Chichibu On The Way 2019 Release Single Malt Whisky

Chichibu Distillery started producing its famous Whisky in 2008. It is a small distillery which specializes in single malt whisky and was the first whisky distillery built in Japan since the 1970s. The distillery is owned by Venture Whisky Ltd., established by Ichiro Akuto in 2004 in Chichibu, a city in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture, about 100 kilometres from Tokyo. Ichiro Akuto was born into a family with a long brewing tradition, they had started sake brewing in Chichibu around 1625. To this day the natural environment, seasonal characteristics and the high quality of the water provide perfect conditions for distilleries.

This edition of Chichibu ‘On The Way’ was released in 2019 and is made from a batch of 52 casks, all matured between five and ten years, mainly first-fill ex-bourbon, but there are also some second-fill Chibidaru casks in the mix, as well as some Mizunara oak.

    Nose:    Sweet, light, fresh and a bit grassy, fruity (green pears and apples), honey, fruit caramel, vanilla, fennel seeds, nail polish, touch of malt.

    Taste:    Sweet, fruity (apricot jam, pear mash), cereals with maple syrup, slightly spicy and oaky.

    Finish:    Short, sweet, slightly malty with notes of green melon, some nutty tones, drying oak at the end.