
Cask: Ex-Sherry Matured Hanyu / Chichibu Japanese Oak
Cask Number: N/A
Volume: 700 ml
ABV: 46.0 %
Ichiro Akuto is the founder of Chichibu Distillery and a revered master craftsman of the Japanese Whisky Industry. Located in Chichibu City (Saitama Prefecture) it is approx 100 Km North-West of Tokyo. Whisky heritage is deep within the Akuto Family, where Ichiro’s Grandfather Hanyu Akuto Isouji was the owner of Hanyu Distillery (closed in 2004). With the closing of Hanyu, Ichiro bought some of the remaining vintage Hanyu Casks leading up the opening of Chichibu.
February 2008 saw the first production of spirit at Chichibu Distillery, making this the first new distillery in Japan when it opened in 1973. The ‘Playing Card Series,’ (with Hanyu Whisky) was some of the first released bottles from Chichbu, which remain a global sensation to this day.
Innovative whiskies is what makes Chichibu stand out from the other companies of Nikka or Suntory. Remaining small, Chichibu has big dreams and ambitions. Annual Production is approx 110,000 bottles (2018) per a year.