[Review] Ichiro’s Malt&Grain Tokyo Bar Show 2020

Whisky Review
Whisky Review
Chichibu Distillery (Ichiro's Malt)

Whiskies such as Ichirose Malt, which is now difficult to obtain on a global level, are sold every year in limited quantities as commemorative bottles.
This year’s bottle is a commemorative bottle for the Tokyo International Bar Show 2020, and is limited to 223 bottles. It is a very valuable bottle.

“The Tokyo International Bar Show 2020 was scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, but has been cancelled due to the spread of the new coronavirus.

What is the Tokyo International Bar Show?

The Tokyo International Bar Show is a major event in the liquor and bar industry, held in countries around the world and named after the region where it is held.
In 2012, the Tokyo International Bar Show was held as the first bar show in Asia. For the first time, the event was co-hosted with “Whiskey Live,” a global event with a high level of recognition in Japan.
The show has been held at Tokyo Midtown in 2012, at the Bellesalle Shibuya Garden in 2013, and at the Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall since 2014, with the number of visitors increasing every year.

The Tokyo International Bar Show is one of the largest events in the bar industry, where you can enjoy demonstrations by world-renowned bartenders, savor precious drinks from Japan and abroad, and deepen your knowledge of alcoholic beverages.


1. Manufacturer

Venture whisky Co.

EstablishedEstablished in 2004
Head office location 49 Midorigaoka, Chichibu-shi, Saitama 368-0067 Japan
Distilleries ownedChichibu Distillery, Chichibu No.2 Distillery

2. Distillery

Venture whisky Chichibu Distillery

Location 49 Midorigaoka, Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture, 368-0067 Japan
Start of operations 2007

Single malt whisky production rooted in the climate of Chichibu is carried out.
Mr. Ichiro Hido, the founder of the distillery, takes pride in producing Japanese whisky, and is committed to handcrafting malt whisky using small mills, mash tuns, Quercus fermenters, and pot stills made by Forsyth in Scotland.

The area around the Chichibu distillery is rich in nature, with clean air, good quality water, high temperatures and humidity in the summer, and cold temperatures that reach below freezing in the morning and evening. The difference in temperature between the two regions has a profound effect 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 we began making whisky at the Chichibu distillery.
In October 2019, the second distillery will begin operations.

This distillery was established after Suntory Hakushu Distillery and Kirin Fuji Gotemba Distillery established in 1973. This distillery was established after Suntory Hakushu Distillery and Kirin Fuji Gotemba Distillery. The first distillery established in Japan in 35 years. This was the end of the whisky slump.
The annual whisky production is only two days’ worth of the Glenlivet distillery in Scotland.

The second distillery, which has been in operation since the fall of 2019, has a production volume that is a whopping two times that of the first distillery. 5 times The second distillery, which will be operational in the fall of 2019, will produce a whopping 1.5 times more malt than the first. The pot still is the same shape as the first distillery, but it is much larger so that it can distill five times as much malt. It is made by Forsythe. Gas direct-fired distillation machine It is made by Forsythe.

For more information on Chichibu Distillery, please see also.


3. Product names and photos

Ichiro’s Malt&Grain Tokyo Bar Show 2020

4. Characteristics

4-1. Tasting Notes

NoseApricot, milk, fresh cream
TasteSweetness like dried fruits, burnt butter, baked goods.
AftertasteOily and woody, with a long aftertaste of soft sweetness.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content58.7% alcohol by volume
alcohol categoryBlended Whisky
Barrel typeBourbon barrels, etc.
Number of bottles soldLimited to 223 bottles
Suggested retail price19,250 yen (tax included)
Release dateMay 2020

5. Awards

No awards have been received at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Product name Strawberry Malt & Grain Tokyo Bar Show 2020
Suggested retail price19,250 yen (tax included)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

The resale price on Mercari is 72,000 yen The resale price on Mercari has become (*As of July 21, 2021)
The number of listings is quite small.

6-3. Sold price on Yahoo Auction

The winning bid price on Yahoo Auction is Lowest bidder: 76,000 yen, Highest bidder: 151,000 yen, Average bidder: 107,000 yen (*Statistics for the past 120 days from July 21, 2021)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

On mail order sites, the 2019 Tokyo Bar Show release bottle is available at Rakuten for 220,000 yen. (*As of July 21, 2021)

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

Bar Shinkai, which is operated by this website, offers it in small quantities, such as 1 cup, 45 ml: 5,940 yen 30 ml: 3,960 yen, 15 ml: 1,980 yen.


7. Summary

This is a very rare whisky with a limited edition of 223 bottles, but it is available at each BAR SHINKAI.
This year’s Tokyo Bar show has already been cancelled, and this will be the second year in a row that it has been cancelled. The Tokyo Bar Show has already been cancelled for the second year in a row, and we hope that it will be held next year.

Please check out the other articles about “Ichirose Malt”



Finally: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

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

(1). 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.

(2). Whisky Galore Vol.25 April 2021

The April 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute.
This issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, features the definition of Japanese whisky and a list of 24 distilleries as the latest in Japanese whisky. It also includes an interview with Suntory Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo, making it a must-have for Japanese whisky fans.

(3). Whisky 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.

鈴木 あかり

Born in Saitama, Japan.
Also active as an actor and graphic designer. He joined Shinkai BAR because he likes to drink. He is in charge of translating articles into English and other languages for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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