Dram Review: Blackadder Four Years Old Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu (Cask No. 2862)

[63.0%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2018・Blackadder Bottling・Cask No. 2862・Single Cask Release of 237 Bottles]

Nose:

A thick woodiness grips the attention with plenty of leather. Some saltiness from the oak leaks into the spirit. Robust barley oozing out and in time more of that caramelised char surfaces as well..

Palate & Finish:

Big bold vanilla thickness with a generous dose of strawberries simmered in brown sugar, quite wonderfully kept together by the lovely Christmas spices.

Lovely finish with tannins hugging the syrupy fruits.

Thoughts:

A gentle giant, at 63% this is perhaps one of the politest and pleasing virgin oak casks I have come across.

A Chichibu that broke the ceiling..

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas