This is "The First" single malt to come out of the newly created Chichibu distillery. It was crafted by combining 8 different casks (7 bourbon barrels and one Japanese Mizunara oak barrel). This is a limited edition with only 2040 bottles distributed. This is a very young whisky with a relatively high price tag, but worth the cost.
Ichiro's Malt Chichibu The First was tasted at Meeting No. 28 on September 25, 2014. Out of 5, we rated it very highly at 3.69, though we had some disagreement among member ratings. Ichiro's Malt Chichibu The First ranks 5th overall in Japanese Whisky. Costing $229, this spirit is expensive, but worth it.
A sweetness of apple and pear in both the aroma and the tongue. after coming back to this huge notes of apple and vanilla are apparent. The heat is all on the finish.
An elegant nose, and a lot of flavor for such a young whisky. Also a good deal of heat, but not out of proportion; fruity, now caramel and vanilla on the nose and wood kicks in, but pleasantly, muscular, not timid. This is a whisky to keep coming back to. Solid Stuff.
Fragrant tropical pineapple cream. Strong, powerful youth, but more mature than I was expecting. This is the kind of punch in the face I like.
Surprisingly rich flavor for a young whisky. Hint of vanilla taste, sweet and bright. Would definitely add it to the bar cart if only it wasn't over $200.
Dances on the roof of the mouth. Light as it rises, slightly bitter, like fresh cut apple sprigs. Far beyond most 3 year single malts, no hint of immaturity. Second smell is far sweeter, like vanilla.
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