The Ichiro's Malt 'Mizunara Wood Reserve (MWR)' is distinctive because it is a vatting of malts that have all been aged in Japanese Mizunara oak casks at the renown Chichibu distillery. Although undisclosed it is probably made up of some Hanyu stock as well. This whisky is floral and fragrant, with both woody and incense notes.
The 200ml bottle makes is great for travelling or sampling.
Nose: A very wooded aroma like being inside a carpenter's workshop. These wooded notes smell of Sandalwood and Japanese Cypress. A mild Jasmine smell with subtle coconut
Palate: Herbal and Oak flavours. The flavour of Honeysuckle and the chewy feel of incense are toned down with the wooded flavour.
Finish: Oak and ginger which rounds off in a short finish
Type: Single Malt - Chichibu. Undisclosed but probably Hanyu too
Cask: Mizunara Oak
Cask Number: N/A
Volume: 200 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 are 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.