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Chichibu Double Matured Newborn Cask 446

Excellent Embryo

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

5th Dec 2011


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The Chichibu was founded as recently as 2007. This new make was distilled in May 2008 and bottled in October 2009, produced from non Braemer non-peated barley. It matured for a year on a bourbon barrel before receiving a five-month finish on virgin American oak.

Wow! What a fruity nose. Gooseberry, apple, tangerine and even some raisins. Subtle vanilla and ginger. Slightly waxy. Excellent nose for such an embryonic whisky.

With such a high ABV, you will gasp for air after the first sip. But what good new make indeed! The fruity aromas are transformed into taste on the palate, but with a few extras: more citrus and cinnamon. Even leans towards sherry influence. I am reluctant to say it, but this is fairly complex and mature.

The finish is long, sweet and very spicy.

What a pleasant surprise. This has yet to reach the age of two and already developed like this? It can hold its own next to quite a few 12 Year Old Scotches, I kid you not. An excellent embryo. Chichibu rises swiftly on my list of Japanese distilleries.

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Fons commented

I saw the bottle on the whivie site, and it already has got a wonderful colour, for such a young whisky (well, new make). Do you know if it's the natural colour? It sure sounds great, one more added on the list.

12 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Fons, it is non-chilfiltered and non-colored, so yes, completely natural. With only 335 bottles available, I wish you luck in tracking one down.

12 years ago 0

Fons commented

Thanks a lot, but it seems an obvious fool's errand. :D A damn shame though.

12 years ago 0

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