Chichibu Paris Edition 2018

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ichiro's Malt
3 Mizunara + 2 French Oak Casks
Number of bottles
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml
France France
Added on
16 sep 2018 2:46 pm by MrYens
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1372.50

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235 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Chichibu Paris Edition 2018

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.01 points.

  1. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A "classic" Chichibu that will delight all of its followers.
    The nose is really nice, slight disappointment on the rest.
    • Nose
      A nose first very honeyed, vanilla and almonds.
      Then it develops on fruits, many fruits (apricots, peaches ... melon?). A slight woody blend with the whole.
      With water: the nose becomes more pastry on the fruit pie and almonds.
    • Taste
      Attack quite keen on spices and mainly woody. (Plant?)
      It calms down quickly to find a "classic" mouth on cocoa, vanilla and honey.
      With water we lose many flavors.
    • Finish
      Nice length on oak, vanilla and almonds.
      With water, nothing more.

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  3. TomP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Tasted blind.

    First Chichibu for me, and a total disappointment. Underdeveloped, muted, and beaten by every other young malt in the tasting (Millstone, Waterford, Starward, and Cotswolds). IMO this is on par, or actually slightly worse, than peated make from Bladnoch, and I wouldn't buy a bottle for €40, let alone the prices these retail at.
    • Nose
      Oddly inexpressive compared to the other malts on the table. Dry wood, woodshop ambience, faint menthol, wet naan bread dough (regular white bread dough + yogurt), and pears swimming in ethanol. I didn't catch the smoke on the first nosing, but with water it is there, and some faint medicinal touches. First thought was this is some cradle-robbed Longrow or somesuch.
    • Taste
      Stuffy (doughy and yeasty), and spicy. Oh wait, there is some PPM here! Noticeable compared to the rest of the tasting lineup where there is none. The peat isn't that strong (doesn't feel like Springbank levels even), and the whole is a bit 'meh' for me, like it would need at least double or triple the time in the casks to become something.
    • Finish
      Long but simple aftertaste. You can really notice how the peat builds a stronger, more lasting finish for a young whisky than what you get with no peat and mostly cask-forward tastes, but while length is a good thing, I would like some variety or complexity as well.

      Supposedly this is unpeated Chichibu, but it's "unpeated" the way those special Caol Ila OBs are "unpeated", not unpeated like Glengoyne.

  5. jjkmlss scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Beewax, honey, peach, melon with almond, alcohol stings brought a pickled ginger-like feel.

    Palate: Honey, melon and peach with some white gourd tea.

    Body: Very, very stingy, hot as hell. The texture is somehow thick, but it's still very young and untamed.

    Finish: medium length with mineral and honey, kiwifruit at the end.

    Overall: An average young whisky from a top-overrated/hyped distillery led by few very motivated bloggers supported by J-whisky flippers.

  6. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Malty and mellow, light and fresh, sweet and flowery. Elderflower, honey, damp soil in the morning, freshly baked bread, bowl of muesli and raisins. Light spring onion, minty like sensation.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Luksusowa; Potato vodka. Spicy, woody like, Fjellbrød and Havre Kjeks. Multigrain oatmeal bread. Vegetative. Pineapple, tingling sensation after eating a chili pepper.

      Scented candle.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium and fruity. Some elements of pear and lingonberry.

  8. kanpai79 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  9. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  10. Kumachan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    - Origin: Japan, Saitama, Chichibu.
    - 5 Hogshead with Mizunara virgin head (Japanese oak) and 2 new French oak.

    Special edition to celebrate the anniversary of 160 years of Franco-Japanese friendship.
    Editions, even "basic" Chichibu tear more and more.

    ● The dress.
    Many tears thick with large irregular drops.

    ● The nose.
    Open on cereals, malted barley, a sweet vanilla accompanied by a soft caramel.
    White flowers reminiscent of hawthorn, honey of white flowers, fruit too: Pear and nashi.
    The wood is soft and velvety without aggressiveness, fine. Some barks of lemon and orange, mandarin and papaya.
    A small amount of spices close the nose.

    ● The mouth.
    Tender, syrupy and sweet on white flowers and honey.
    The cereals come slightly tickling the tongue wrapped by a sweet and young vanilla wood.
    Pear and nashi, pineapple, papaya and gray pepper. Mineral and crystalline, lemon, a little clove and a slight vegetable.

    ● The final.
    Long, busty, exotic.
    Pepper and cloves.

    A gourmet and complete Chichibu while remaining spicy and complex, it will grow on the length.
    Really good and interesting.

    If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 89.

  11. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A pretty good nose. Fruit, violet, pulp, nothing very sexy for me.
    On the palate it is another story: fine texture, evanescent with a beautiful fruity and small herbaceous touches.
    Bright final!

    Nose 2/5
    Mouth and final 4/5

    Whisky n ° 1856

  13. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice. One of the best Chichibus I've tasted.
    • Nose
      On the nose it's quite sweet and not too much like some other chichibu. The vatted malt side allows some restraint?
      We are on bourbon, coconut, peach, apricot, wood a little green. A little blackcurrant. Light ginger.
      Pretty classic but we feel that there is mizunara.
      Very light camphor.
      One of the most pleasant noses I had at Chichibu.
    • Taste
      In the mouth the potato is the. A lot of fruits. A can in tropical, yellow and white. Spices, wood, cinnamon and some dark chocolate powder.
    • Finish
      Long enough finish on chocolate and wood. A bit bitter but ok.

  14. Whiskytempel did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    give this CHICHIBU a bit time (at least 15 minutes) to breath - then it's gonna please you very much. PARIS edition shows a quite typical intense style, which lot of fresh and crisp flavours, you immediately know, that a CHICHIBU is in the glass. A few drops of water opens the liquid and you get fresh peach, pineapple and a nice grapefruit flavour, so it's kinda mix of sweet and sours aromas. definitely a very iconic CHICHIBU - the artwork is great and both, collectors and drinkers will enjoy this fine piece of Japanese whisky art


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