Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Single Cask World Blended Whisky Exclusively Bottled for Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri 2019

[58.4%・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 5298・Single Cask Release of 244 Bottles]

Nose:

German caramel biscuits and vanilla fudge, some citrus flavoured pastries, some passion fruit pulp as the dram lets out its grainy side in time.

Palate & Finish:

Quite intensely sweet to the taste, caramel crystals and caramelised popcorn, though it does carry lighter notes with plums and peaches drizzled with honey and sprinkled with shaved wood.

A tad spicy and mildly sweet in the finish.

Thoughts:

The educated guess is that the juice is fairly young and quite a substantial ratio of imported grain is in play. Despite the genre though the dram has been curated to having a fresh and poised profile.

The better Matsuri release this year in my opinion and close to scoring a star..

✓ [Recommended if you like the distillery/style]

-Nicholas