Chichibu IPA Cask Finish

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ichiro's Malt
IPA Cask Finish
Number of bottles
57.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Sep 2017 12:33 pm by Vassago Clynelish
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 624,53

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Whisky Reviews for Chichibu IPA Cask Finish

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.18 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      It is announced velvety. Apple tart / caramel from the oven. Aged. Presents of fruit from the orchard, yeast, and beer bring dynamism.
    • Taste
      Powerful initially, a beautiful sweetness is put in place. Very fruity, the beer is quite marked. Slight bitterness.
    • Finish
      Sweet, delicate and floral.

      The profile is very original, that's what seduced me.

      Nose & mouth 4/5
      Final 3/5

      Whisky n ° 1972

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    union for the best?
    • Nose
      very fresh, floral, on the rose water!
      yeast, malt, hops
      it's sweet too with wild honey
    • Taste
      fire water of life!
      grassy, ​​floral, it really looks like the brewer's yeast, it's confusing, a bit bitter, bunting, the leaven of the bread too
      the fruits are amalgamated and set back on the green apple, we also have the impression of lavender, a little synthetic!
    • Finish
      floral on the rose

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not for people who like classic whisky and reject experiments, because rarely (except from Sweden probably) I had a crazier result, but it works.
    • Nose
      Crazy, virtually no whisky anymore, smells like a mixture of new make and desperados (the tequila-beer-mix), also some young, but very good grappa, peach, mango, papaya, light honey, pear juice, grapes, watermelon, Camphor, turmeric, rose water, hops
    • Taste
      In fact, the tropical beer goes well with Chichibu, you can see Chichibu's banana-creamy-malty character, the exotic nose rug, white pepper, camphor, light honey, young plums, grated coconut
    • Finish
      Dried and roasted mango, papaya, melon, coconut, hops, medium-long

  4. Syleo scored this whisky 62 points Expert Junior

    Admittedly, compared to many other IPA finishes such as the Glenfiddich IPA or the Jameson Caskmates, the influence of the bacteria here is many times clearer. Unfortunately, however, the finish presents itself in a very soapy and musty way for me, which does not really work for me with the word enjoyment. Strange, especially in view of the otherwise rather enthusiastic reviews everywhere ...
    • Nose
      62 62
      Clearly, the hops of the IPA Casks announce themselves right in the nose, behind them rise caramel and citrus, along with bananas, grapes and finally - hand cream with chamomile. Chocolate with coconut (let's call it bazaar advertising for simplicity's sake what it is: Bounty), oatmeal cookies and cattle feed at the same time remind of a rather obtrusive modrigkeit. I really like them in the IPA as a beer, but surprisingly it does not work for me in whisky.
    • Taste
      64 64
      Spicy and buttery, the beer also clearly hits the palate - from acidulous to floral to perfumed, reminiscent of the camomile hand cream or medicinal vegetable oil; just the kind of scented oil that I do not really like in many Irish distillates. These can not completely cover the clearer malt and caramel notes, violets and the handful of salted potato chips.
    • Finish
      60 60
      Creamy, musty beer, yeast, a decent oak and also some honey and cold vegetable broth are not left behind too long.

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  6. el Gato scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      YES! Really is IPA. Beer and hops. Green Apples. Lemon Herbs. Floral. Minty. Some pear?
    • Taste
      88 88
      Hops! Lemons again. Honey, Vanilla. Spicy. Lavender. Some green apples
    • Finish
      87 87
      Bittersweet. Slightly more herbal. Lavender. Spicy all the way. Long finish. The IPA finish really made an impact.

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I really enjoyed the nose, but a bit flat on the palate.
    • Nose
      A big and unique nose! Lichees, rose water, hop flowers. Like an IPA.
    • Taste
      Rosewater, mellow and sweet, a bit watery.
    • Finish
      Medium, pungent alcohol.

  8. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Chichibu IPA Cask Finish almost delivers two whiskies in one – straight out of the bottle it is exceedingly cask forward, but rather than tons of wood, this delivers heaps of bright, sharp IPA – there’s much more impact than any beer matured whisky I’ve tried to date. Dilution initially lessens the hop-driven flavours, dialling up the natural estery flavour of the Chichibu distillate for a spirit forward experience. The fact that the ale characteristics return so strongly after a short period in the glass is rather fascinating, and again, something I’ve rarely experienced – usually once reduced, you’ve got what you’ve got and the original profile will never return.

    Transformations aside, is Chichibu IPA Cask Finish any good though? To my palate the answer is yes – there’s integration, balance and boldness of flavour - I’d heartily recommend sourcing a bottle. But, I think this one might divide the room – if you’re adverse to beer (heavens above), or in particular the citrus tang of many pale ales, you may well struggle with this.

    Experimental? Novelty? Well, I guess both. But, that alone shouldn’t cloud your judgement of this or any other whisky – without the innovation, without trial and error, the industry would be an exceedingly dry and dull place and our experiences as enthusiasts would be destined to be rather linear. 
    • Nose
      Does exactly as it says on the bottle – immediate and pronounced hoppiness (Cascade, and certainly Citra hops). This is joined by an assortment of fruits – particularly dusty pineapple and melon. Maltiness (no surprise given beer influence) is quite high, but tempered by interesting florals – spearmint and pine needles. In the background a touch of earthiness and also mild salinity (where did that come from?). The addition of water broadens the fruit selection to include orange and pear, and initially lessens the IPA influence – this however returns with force after a little time resting in the glass.
    • Taste
      An impactful arrival that delivers tropical fruits (roasted pineapples and guavas), bright and fresh oranges and again – IPA (particularly retronasally). Citrus runs strongly though the palate from the hops and from peels and rinds. It balances well against underlying maltiness, creamy vanilla and perceivable earthiness – mushrooms and forest ferns. Florals are still present (and possibly driven by the IPA influence), pine again, but now with an interesting lavender flavour. Water again rebalances the fruit assortment introducing stone fruits (peach and apricot) and some slight chalkiness to the body of the whisky. There’s less noticeable beer initially when reduced, but again, similarly to the nose, this returns after resting.
    • Finish
      Quite long with hoppiness, dusty pepper, light ginger and plenty of tart citrus/citra

  9. Hemdl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I had it in the glass a few times now, and the hop note still makes it into an exciting dram for me that deviates from the norm and offers me something that is so rare. Therefore I do not regret the purchase. Is Malt really worth the money compared to other malts? No, not in my eyes. In the price range you get certainly multilayered and better malts. If you like beer, you may like to try it.
    • Nose
      The influence of Pale Ale is directly noticeable and directly interesting, even though I rarely drink beer and I like it very little. Here, however, directly spicy hops and sweet malt. The latter mixes with some sweetish-fruity notes of young fruits and some lemon zest. The "beery" character flashes though in spite of the noticeably younger malts again and again and ensures an exciting bottom note.
    • Taste
      The hops and IPA influence on the palate initially blown away. Strong, but not alcoholic onset. Then some honey and something that reminds me of essential oils that my mother used to like to put on the fireplace. Is that fir? The still tangible tropical fruits from the nose form an interesting contrast. Sweet, but not too sweet or sweet. At the point, however, I still lack some depth and maturity at the end. That's not bad, really not. But very superficial.
    • Finish
      Here, too, essential oils, some oak and honey sweetness. Rather short until at best medium length. In the end, a young, slightly immature note that remains over. Then definitely missing the maturity. At some point the hop note will form again on the tongue - yummy!

  10. AlainMalt09 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89


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