Ichiro’s Malt Double Distilleries X Komagatake 2021 Release Japanese Blended Malt Whisky

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A very special limited release of Ichiro's Malts Double Distilleries series, a vatting of whiskies from the Chichibu and Mars Shinshu distilleries.

This release - of which there is a Mars-bottled sister release - dates back to 2015 when the two distilleries swapped new make spirit to mature at their respective distilleries. 

This release Chichibu x Komagatake (Komagatake is a name used for Mars releases) has been bottled at 53.5%. There are 10,200 bottles in the release.

A translation from the back label:

"The Chichibu distillery, which started operation in 2008, and the Hombo Shuzp Mars Shinsu Distillery, which resumed distillation in 2011.

"Launched by two highly motivated distilleries in pursuit of new possibilities for Japanese whisky, the project began six years ago with the exchange of raw liquor. The Chichibu Distillery, which is rich in nature and has benefited from the temperature difference peculiar to the basin and Arakawa River, and the Mars Shinshu Distillery, which is surrounded by beautiful forests and the foot of Mt. Kisokoma in the Central Alps.

"The undiluted [alcohol] that has been aged in these two environments is blended in each region and expressed as two new personalities. Please enjoy the charm of Japanese whisky with various personalities."

Chichibu and Ichiro Malt’s are behind some of the most exciting releases of Japanese whisky since the distillery was founded in 2007. Located in Chichibu in the Saitama prefecture was founded by Ichiro Akuto, who’s garnered a reputation as the “rockstar” of Japanese whisky.

Creating exceptional young single malts and world blended whiskies, their first 10-year-old single malt was released in 2020. Demand has long out-stripped supply from the small distillery and in 2015 Ichiro began setting up a second distillery, Chichibu #2, two minutes from the original one but five times the size. The new distillery is expected to produce a more robust style of spirit.

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