Ichiros Malt and Grain
Ichiros Malt and Grain World Blend is made by Ichiro Akuto, multi-award winning “rockstar” of the Japanese whisky industry, at Chichibu Distillery
Ichiro Akuto’s accessible Whisky is a “World Blend” of Malt and Grain Whiskies. Ichiro Akuto keeps the exact components undeclared but indicates it as a blend of whiskies with his Japanese ‘Ichiro’s Malt’ as the base combined with whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States.
These are all 4-8-years-old, aged in their country of origin before Akuto makes his masterful blend and matures the final product a further 1-3 years at Chichibu. The Whisky is vatted in 2 x 5,000-litre wooden barrels built by renowned French cooper Taransaud. It hits the bottle non-chill filtered, without colour added. These are limited products.
Nose: Peach and dried apricot, sweet butterscotch, vanilla cream, citrus zest, synthetic bananas and gooey malt.
Palate: Toffee first and foremost, with notes of barley malt, gingerbread, tropical fruits, honeyed pipe tobacco lveas, black pepper, roasted chestnut and freshly cut hay.
Finish: Medium length with vanilla and dried tropical fruit.
On the nose are sweet notes of butterscotch, stone fruit, toasted cereals and malt, banana, as well as a hint of pale straw. The palate is quintessentially light and elegant, delivering gently sweet flavours of toffee, roasted chestnuts, lemon zest, gingerbread, banana and vanilla notes of barley malt.