Ichiro's Single Malt Single Cask Whisky 2023 Red Wine Cask


50.5% ABV, 700 ml, By the Chichibu Distillery

Limited US release of only 600 bottles

It all started some three centuries ago when the first of Ichiro Akuto’s forefathers began making alcoholic beverages in Saitama Prefecture. His grandfather began making whisky in the mid-1940’s with Hanyu Distillery, whose focus on malt whiskies took off with the Japanese economic boom of the 1980s. However, when the bubble burst in the 1990s, so too did the first Japanese Whisky boom, leading Hanyu—like several other distillers—to shutter its doors. Ichiro saved his grandfather’s old inventory and subsequently released the Playing Card series. This collection, which debuted to a slow start in the early 2000s, is now considered unicorn whisky, the stuff of legend. With the success of the playing cards, Ichiro saw that the Japanese whisky revival was imminent and in 2008 he built his current distillery in Chichubu. Chichubu distillery is where Ichiro, a 21st-century whisky-maker, embraces the heritage and heart of the Scots, balanced by the precision of the Japanese and the shokunin philosophy.

  • 100% unpeated malted barley
  • Fermented 100 hours in Mizunara oak washbacks
  • Distilled twice in Forsyths copper pot stills
  • Aged 6–13 years in a combination of red wine barrels from France, America, New Zealand, and Japan
  • Aromas of dark red fruit mingle with malty hops, honey, and cocoa before transitioning to a palate of citrus, loquat, blueberry, and anise with a bittersweet finish of clove and milk chocolate
Chichibu Distillery’s highly anticipated Red Wine Cask Single Malt is composed of a vatting of 36 red wine barrels sourced from around the world. Bold and opulent, the well-balanced interplay of chocolatey malt and dark red fruit makes for a stunning dram of impeccable elegance.

Bottle Size: All bottles are 750ML unless otherwise noted.

21 and Over: Adult Signature Required

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