Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Bamboo wood and cherry blossom
Stated Age
06 years old
1st Fill Ex-Pinot Noir Barrique
Number of bottles
59.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Nov 2018 2:46 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1499.00

12 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Chichibu 2011 SMWS 130.3

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points

  1. Campie did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    It's an absolute disgrace that German shop Whisky Temple is selling this whisky at a price of 1295 euro, while it was sold by the SMWS last month for around 180 euro. Shame on you!

  2. Lafrog did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

    12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

    Cask No. 130.3: Bamboo wood and cherry


  3. FernetBranco scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    Only available in set with 93.99 (https://www.smws.com/drambletown-loch - 72.00 GBP) for a total of 219 GBP. Price was December 2018 therefore probably at about 150.00 GBP.

  4. Tauti scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    SMWS notes:

    Bamboo wood and cherry blossom

    This distillery was established in 2008. After three years in a bourbon barrel this whisky was transferred into a pinot noir hogshead. The nose definitely gets the red wine, also cola cubes, cherry Tunes, Jolly Ranchers, redcurrant, chocolate orange and polished furniture. The palate picks up sherry notes, sweet rosé wine, tonic wine and grappa, with stewed apples, cherry pie, coconut and cough mixture. The reduced nose has red laces, bamboo wood and cherry blossom, while the palate finds honey on toast and ripe fig with a dry, spicy and perfumed finish – lots of flavour and really quite complex for its age.

  5. Jack McClane scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    So with the part I really fell out of my face. Thanks @fernet branco I was allowed to taste a sample of this young Japanese and am really surprised.

    With youthful drops I am fundamentally skeptical and expected a sprightly metallic sprout. Not even close!
    • Nose
      92 92
      What flows here to the aroma cargo from the glass is really impressive. Especially coconut is what I perceive first. Then exotic wood notes and a strong sweetness. I let the drop last a good 15 minutes - the development is fascinating.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The drop has a strong onset and brizzes a good pound on the tongue.

      Then great notes similar to a bounty bar, coconut and dark chocolate. Followed by strong woody notes without any bitterness. This drop is heavy and oily, a certain paralysis in the mouth makes it wide, but not unpleasant.

      After that a lot sweeter and notes of caramelized walnuts and something reminiscent of brittle.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The taste stays really long and this combination of coconut, nuts, chocolate and wood is delicious. Time for the next sip.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Typical Japanese - high quality but not exceptional
    • Nose
      90 90
      Woody, nutty, some dried fruits, raisins, dry hay, hints of vanilla, nougat, honey, spices - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, more nutty, more raisins, spices, again little vanilla, little fruitiness, oak wood, little citrusy, hints of leather too
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warm, spicy

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    banana, toffee, cedar wood, coconut, very pleasant

  8. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. FernetBranco scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88


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