[Review] Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2016

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Chichibu Distillery (Ichiro's Malt)

Ichiro’s Malt is a whisky that has won the world’s top prize at the World Whisky Awards, and is popular not only in Japan but also internationally.

The Chichibu distillery produces the superb series “Chichibu The Peated” , focusing on peated whisky. Introduced in this article is Chichibu The Peated 2016.


1. Manufacturer

Venture whisky Co.

Head office location 49 Midorigaoka, Chichibu-shi, Saitama 368-0067
Distilleries ownedChichibu Distillery, Chichibu No.2 Distillery

2. Distillery

Venture whisky Chichibu Distillery

Location 49 Midorigaoka, Chichibu-shi, Saitama 368-0067
Commencement of operations 2007

Single malt whisky production is rooted in the Chichibu climate.
The founder, Mr. Ichiro Akuto, takes pride in being a Japanese whisky and produces malt whisky by hand with a small mill, mash tuns, Quercus crispula fermenters, and pot stills made by Forsyth of Scotland.

The Chichibu distillery is surrounded by rich nature, clean air, good quality water, hot and humid summers, and cold temperatures that drop below freezing in the mornings and evenings. The difference in temperature between the cold and hot in this harsh climate has a great influence on the maturation of the whisky, resulting in a fruity and well-balanced whisky despite the short maturation period.

Founded in September 2004.
The Chichibu distillery was completed in 2007.
In February 2008, a license to make whisky was issued and whisky production began at the Chichibu distillery.
In October 2019, the second distillery will begin operations.

The distillery was established after Suntory Hakushu Distillery and Kirin Fuji Gotemba Distillery, which were established in 1973. The distillery was established at the very end of the whisky slump. First distillery established in Japan in 35 years The company’s first year in business was in 1983, and the first year in 1985.
Annual whisky production is just two days of Scotland’s Glenlivet distillery.

The second distillery, which has been in operation since the fall of 2019, produces a whopping 5x The The pot still is the same straight shape but much larger so that it can distill five times as much malt at a time. The pot still is made by Forsyth & Co. Gas direct-fired distillation machine is used.

See also ↓ for information on Chichibu Distillery.


3. Product name and photo

Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2016

4. Features

All of the original sake used was distilled in 2012. The wine is smoky, but still has a nice
The lingering fruity flavor is well-balanced with a glossy finish.
Please try it as it is.
Source: Venture Whisky Co.

4-1. Tasting Notes

AromaStrong smoky, lightly iodized. Sweet oaky aroma. Woody.
TasteHigh viscosity, strong attack. Oaky sweetness and citrus flavors. A strong smokiness passes through to the nose.
AftertasteSpicy and malty. Tingling on the tongue. Strong peatiness lingers for a long time.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content54.5%
By LiquorSingle Malt Japanese whisky
Cask type
Content Volume700ml
Number of bottles soldLimited to 6,350 bottles
Suggested retail price9,900 yen (tax included)
Release Date2016

5. Awards

No awards have been received at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

Product Name Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2016
Suggested Retail Price9,900 yen (including tax)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

Resale price on Mercari is the 39,000 Around 49,800 yen to 49,800 yen The company’s name is. (*as of March 4 , 2022)

6-3. Yahoo Auction Sold Price

Sold price on Yahoo! Auction is the Lowest 36,850 yen, Highest 44,550 yen, Average 41,562 yen (*Statistics for the past 180 days from March 4 , 2022)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

On the mail order site, it is sold for around 64,000 yen. (*As of March 4, 2022)

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At BAR Shinkai, which is operated by this website, we have 1 Cup, 45 ml: 4,620 yen 30ml: 3,080 yen, 15ml: 1,540 yen We also offer this service in small quantities such as


7. Summary

The smokiness, comparable to Laphroaig or Ardbeg, continues strongly from the nose to the lingering finish.

There is also some sweetness from the oak and dried orange, but it is restrained compared to Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2022. The roughness and power of the young original is felt, but it has a viscous richness and is not ebullient. The overall image is one of a cohesive flavor profile.

You can enjoy almost the same flavor when watered down. It can be enjoyed with soda or on the rocks.

Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2018 and Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2022 are also available at BAR Shinkai. Please try and compare the two.

Please take a look at our other articles on Ichiro’s Malt.




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 whisky 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 whisky 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 whisky? 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 whisky 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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