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Chichibu Ichiro's Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve Pure Malt Whisky

$344.00
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Chichibu Ichiro's Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve Pure Malt Whisky
Producer Chichibu
Region, Country Saitama, Japan
Bottle Size 700ml
Product Code 15858-700

46% ABV. It’s rare, expensive and hard to work with, but for Ichiro Akuto the positives of using this Japanese oak—Mizunara—outweigh the negatives. Mizunara is primarily prized for its “remarkable aromatic qualities” and, according to Dave Broom, it is said to impart scents of sandalwood, cedar and aloeswood with coconut and leafy notes. Chichibu’s washbacks are built from this wood, and now there’s this unique Mizunara-wood bottling. 


From the initial fermentation, through to maturation and vatting, the MWR has spent its entire upbringing in Mizunara Oak. As with the Wine Wood Reserve, Akuto uses a partial solera method whereby the older material is constantly refreshed by younger single malts, developing complexity as well as allowing for a certain level of consistency. Non-chill filtered and non-coloured. 

Chichibu Ichiro's Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve Pure Malt Whisky

Reviews

“Initially, there’s the delicious scent of cooked rice. But this isn’t the aroma you get from an electric rice cooker but, rather, from rice boiled with fresh stream water in a kettle outdoors. There’s also some chocolate in the background. Mizunara’s particular bitterness is readily apparent in the flavor. It’s not a deep, piercing bitterness but, rather, it lingers gracefully in the mouth, much like the nuanced taste found in the charred salted skin of grilled freshwater fish. The bitter flavor’s unique harmony is truly lovely.”
Yuji Kawasaki, Brian Ashcraft’s Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Desirable Spirit

Reviews

“Initially, there’s the delicious scent of cooked rice. But this isn’t the aroma you get from an electric rice cooker but, rather, from rice boiled with fresh stream water in a kettle outdoors. There’s also some chocolate in the background. Mizunara’s particular bitterness is readily apparent in the flavor. It’s not a deep, piercing bitterness but, rather, it lingers gracefully in the mouth, much like the nuanced taste found in the charred salted skin of grilled freshwater fish. The bitter flavor’s unique harmony is truly lovely.”
Yuji Kawasaki, Brian Ashcraft’s Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Desirable Spirit

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