Chichibu Ichiro On The Way 2019 Single Malt Whisky


The 2015 release of Chichibu On The Way, a series charting the fledgling distillery’s progress. This is a multi-vintage vatting of whisky distilled at various times since they opened in 2008, including some of their oldest. Surprisingly complex for a young whisky, it shows the skill of distiller Ichiro Akuto and his team.
Nose: Softly herbal, with leafy notes leading into peachy stone fruit and soft toffee.
Palate: Spicy and fruity, with stewed apple, tinned peach and sugar-studded pastry.
Finish: More orchard fruit follows spicy touches.


Ichiro’s Malt/Chichibu Distillery represents a grouping of the various products made by Ichiro Akuto of Japan, one of the leading figures in whisky.

The Akuto family had been making sake and shochu in Chichibu since 1625. In the 1980s, they set up a whisky distillery in the industrial town of Hanyu, trucking in water from Chichibu. This was just as the whisky market was collapsing and, by 2000, the distillery had closed. Ichiro Akuto was left with 400 casks of stock, which he released in the Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu Card Series through to 2014. Around 60 expressions were bottled with labels based on a deck of playing cards, including two jokers and several cards appearing in alternate forms. The rarer “cards” have become some of the most sought-after and highly priced whiskies in the world.


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