CHICHIBU Ichiro's Malt - MWR Pure Malt Whisky 700ml
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CHICHIBU Ichiro's Malt - MWR (Mizunara Wood Reserve) Pure Malt Whisky (700 ml / 46%)
The eponymous brand name refers to Ichiro Akuto – grandson of the founder of the fabled Hanyu distillery (which shuttered production in 2000). Ichiro later founded the Chichibu distillery nearby, and managed to save a number of Hanyu casks. His “Ichiro’s Malt” series typically involve vattings of both old Hanyu stock and new Chichibu production.
The Mizunara Wood Reserve (MWR) is distinctive because it is a vatting of malts that have all been aged in Japanese Mizunara oak casks (Quercus mongolica).
Mizunara wood aging to date has been through blended whiskies, where only a proportion of the final product was aged in these casks (such as the Hibiki Harmony). Ichiro’s Malt MWR is thus an opportunity to try and dissect out the specific contribution of Mizunara wood more directly.
A smooth, appley Japanese blended malt, almost certainly comprised of Hanyu & Chichibu (where it was matured, vatted and bottled). In a move that will likely enrage the more pernickety of the lickspittle jobsworths at the SWA, this has included the supposedly-not-allowed-anymore 'pure malt' term on its label. Naughty!
Brewery's Name: Chichibu
Production Country : Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Alcohol Content : 46%