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IPA Cask Finish Japanese Single Malt Whisky - 2017 Release
Unique, innovative and fiercely hipster; combining craft brewery India Pale Ale and Japan’s hottest whisky distillery. Every Chichibu release feels like it rocks the whisky world to its very foundations, but few more so than this limited edition of just 6,700 bottles. Ichiro Akuto lent some empty whisky casks to Shiga Kogen Brewery – located near the Yamanouchi ski and hot spring resort in Nagano prefecture – to age an IPA in. They then returned the beer-washed barrels, which were used to finish a whisky that had previously been matured in Bourbon casks. The resulting dram has a real IPA character; think intense hoppy bitterness, papaya, mango, melon, lemongrass and grapefruit. Then layered on top of that is the peppercorn, barbequed lemon, heather honey, mince pie and Turkish delight from Chichibu’s malt. This whisky is a superstar in the making and unlike anything Harvey Nichols has ever tasted before.
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, 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.
£64.29 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2603158
Style No.: 670043
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 57.5%
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