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Chichibu The First

Not one of easiest whiskies to find from Ian Buxton’s 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die and not one of the cheapest either for a 3 year old expression. On the plus side it is bottled at a whopping 61.8% ABV so if you spend all that money and decide you don’t like it you can always use it around the house as disinfectant. I doubt it will come to that because, cost aside, it is pretty good and an example of how good younger whisky can be and also how good bourbon cask expressions can be. For the pedants out there (and also for my own records as I realize I have been a lacking in this department from time to time) this was bottle 3295 out of 7400, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2011. The nose has classic bourbon cask caramel and vanilla and at this ABV the alcohol is also present. The taste is malt led then comes lots of milk chocolate and toasted coconut. The young feisty spirit and mature cask seems well balanced but perhaps not quite as integrated as complex as I would like. Lively stuff with a finish that ends with a minty note. Takes water well as you might expect, no need for the eye dropper or pipette with this one.

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Indeed

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