Ichiro's Malt 'Wine Wood Reserve' is a unique expression and interesting maturing process. First it is matured in Ex-Bourbon barrels for 3-6 years and then finished in the French Limousine Oak Ovum (made by French cooper Taransaud) for 3-4 weeks. Through the construction of the Ovum it allows for Whisky to move on around naturally. Each batch produces approx 1,600 bottles.
The 200ml bottle make is great for traveling or sampling.
Nose: Aromatic creamy Malt, infused with citrus orange and chocolate. Soft hint of black liquorice
Palate: Sweet and Oily taste of Walnut and Red berries. Some spice of white pepper
Finish: Sherried spice notes which is finished with a little Chocolate
Type: Single Malt - Chichibu
Age: 3-6 Years, then finished for approx 3-4 weeks in the Ovum
Cask: Chichibu Ex-Bourbon / French Limousine Oak Ovum
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 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.