Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 'The US Edition' Single Malt 2021
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The 2021 annual US exclusive is comprised of eleven single casks with the majority of the balance for the first time made up of new barrels and new hogsheads with ex-Bourbon barrels making up the difference. This bolder more oak assertive style is a beautiful match for the powerful malt base and the high, natural cask strength. Limited to 2,150 bottles, this is one of the most prized collector's whisky releases every year.
In 2007, Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the founder of the Hanye Distillery, started a new chapter in Japan’s whisky history by building Chichibu Distillery. Situated in Saitama prefecture around 79km northwest of Tokyo, production began in February 2008. Equipment includes a small mill, a mash tun, washbacks made of Japanese Oak, and a pair of small copper pot stills manufactured by Forsyths of Scotland. Several different cask types are used including bourbon barrels, sherry butts, and hogsheads, all matured in the unique nature of Chichibu.