Ichiro’s Malt, Chichibu On The Way 2019 Japanese Single Malt Whisky
This 2019 release of Ichiro’s Chichibu On The Way is the final bottling of the ‘On the Way’ series, from a batch of 52 casks, all matured for between 5 and 10 years, ending it’s epic adventure towards Chichibu’s first 10 year bottling. They are mainly first-fill ex-bourbon, but there are also some second-fill chibidaru casks in the mix, as well as some hogsheads with mizunara (Japanese oak) heads and some peated whisky. (earlier editions were : 2013 (3 to 5 years old casks) and 2015 (5 to 7 years old casks).
Nose: Fruit, fruit and more fruit – the fruitiest Chichibu I’ve ever tried. Sweet apples, just-ripe pears, fresh pineapple, plump sultanas, dessert grapes and dried apricot. Coconut cream and a dusting of desiccated coconut follow, with buttery pastry and a touch of double cream not far behind. Hints of polished oak and spring-meadow honeysuckle develop.
Palate: Rich and rounded, with sweet butter and buttery pastry dipping into lightly stewed fruit: the apples and pears from the nose with a sprinkling of dried pineapple. Sake-like notes of white melon and strawberry laces build, with yeasty touches and malted milk biscuits. Soft spice sits at the back.
Finish: Green grass and flaky-pastry-topped apple pies. Gentle char notes develop with a touch of tannic pear skin.
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