Chichibu is a fascinating distillery for me, because the whisky is delicious and crazy good at such a young age.
I really don’t know how they do it. Perhaps it’s the attention to detail and the intense focus on quality? Or the Mizunara oak washbacks? Super good casks? All of the above maybe.
Problem is, it’s also crazy hard to get hold of and if you do find it, it’ll cost you a bomb for a full bottle.
So when I saw that this one was over eight years old and a reasonable price at a bar in California, I knew I had to taste it. It didn’t disappoint…
Chichibu 2010 Single Cask 60.6%
Nose: Complex, you’ve just walked into a high end carpenters, with polished and sawn oak, some malt, light orange peel. Seemed standard to start with, more complex as it opens up.
Taste: Oily and malty, golden raisin, hefty and supple, amazing here. All about form, structure and mouthfeel. Old whisky white pepper spice.
Finish: Long length. More complexly woody, more carpenters workshop here, dry and again way way older than it’s years.
Bottled 2018 at 8yo for US market. Like a 70’s Bourbon matured Macallan. Which is insane… I really don’t understand how they pack this much maturity into a whisky this young.
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Network Average: 75.1
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Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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