Chichibu Paris Edition 2022 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.

Chichibu’s Paris Edition is back for the fifth year running, each bottle features a lithograph by French Art Nouveau Henri Rivière, depicting an illustration from his seminal work, 36 Views of the Eiffel Tower. The book was published in 1902 and was inspired by the work 36 Views of Mount Fuji by renowned Japanese artist Hokusai, famous for his work The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. The 36 different labels are divided over the 1900 bottles of this release.
The Chichibu Paris 2022 Edition is a blend of 9 casks of peated Chichibu whisky aged primarily in ex-Bourbon casks, aged for six to seven years.

    Nose:    Orchard fruit compote, sweet, vanilla; pleasant honeyed sensation, sweet peppery spices, fine smoke.

    Taste:    Sweetness on the palate, fruits cooked on baked apple, honey, spices on cinnamon and white pepper, toasted and spicy scent more than smoky, blended in the background for sweet scents.

    Finish:    Persistent, sweet apple, fine smoke, it's simple, delicate, but it's also very monolithic.