Chichibu 2008

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ichiro's Malt - The First
Stated Age
03 years old
Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
61.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
31 Jan 2012 8:09 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1238.23

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Whisky Reviews for Chichibu 2008

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.38 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is the third time I have tasted this Chichibu, and I had been disappointed the first two (80/100). This is a good opportunity to spend a little more time on it.
    And ... no, still not.

    The finale is on the new spirit. The nose is difficult. In the mouth it's better, but hey ... disappointment. The series that followed at Chichibu was of better quality in my opinion (Chibidaru, Peated, Floor malted)
    • Nose
      84 84
      You can smell alcohol very strongly.
      Lemon, white grapes, flour, vanilla. A little wood, orange peel. Harlequin. Bread crumbs.
      It's simple.
    • Taste
      85 85
      In the mouth we have apple, pear, and a nice dose of vanilla.
      Fudge, caramel. A nice tarte tatin?
      Always flour and bread.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Final on gin, aromatic herbs, pepper, ginger.

  2. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Already very good drinkable with nice, own sounds, but if you spend more than 80 Euro, you can not help that either (and I'm a Chichi fan).
    • Nose
      Pretty filigree in the nose for so much%, some lemon, granulated sugar, sweet cereals, light honey, grapes, vanilla, marshmallows
    • Taste
      Lemon gums extremely, sweet ginger, crystal sugar again, camphor, mint, light toffee and honey, some kiwi, light malt, cereals
    • Finish
      Medium long, still with citrus notes, a little young malt, camphor

  4. ricallende scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    At only three years of age, this whisky proves that Chichibu has a wonderful foundation for great older whiskies to come
    • Nose
      Warm milk soaked Weetabix, a new catcher’s mitt and lemon bars.  All of those scents are so well integrated and inviting.
    • Taste
      Very creamy and rich. Truth be told the mouth experience mirrors the nosing experience so well.
    • Finish
      Medium in length with spiced citrus fruits

  5. fileosoph scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Now i realise I’m late to the game, but i won’t miss the party. I was getting acquainted with Yamazaki in 2011 when the 10yo was less than £40 in Sainsbury’s!

    N: Rich caramac, oily cereals and a solid [porridge-paste] mash base – albeit with prunes, stewed apples and hey,. apple strudel! Then there’s the bubblegum dunnage – well thats bourbon casks talking. Then there’s hot [and spitting] golden syrup. Ha, love the nose – it conjures up all sorts of childish whimsy in me

    T: There’s continuity here with a heavy, dark, porridge-paste malt, one that cloys a touch

    F: ,….. long long unravel before cocoa spirit calls last orders.

    C: What a fine start for this distillery, and only three years old! Let’s see how a 3yo Chichibu was a year on WB.

    Scores a C+

    N: This is a previous note [just found], of my first contact with ‘The first' and i find this has a Mannochmore-esque 'roar' and a rawness i like. Water softens everything and accentuates the vanilla.

    T: With water [definitely recommended], it journeys 'straight as a die' as a thick yet neutral bourbon cask whisky. Mellows into the finish,....

    F: .... yet conversely stays vibrant and full-bodied with a healthy apricot sour to conclude.

    C: What a platform for future realises, a 'sharp as steel', faultless young malt with signs of maturity preceding its years.

    Scores a C [82]

    ,.... So let's split the difference 

  7. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Flasch now emptied Jan. 2018, I tasted wonderful. Not drinking for a long time, slightly sweetish, very good. Rate him high. The distillates with the old Hanyu stills were simply more sophisticated than those with the new double-capacity stills. Ichiro, my friend, this whisky is something special, make another one! That should be expensive once. I'm still going to reload efforts and regret any I've ever sold. Actually a good whisky, but I have 2 bottles of different impressions. It may be that the palate was different, the tasting was almost 9 months apart. The 1st drunk in August 15. I liked him very much. The second bottle opened in March 16, I thought it was good. Between refreshingly lemony and then again wooden, like Steven Seagal in his Hau-Back Kung Fu films. You can taste what you want, it's always true. He has his own edges, but luckily he is not smoky. On new German. The ekke has and lemon, sometimes strong like ,,,, knows nothing. Tell elephant or tiger this. Believe that expensive because first. I do not give a merry, would buy better, if you give drekksbillig, tell me full blatantly, you get little coal, enough for 3 tank bensin for rust your.

  8. cavalier66 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Lightly fragrant, floral, oriental incense, orchard fruits, citrus underneath, ripe and
    green bananas, sandalwood, vanilla, fudge, creamy, some spirit,
    prickly. Cask comes out with water, becomes creamier and more floral. Aperitf style.  Super for a 3 year old.

  9. molar3rd scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Lots of vanilla, some Lemon sherbet with hints of Cigar leaves. On the other hand its kind of floral big time too. A second sniff reveals notes of sweet dough. Very fresh with certain bourbon-y like qualities.
    Palate: whoa! At 61.8 this is a cracker. Big. Big. Vanilla. Tobacco. Chilly. Sugary. Gingery. Bubble-gum. a melange of flavours and very rich and big bodied. A baby, but actually feels older.
    Finish : Long. Malty. Wee bitter with tea and tobacco leaves and spice.



  10. Cast Olila scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85


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