Ichiro's Malt MWR Japanese Blended Malt Whisky
Highly respected industry expert, Dave Broom, once said of this whisky that “once encountered, never forgotten.”
Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve, or MWR to its friends, is a legendary blend of malt whiskies matured in mizunara. For those not familiar with this exciting wood, it’s time for a brief history lesson. After World War II, Japan found it very hard to secure barrels to mature its whisky in, but demand was growing. So, they turned to Japanese oak, also known as mizunara. It’s very difficult to work with, making it expensive and rare, but it imparts exotic aromas of sandalwood, incense and spices. Whiskies aged in it are therefore always intriguing, unique and highly sought-after.
MWR was created by the maestro Ichiro Akuto, formerly of Hanyu and now at Chichibu, from his rare and ever-dwindling stocks. It oozes honey, toffee apple, sandalwood, greengage, peaches roasted with spices, pink grapefruit, the incense that lingers in Japanese temples, and something reminiscent of a stroll through towering redwoods in the sunshine. Don’t miss out on what is likely a fleeting opportunity.
Chichibu is a modern legend, founded in 2004 by Ichiro Akuto, formerly of Suntory, Karuizawa and BenRiach. In addition to an already impressive CV, this man also rescued Hanyu Distillery’s last remaining casks (rumoured to be around 400 casks), propelling him into hero territory within the whisky world. Chichibu, based in Saitama, became operational in 2008 and produces malt whisky in tiny volumes but of exceptional quality. The attention to detail is phenomenal, as illustrated by the fact the team travel to Norfolk every year to make their own malt and even cooper their own barrels and mizunara washbacks. Releases are snapped up by its cult following, so anything you see available – such as this – represents a fleeting and intriguing opportunity. Something very special is happening at this young distillery – there’s a freedom and vibrancy rare in this industry – those who invest ahead of the curve will be mightily rewarded.
£17.14 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2539358
Style No.: 650448
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