Dram Review: ePower Chichibu Aged 6 Years IPA Cask Finish

[60.1%・6 Years Old・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2017・ePower Bottling・Cask No. 4662・Single Cask Release of 249 Bottles]

Nose:

Fascinating, aged lemon peels churned with gooey vanilla paste, orange sherbet and cotton candy on a flirty floral setting.

Palate & Finish:

Orange and grapefruit sherbet on the palate dressed with some Chinese style dried tangerine peels to give that exotic and intriguing bitterness. Some banana jam as well to mellow things out.

Retains the citrus and the oak spices in the finish.

Thoughts:

I genuinely love Chichibu’s IPA cask finished casks, such fun profile that compliments the rich Chichibu spirit so well.

I distinctively remember thinking it’s honestly like nothing I have ever had before, and not in that sense of foreboding you get with new world whiskies sometimes but that sense of just pure excitement instead.

And that’s the joy of the Chichibu IPA cask for me.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas

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