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A 2014-vintage whisky from Chichibu in Japan, one of the country's leading new distillers, selected by and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. This has been matured in a small chibidaru 'cute cask' – a 125l quarter cask – and has some smokiness to it, giving it an intense and multi-layered peat-and-oak character. It's the second bottling in our Chichibu Martial Arts Trilogy.Tasting Notes (1)
This release of three single-cask Chichibu whiskies – with three-dimensional lenticular labels designed by Elixir Distillers creative director Raj ‘MrC’ Chavda – celebrates Japanese martial arts and the great whisky being made at Chichibu. The very limited series consists of 2014-vintage beer and chibidaru casks, and a 2015-vintage ex-bourbon cask.
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Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Freshly cooked rice, milled barley and Portuguese custard tarts, although light on the sugar. Rich and savoury at first, with hints of sweet grain developing. Fresh baguettes, slathered in very good butter, are join by crisp and buttery croissants, and hints of salty preserved lemon and candied violet. Grilled ears of sweet corn – complete with husks – and soft charcoal smokiness drifts around the edges.
Soft smoke leads: burning mint leaves, charred oak and dusty charcoal. Anise follows the mint along with dark chocolate, bright green spring leaves and a touch of gravel. Sweetness builds, much more noticeable than on the nose, and grilled apples and pears sit alongside mint fondant and sweet dark chocolate.
Singed wood and charcoal ash linger with charred apples and mint slowly fading.
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