[Review]Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Red Wine Cask 2023

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Chichibu Distillery (Ichiro's Malt)



1.Venture Whiskey Co.

The company that produces Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Red Wine Cask 2023 is Venture Whisky Co.

Company nameVenture Whisky Co.
Head office49 Midorigaoka, Chichibu-shi, Saitama 368-0067
Owned distilleriesChichibu Distillery, Chichibu No.2 Distillery

2.Chichibu distillery

The distillery where Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Red Wine Cask 2023 is produced is Chichibu Distillery, located in Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture.

Distillery nameChichibu Distillery
Location of distillery49 Midorigaoka, Chichibu-shi, Saitama 368-0067
Start of operation2007 (the first year of operation)

Single malt whisky is produced in the Chichibu area.
The founder, Mr. Ichiro Akuto, takes pride in the fact that his malt whiskey is Japanese whisky, and produces it by hand with a small mill, mash tun, oak fermenter, and pot stills made by Forsyth of Scotland.

The Chichibu distillery is surrounded by rich nature, clean air, and high quality water. The summer is hot and humid, and the mornings and evenings are cold, even below freezing. 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.

Established in September 2004.
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 begins operation.

This distillery was established after Suntory Hakushu distillery and Kirin Fuji Gotemba distillery, which were established in 1973. This is the first distillery to be established in Japan in 35 years, at the end of a period of stagnation in the whiskey industry.
The annual production of whisky is only two days that of the Glenlivet distillery in Scotland.

The second distillery, which has been in operation since the fall of 2019, produces a whopping five times as much as the first distillery. The pot still is the same shape as the first distillery, but it is a much larger pot still so that it can distill five times as much malt at a time. The distillery uses a direct gas-fired distiller made by Forsyth.

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3. Name and photo of Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Red Wine Cask 2023

Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Red Wine Cask 2023
Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu RED WINE CASK 2023

4. Figs malt Chichibu red wine cask 2023 features


4-1. Tasting Notes

AromaElegant and moderately sweet aroma of cinnamon and berries
TasteBlackberry, high cocoa, barley chocolate
AftertasteRefreshingly oaky and pleasantly spicy, with a lingering finish that pulls the whole thing together.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content50% alcohol by volume
DistillateSingle Malt Japanese Whiskey
Barrel typeWine casks
Content volume700ml
Number of bottles sold11,800 bottles
Suggested retail price16,500 yen (tax included)
Release dateSeptember 1, 2023

5. Awards

No awards have been received at this time.

6. Price of Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Red Wine Cask 2023

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Product NameIchiro’s Malt Chichibu Red Wine Cask 2023
Suggested retail price16,500 yen (tax included)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

There does not appear to be any actual listings on Mercari at this time. (*As of September 26,2023)

6-3. Prices offered at BAR Shinkai


At “BAR Shinkai” operated by this site, we offer it in small quantities such as one glass, 45ml: 4,950 yen 30ml: 3,300 yen, 15ml: 1,650 yen.

“Bar Shinkai” for Japanese whiskey in Tokyo.
Japanese Whisky Dictionary operates three BAR Shinkai stores in Minato Ward, Tokyo. In addition to the Japanese whiskeys introduced on this site, they also handle domestic gin and more…

7. Summary

This whisky is very fruity and also has a firm spicy character.

The aroma is wonderful, and the alcohol attack is firm but smooth.

The aroma of fruit and the spiciness of cinnamon are combined together and leave your nostrils,

The tannin and spiciness characteristic of red wine casks come together to form a long, lingering finish.


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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.

Ryuhei Oishi

Bartender at bar Shinkai Toranomon, born in Hokkaido.
After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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