- Whiskybase ID
- Blended Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Ichiro's Malt
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Long Neck Bottle
- Added on
- 03 Dec 2010 11:20 am
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146 × member ratings
517 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Ichiro's Double Distilleries
27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.74 points
- Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/Qv4vtRpc5NE
- Appearance: Medium Golden.
Nose: Honey, pot spices, raisin, sherry, apple, light chocolate.
Palate: Vanilla, honey, spice, caramel. Soft and sweet.
Finish: Honey, spices, pepper.
With Water: Softer and sweeter.
Overall: I cannot say I paid fullest attention to this, but then again, it did not draw it out of me either. A sweet and simple dram and was quite tasty but not particularly inspiring. I just can’t get past the hype on these.
- Chichibu & Hanyu
The world has gone completely mad about the Chichibu releases, that sell for big bucks… if you first won a ballot to be allowed to buy a bottle, that is. It does not get any crazier than this. This is an older release – albeit still available – from Ichiro-san; his Double Distilleries. The name refers to the fact that this contains young malt from his new Chichibu distillery, vatted with the legendary Hanyu malt from his grandfather’s distillery that closed in 2004.
The nose is surprisingly simply. Sweet barley sugars, young apples, yuzu, hazelnuts and caramel. Hint of apricot and flowery honey. Slowly evolves towards toffee apples and macadamia nuts. A fresh note of mint. I would have guessed a Lowlander if tasted blind.
The body is light. Again fresh and bright on honey, apples and some apricots, but I do get a little prickle now from white pepper, ginger and cinnamon. Very sweet indeed. But nothing earth shattering.
The finish is rather short, sweet on honey with a bit of vanilla and pepper.
The angel on my right shoulder says ‘Japanese whisky with Hanyu, must be great, right?’, while the devil on my left shoulder whispers ‘A lot of young Chichibu with just a drop of Hanyu’. Anyway, 130 EUR is a lot of money. Thanks, Marcel.
- A moment that I had not tasted. Here I tasted the batch 74 (the higher it is, the less H there is a priori ...). It's quite different from the first, much older batches. The nose is a little nasty and not very elegant but it is well drinkable. Missing a bit of potato in the mouth.
Nose strong enough and chiselled Peach, oak, vanilla, fresh sugarcane. A little green and young.
In the mouth chemical candy, sweet fruits. Papaya, pear, peach. Vanilla, licorice.
Long finish on the fruits of the mouth.
- Excellent whiskey, delicate and balanced but with a remarkable personality. Better without water.
Very fragrant aroma, sweet, fruity, vanilla, custard, almond milk, after a while the cereals, bread crust come out. Graceful and intoxicating fragrance. A herbaceous note of aromatic herbs emerges with water, while almond and vanilla vanish and the bread crust is accentuated
In the mouth the body is light, just a little tannic. Creamy, but not very sweet, indeed there is a hint of bitter almonds, but still very pleasant and very elegant. With water it becomes more anonymous, loses consistency and even flavor.
Quite long, creamy finish, a hint of cocoina just before fading. With water it becomes less creamy, but maintains consistency and persistence.