Ichiro Akuto releases the first 5 year old of his distillery founded in 2008 at the foot of a mountain in the region of Saitama single malt. This whisky is (currently) the oldest one produced in Chichibu, which is gaining in quality and maturity each year.
Grand-son of the founder of Hanyu distillery, now closed, Ichiro Akuto has a passion about whisky. After working in the whisky industry in Japan , he decided to fulfill his dream to become a producer like his grandfather, so he created his own brand Ichiro 's Malt and Venture Whisky, the company in charge of the distribution. This new single malt is a symbol for him, in fact it was set as a primary objective, produce a 5 year old single malt in 2013.
In reality, it is not exactly a 5 year old, because the age shown on a bottle is the age of the youngest single malt used in its composition. To be more precise, when a single malt is said to be a 5 year old, it means that it's composed of single malts aged at least for 5 years. And as you can guess, Chichibu having started production in 2008, the oldest barrels can't have more than 5 years .
To remedy this Ichiro Akuto has demonstrated creativity and ingenuity by selecting three barrels which the oldest dates from 2008. And the Chichibu "On the Way" is not strictly speaking a 5 year old single malt but it contains some in its composition. We can say that the distillery is "on the way" to produce a real one in the near future, hence its name "On the Way" which means " On the way to the 5 year old single malt".
Three barrels were selected and vatted together in different proportions :
- a mizunara hogshead (traditional japanese oak cask, reworked between to fillings) from 2008
- a bourbon barrel (american oak cask) from "The Floor Malted" batch 2009
- a second bourbon barrel from "The Floor Malted" batch 2010
The mizunara hogshead, is the second oldest barrel of the distillery, so it contains the second batch to have been produced in Chichibu.
Despite its 58% of alcool, the single malt Chichibu "On the Way" is not cask strength, it is slightly diluted because it wasn't matured enough to see its alcohol level decrease with the angels share (amount of alcohol evaporates naturally during aging).
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