Chichibu Ichiro’s Malt Paris Edition 2018 Single Malt Whisky


Chichibu distillery is a small distillery with only nine full-time employees. The distillery is owned by Venture whisky, which was founded in 2004 in Chichibu city, Saitama, just outside of Tokyo (hence its name). This particular offering form Ichiro’s Range is a 2018 new release. Presented with a box and is limited to 1,357 bottles only. As with everything else from the Chichibu distillery, it is highly recommended.


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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