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This latest release of the legendary Chichibu’s single malt U.S. exclusive is heavily-peated whisky vatted from over fourteen casks. The base is aged in T5 virgin French Oak barrels and married with a variety of supporting casks, including Sherry, Mizunara hog’s head, and chibi daru quarter casks. Aromas of nectarine, orange peel, raspberry, maraschino cherry and melon are followed by a rich palate of vanilla, lemon zest, smoked meat and kombu seaweed yielding to a nutty herbal finish. These annual editions of Ichiro Akuto’s single malt whisky serve as a strong reminder that they are all history in the making.

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Ichiro Akuto founded Chichibu distillery in 2008 and has become a leader in whisky-making world-wide. Located in the forests of Saitama (Kayoko’s birthplace!), Chichibu makes their whiskies in small batches using locally grown barley and is the only distillery using mizunara washbacks.


  • Distilled in Saitama, Japan By Chichibu Distillery
  • Style: Single Malt (100% malted barley), Heavily Peated
  • Barrels: Mizunara (Japanese Oak) Hog's Head, Limousine (French Oak), Sherry, Chibidaru (quarter casks)
  • Age: 4-7
  • 25.3 fl oz (750ml)
  • 53.5% ALC/VOL
  • Bottles Released: 2640