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The 2011 vintage of Chichibu's sought-after peated whisky has been left for an extra year for this release. The strongest yet at a cask strength of 62.5%, this is big, bold and intensely smoky, with spice and sweetness – a complex whisky.Tasting Notes (1)
- Liquorice root
- Dark Chocolate
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Tasting notes by Billy A
An intriguing mix of porridge oats, pine needles and warm tar, with a splash of sea water on the side. The dark notes calm down in the glass, to reveal a classic, grassy peatiness with some red berry sweetness and fresh coastal notes. The sweetness fades over time, revealing more green leaves and vegetal notes, all backed up by soft peat smoke.
Darker and weightier than the nose suggests, showing all of its 62.5%. It has the liquorice from nose as well as background of burning peat and cast iron stoves. It's intense, with freshly unwrapped bandages, melted bittersweet dark chocolate, and both white pepper and cinnamon heat. Water reveals another side to the dram, with mineral notes and a sugary sweetness that runs through the middle – sugar cookies and sponge cake.
Initially mineral-heavy – gravel and seaside rockpools. As that fades, rich sweetness comes in, with dark chocolate picking up fresh minty notes.
At full strength, this is a peaty bruiser – intensely flavoured, with thick smoke and rich sweetness. A drop of water unlocks its full potential, showing a softer and sweeter side.
Amazing, that peat. This is a match for some Octomores and Ardbeg Supernovas, although it doesn't really make it all the way to Octomore 6.3 standards. A must-try if you like a peaty challenge.
Fantastic peaty and needs substantial water
Perfect! I've received the Chichibu whisky with a perfect packing.Thanks a lot for a quick delivery by 3 days from London.
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