Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Selected by Bar Barns

[62.1%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2010・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Cask No. 657・Single Cask Release of 227 Bottles]

This expression has been made with floor malted optic barley.


On the nose, we have some citrus nicely propping up the bourbon cask influence with its creamy and velvety char up; it’s also floral in a rustic sense but somewhat boozy.. the high alcohol content gives a sharp edge to the dram. In time, we have a stickily sweet popcorn note.

Palate & Finish:

The blend of citrus marmalade and salted caramel is  perhaps quite heavily handed initially, but the delivery carries a certain dose of umami and it does open up into folded soft caramel and well churned butter. The wood chimes harmoniously before the spices come raining down, a wee pear sweet note does sip to the surface on the back palate, charming but rather inferred.

The finishing proves to be quite a malty affair, with just a hint of menthol evaporating away together with some liquorice as well..


Unmistakably Chichibu, though it’s structurally fine taking into account of the house style, I am not sure if this is one of the standouts after so many spectacular Chichibu expressions in the past 3 to 4 years..

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]