Chichibu is a distillery that deserves hype. It deserves huge fans. It’s a massively impressive whisky. Especially at cask strength.
I hadn’t tried any heavily peated Chichibu yet, and failed to talk my way into trying the Whisky Live Paris exclusive, so when I saw this one selected for The Whisky Exchange Show, I dived on it.
Chichibu 2012 Peated for TWE 63.2%
Nose: Great nose. Soft malty peat, light fresh fruit, tropical peat similar to a medium aged Laphroaig (18-20yo).
Taste: Great arrival, fresh fruit and spice develop. Lovely balance. Tropical and peaty, a little spicy ginger.
Finish: Long length. Dry and mouth watering, slightly tropical and peaty to end.
Bottled for The Whisky Exchange Show 2017. Even better than the 9yo from last year’s show, and really shows off Chichibu’s incredible spirit at an amazing balance for such a young whisky.
Thanks for reading!
Japanese Review #16
Whisky Network Review #547
Network Average: 74.3
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.