Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
"A complete revelation"
Stated Age
04 years old
Virgin Oak Puncheon
Number of bottles
58.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L14 314 14:39 8ML
Added on
01 dec 2014 10:41 am by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3420.65

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32 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Chita 2009 SMWS G13.1

5 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.43 points.

  1. whisk_guy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    0.15 left
    opened for nearly a year
    Glassware: Lehmann
    Colour: Dark Gold
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pungent, intense vanilla, lychee and oak, nail polish, white peach, lychee soda, fruit vinegar, citrus, ginger, marshmallow, light red berries and toffee
    • Taste
      89 89
      Medium body, very smooth, elegant popcorn syrup, sweet oakiness, ginger, oak spike, light nail polish then light vanilla, lychee and citrus
      6/10 Sweet
      7/10 Spice
      4/10 Sour
    • Finish
      88 88
      Popcorn, citrus with honey touch, mild oak
      A bit dry mouth feeling
      Length: Medium major (2min23sec)

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  3. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind tasting:
      Already when pouring a beautiful, sweet honey note came out of the glass. Slight adhesive note and vanilla. Everything but very sweet. Pickled fruits. But they are so close together that I now say fruit basket. He's turning me on a bit now. : Love: Great nose. With some time in the glass comes cold peppermint tea. Subtle roast aromas in the background. Rich, fat body. The alcohol is very back. Plum and a trace of leather. I still find ripe, juicy berries. Marzipan and chocolate. Like this marzipan / chocolate part of Zentis.
    • Taste
      Full, oily, sweet onset. Full honey charge. Slight biting on tongue. Boh, that tastes good. In the taste then comes out slightly oak. Except for the roasted aromas and the leather, the taste of the nose is reflected. A pleasant nutty bitterness is added. But this heavy sweetness is above all else. Also has something of cough syrup on herbal base.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, oily. The complete mouth is occupied. Subtle nutty bitterness and now some leather.

  5. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Saugeil !! 4 years? 58.3%, grain? Megasüffig !!
    • Nose
      Cold mint tea with caramel. That is crazy. From the background now comes vanilla and a distinct coconut. Sweet, creamy fruits. Has something of instant tea with peach flavor. Do I turn it on? Nope, have only 2cl. Let the colleagues stand. Freshly sawn oak wood. Haribo cola bottle.
    • Taste
      What's that horny shit. Damn it is tasty. Accidentally knocked the whole 2cl away. The peppermint tea, the caramel, the vanilla with the coconut, the sweet fruits, all beautifully creamy present. The alcohol pushes something and brings with it a certain spiciness. Oh man, it's empty and I can not try it.
    • Finish
      Medium long, creamy sweet, a bit bitterness

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge from Whisyfun says:

    Chita 4 yo 2011/2014 (58.3%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Japanese single grain, #G13.1, virgin oak puncheon, 622 bottles)  This is grain whisky by Suntory. I think it’s the first Chita I’ve ever tried. Colour: deep gold. Nose: the oak’s doing the job here, but it is some magnificent oak! Orange cake, dried roses, mellow ginger cake, a touch of old sherry (rather amontillado), some incense, sandalwood, then a wee feeling of pina colada, then plenty of white chocolate… And even a wee feeling of rye, such as what we can find in some ‘good’ new craft Americans. Granted, there are pencil shavings as well, but all that’s under control. With water: oak, at some carpenter’s, new planks, new furniture… And yet, that music works. Mouth (neat): we’re sitting between some much older Willett and some Coffey Malt by another excellent Japanese house. Bursting ginger and cinnamon, then bitter oranges, tobacco, nutmeg, caraway, orange squash, pencil shavings again, rye… Lots happening in this one, and that’s an euphemism. With water: banana cream, cinnamon cake, millionaire shortbread… Isn’t this baby a little… regressive? Finish: quite long and very oaky. Nicely oaky! Comments: some four years old grain whisky, that’s something I shouldn’t like. And yet… Is it serious, doctor? SGP:550 - 87 points

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Despite its shortcomings, it still has the wow factor’

    N: A virgin oak puncheon was used here and boy does it show. Rich mahogany in colour and on the nose its immediately ‘different’, refreshingly so. its a potpourri candy sweet shop, pick ’n’ mix - fab bars, bubblegum, boiled sweets and lolly pops with dried mangoes, banana candy, chocolate covered pineapple and raspberry & damson jam [the best jam there is]. Add water for a chocolate fusty note mixed in with an uber-rich fruit and honey offering wrapped in vibrant oak.

    T: Wow, thats intense. Lots of wood and heaps of sugary things, from fruits to sweets to cakes to conserves. Add water for a super sweet, oaky, pancake steady development with ginger cake, a touch of cherry cola and vanilla root beer.

    F: Vanilla fruits, dried coconut and a touch of condensed milk at the finish.

    C: Would i guess this was as young as four years? I wouldn’t even have guessed it as a grain given the amount of complexity and vibrant maturation going on. Of course its immature but it is a viable bottling, worthy of its SMWS debut. Drinking it neat is a brave option given the intensity, youth and abv and sadly water kills a lot of the aromas and flavours - hence the beauty of years of oak maturation to soften the spirit. Very entertaining and a nice surprise. Its certainly not cheap for a four year grain [£91 Jan ’15] but hey, its an exclusive SMWS single cask bottling from a new[ish] distillery, and as far as i can ascertain its Chita’s first independent bottling too - just the kind of stuff the whisky community may lap up  Final thought: with water as a must, and despite its shortcomings - it does have the ‘wow’ factor.

    Scores a B

  8. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Peach sunset

    Flavour: Juicy, oak & vanilla

    The Panel were awestruck by this dram of intense beauty. Luscious mango and pineapple juices accompany lychees, Bounty Bars and fragrant lemongrass. The oak is remarkably fresh and fruity with toffee, marshmallows and damson jam. Gingerbread spice is complimented by creamy milk chocolate and impossibly rich vanilla custard. With water, cherryade, butterscotch, orange oil and fruitcake are entwined in seemingly endless complexity. Theres pear crumble, fruit cocktails, coconut and gorse bush and a bourbon vanilla milkshake. Candied fennel makes a brief appearance before plum crumble is served up with a toffee bourbon sauce.

    Drinking tip: Give it time and you will be rewarded


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