Chichibu Ichiro's Malt & Grain Cask 4987 For Claude Whisky 60% NV

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Distillery Chichibu
Bottler OB
Serie Single Cask Blended Whisky
Bottled for Claude Whisky
Distilled date Not Specified
Bottling date 01.11.2021
Country Japan
Region Japan
Cask Type Bourbon Barrel Finish
Cask Number 4987
Alcohol percentage 60
Volume 0,70
Condition In original container
Label Perfect
Stock 0

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A Celebration of Excellence

The world of whisky is filled with remarkable expressions that capture the essence of craftsmanship and celebration. Among these exceptional releases is a single cask blended whisky from Ichiro's Malt, a true masterpiece created exclusively for the 10th anniversary of CLAUDE WHISKY and the grand opening of Whisky Boutique Claude. Crafted at the renowned Chichibu Distillery, this whisky exemplifies the artistry and dedication of Ichiro Akuto, the visionary behind Ichiro's Malt.

This extraordinary blend is a harmonious combination of carefully selected components. It comprises Chichibu's own malt, matured in both bourbon and sherry casks, which imparts a rich and complex flavor profile. Additionally, malt whiskies from Scotland, aged for over a decade, contribute their unique character and depth. The crowning glory of this blend is the illustrious Kawasaki 33-year-old single grain whisky, distilled in 1982. This rare gem brings a touch of history and elegance to the composition.

Following the meticulous blending process, the whisky was transferred to a single bourbon cask with the number 4987. Here, it underwent further maturation for 2 years and 9 months, allowing the flavors to evolve and integrate seamlessly. The decision to bottle it at cask strength preserves the whisky's bold and unadulterated nature, ensuring a truly exceptional experience for whisky enthusiasts.

On the nose, this single cask blended whisky captivates with a delightful array of aromas. The influence of the sherry cask is immediately apparent, with notes of pecan pie, toffee, and rhubarb enticing the senses. The richness of the old Kawasaki single grain whisky shines through, offering hints of vanilla and butter. Each inhalation unveils new layers of complexity, inviting anticipation for the tasting experience that awaits.

Upon tasting, the whisky continues to impress with its remarkable depth and range of flavors. Quinces, brown sugar, and banana dance on the palate, intermingling with surprising yet delightful hints of cabbage and cherry cream. The dried mango, nutmeg, and candied apple pie crust add a touch of sweetness and spice, creating a harmonious balance. For those who prefer to explore further, a few drops of water enhance the whisky's complexity, revealing notes of pepper, ginger, and the subtle tang of orange and sugared pink grapefruit.

This single cask blended whisky from Ichiro's Malt is a testament to the artistry and dedication of Ichiro Akuto and his team. The careful selection of casks, the meticulous blending process, and the thoughtful maturation result in a whisky that is truly exceptional. It represents a celebration of excellence and a momentous milestone for CLAUDE WHISKY and Whisky Boutique Claude.

In conclusion, this limited-edition release stands as a testament to the beauty and diversity of the whisky world. The single cask blended whisky from Ichiro's Malt captures the imagination with its remarkable flavor profile and captivating journey of aromas. It is a whisky that demands to be savored, appreciated, and shared among discerning whisky enthusiasts.

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