[Released in late February 2022] Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2022

The Chichibu distillery of Ichiro’s Malt has sent us information about their new product release.

Chichibu Distillery Single Malt Whisky Vol. 16 “Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2022” .

As for the “Chichibu The Peated” series, it will be the Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2018. The Chichibu distillery is dedicated to making peated malt.

The number of bottles bottled this time is 11,000. If you take into account the quantity of bottles that will be exported overseas, you can be sure that this will be a very rare bottle.

1. Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2022

The 2022 version of the Chichibu The Peated is the first in four years, and is described as “sweet and light custard cream, with fruity notes that glide across the surface. The aroma on the palate is reminiscent of soft black tea, and the overall impression will continue to change over time.” As the tasting comment from the Chichibu distillery says, not only does it have a unique smoky flavor, but it also has a custard-like sweetness and fruity flavor that will continue to change over time.

Image source: Venture Whisky Co.

 

This product is a peated single malt whiskey made at the Chichibu distillery. Peat is used in the malting process to dry the malt, resulting in a raw spirit with a strong smoky character. It has a sweet, light custard cream, and a fruity quality that glides across the surface. The aroma on the palate is reminiscent of soft black tea, and the overall impression will continue to change with time.
It is bottled in a non-chill filtered, natural color to allow you to enjoy the character of the original.
We hope you will take the time to enjoy the complex aftertaste that gently echoes the robust character of the original.

(Source: Venture Whisky Co., Ltd.)

Product NameIchiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2022
ClassificationSingle Malt Japanese Whisky
IngredientsDomestic malt liquor
Barrel TypeType
Number of bottles sold11,000 bottles
Number of Degrees53 percent
Volume700ml
Price14,850 yen (tax included)
Manufacturer

Venture Whisky Co.

2. In-house malting (floor malting)

The Chichibu Distillery uses the traditional Scotch whisky malting method of “floor malting” and malts its own barley. The malted barley is then dried using peat, which gives it its distinctive smoky flavor.

The Chichibu The Peated 2022 is also supposed to be made with peated malt from their own malt. By not only importing peated malt, but also making our own peated malt, we are able to create a variety of old-fashioned malts and other unique malts.

 

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3.  “Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated” released in the past

Here are the past releases of “Ichirose Malt Chichibu The Peated” .

3-1. Ichirose Malt Chichibu The Peated 2018

It has a heavy peaty aroma with a sweetness and acidity like a banana before it is fully ripe. The smoky and fruity flavors are well-balanced, and the addition of water softens the aftertaste. Bottled at 11,550 bottles.

3-2. Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2016

This is an original distilled in 2012. It has a smoky, yet well-balanced aroma with a glossy fruity aftertaste. Bottled 6,350 bottles.

3-3. Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2015

The 9th Chichibu distillery single malt whiskey, Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2015 is a peated single malt whiskey made at the Chichibu distillery. It is non-chill filtered, naturally colored, and bottled at cask strength to allow you to enjoy the character of the original. Bottled at 5980 bottles.

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イチローズモルト 秩父 ザ ピーテッド 2015 カスクストレングス 700ml
¥91,852 (2022/10/06 09:04:42時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

3-4. Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2013

Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2013 is the sixth Chichibu distillery single malt whiskey bottled in a limited edition of 6700 bottles.

It is a single malt whiskey using only peated type raw material distilled in 2010 at the Venture Whiskey Chichibu Distillery, and the malt phenolic value is 59.6ppm as stated on the label, the highest peat level.

The blend is balanced with carefully selected barrels from bourbon, refill hogshead, puncheon and pipe casks. It has an impressive smokiness reminiscent of smoked bacon, and a distinctive taste with a premium quality.

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イチローズモルト 秩父 ザ・ピーテッド 2013
¥124,740 (2022/10/06 09:04:42時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whiskey and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whiskey and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whiskey? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whiskey in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

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