Chichibu Distillery was the first whisky distillery built in Japan in the 21st Century.
It was founded by Ichiro Akuto in 2007 and went into production in the spring of 2008. The distillery is equipped with two small pot stills and can produce about 60,000 liters of spirit per annum. All washbacks are made from Mizunara oak and mash tun is manually stirred with a wooden paddle. Chichibu produces both peated and un-peated spirit and demand for their whisky exceeds supply many times over. Ichiro’s the Peated presented here was distilled in 2013 from barley malted to specification of 49ppm phenols and bottled in 2018 to commemorate the distillery 10th Anniversary. Only 11500 bottles were produced. The following year Ichiro Akuto was named Master Distiller of the Year at the 2019 International Spirit Challenge.
Nose: lots of peat smoke, lemons and grapefruits, apple blossom, touch of rosemary, honey, vanilla, pine nuts and trace of damp earth.
Palate: very rich, smoky and fruity, lemon and orange peels, apples, fresh herbs, licorice, vanilla salt, touch of aniseed and trace of violet liqueur.
Finish: very long, with notes of peat smoke, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, fresh herbs and hints of licorice.