- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Ichiro's Malt
- Number of bottles
- 48.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 29 Sep 2019 1:51 am by kanpai79
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Whisky Reviews for Chichibu London Edition 2019
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.05 points
- Very delicious stuff. Had a sample sent and immediately bought a bottle. By far the tastiest bottle they've produced in comparison to their other expressions.
- Chichibu London Edition 2019
Definite fungus on the nose, dusty and lacks any real sweetness. Not getting much more on the nose, what is there is having to be worked for. The palate is gentle but grows with air, it's subtle with a delicate middle and a strong finish.
It's a big average in truth... Nice but nothing to write home about
- Color: Full Gold
Nose: Lush, fresh fruit. Honestly, on first nosing, it doesn't come across as all that youthful. Now, you're not necessarily getting any hallmarks of an "old" whisky either. That's to say, there's not any over-active oak coming through. Frequently, though, when you have whisky this young that's not peated, not sherried, and not aged in big first-fill wood, you can find a strong yeasty, bread-like note. There's none of that. More concentration reveals a light minerality and some sourness. A few drops of water brings out a bit more wood spice, but not a ton.
Taste: Nice arrival with no heat to speak of and a pleasant, medium mouthfeel. There's more bread on the palate than the nose, but it's not at all yeasty. Instead, it has a rich, toasted grain flavor. Note, it's not at all like a grain whisky; I mean grain itself. It's balanced by some soft honeys, which provide a little sweetness, but nothing over-the-top. Just damned tasty. Similarly to the nose, there's a little more wood felt with water. I'd say it's just fine neat.
Finish: Fairly long for such a young whisky and very refreshing.
Comments: I was fortunate enough to have been selected in TWE's ballot process to purchase a bottle. It was certainly expensive for a whisky this age, but the quality is there. This outperforms much older, similarly-priced single malts--no question about it. I wouldn't be inclined to pay the secondary market prices now, but I can also understand why there's so much demand to own Chichibu right now given how good it is and the general dynamics with Japanese whisky at the moment.
This whisky is one of my favorite styles: big, fresh fruit that is balanced with the honey and grain. I also can detect from this why some of their peated bottlings have gotten such rave reviews. I tried one myself, but it was much younger (2010 vintage/bottled 2013), so it's a bit hard to compare. This, on the other hand, would provide a pretty damn near perfect foundation for the peat and I suspect the interaction of the flavors would be something worth savoring. In any event, this was a very good, young malt as it stands. A definite recommendation.
- Light, fresh and floral, The character of the spirit works well with the cask to give this a lot more character than a seven-year-old whisky
C: I’d never have guessed the relatively high abv. Effortlessly barley-faithful [naturally], with an unusual-yet-familiar profile,… what is this? Stout, of course! Last year’s Imperial stout cask #3537 was rather fabulous [WLP90].