Review: Chichibu Chibidaru 2010-2014
Category: Japanese single malt whisky
Origin: Chichibu Distillery
Bottling: Official: Ichiro’s Malt
What they say:
The 2014 release of Chichibu’s quarter-cask-matured Japanese whisky. Chibidaru – Japanese for ‘cute casks’ – are small casks that give lots of flavour quickly. There is an abundance of fruit in this whisky, however – delicious!
What I say:
From Ichiro Akuto’s Chichibu distillery, founded in 2004 and in production in 2008, this was the first distillery to be built in Japan since Fuji-Gotemba in 1973. This expression is a 4 year old single malt matured in Quarter Casks ‘Chibidaru’ for a quicker maturation; quarter casks being smaller than a standard barrel have a greater surface area to volume ratio allowing more spirit/wood interaction. Thanks to Jon at Scotch and SciFi for sharing this one.
Dark amber gold (12/20) medium legs and large/loose tears
Dusty and chalky, almost flint-like, floral and fruity, tar or treacle, molasses, maple syrup, (and vinegar?), fermented apple and pear, green oak wood like freshly planed timbers, strong cereal barley.
Fruity apple and raisin, malty, toffee, treacle, brown sugar, maple syrup, brown cereal, malt extract, brown bread, barley malt, freshly sawn oak wood, sawdust, slightly ascerbic.
Medium-long, mid-sweet but ‘burnt’ tasting
A little conflicting, this one had a young spice/bite to it indicative of its age but an ‘old’ treacle-ised dark wood from the quarter cask maturation which seemed a little forced onto the young spirit.
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