Ichiro's Malt & Grain World Blended WHITE LABEL Whisky

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Chichibu, founded in 2008, was built upon the remains of the old Hanyu distillery about an hour outside of Tokyo. The distillery is small compared to others in Japan, but the whisky makes a big statement. Malt and Grain is another blend of whiskey and whisky from other countries—or as the distillery calls it, an “all-world blend.” Chichibu-distilled whisky is combined with scotch, Irish whiskey, Canadian rye, and American whiskey. The sourced whisky is all aged between three and 20 years, and then matured at the distillery for another two before blending.

Chichibu distillery is small, with only nine full-time employees. It is owned by Venture Whisky which was founded in 2004 in Chichibu, Saitama, just outside of Tokyo, hence its name. The distillery, which specializes in single malt whisky, was the first whisky distillery built in Japan since the 1970s and became operational in 2008. It stands on a small hill in the outskirts of Chichibu, a city of medium size with a population of about 70.000.

However, saying that the distillery was founded in 2004 isn’t entirely accurate. Ichiro Akuto, the owner, comes from a family that has been brewing in Chichibu since the 1700s. The distillery actually started producing whisky as early as 1946.

Ichiro’s whisky is popular among whisky lovers all around the world. Unlike whiskies from the larger distilleries, it has the look and feel of a small distiller who puts everything he has into each and every bottle.

Clean with notes of fruit on the nose. The palate has notes of apricot, peach, vanilla, citrus, malt, roasted nuts and pepper. The finish is full of oak, honey and fresh tropical fruits.

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