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Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Tokyo Bar Show Whisky Expo 2017
Tokyo International Bar show And Whisky Expo is an event being held from 13th May to 14th May 2017 at the Prism Hall in Tokyo, Japan. This event brings together different bars and brands to showcase their cocktails, whisky etc.
This particular whisky from the Ichiro’s range was specially released for the sevent. A rich, shining amber cast in the slightest hint of red. Smooth nose of a sweet, old-fashioned candy, followed by spicy cinnamon on the palate, delivering a pleasing tannin finale. The bottle started out in a bourbon cask, then in a wine cask, lending winey characteristics for a strong finish. This bottle leaves an impression with its soft sweetness and thick mouthfeel, to be enjoyed to the very last vapors of your glass.
Hanyu Distillery was located in a town bearing its name on the banks of the Tone river. The original company was founded from a family business originally established in 1626 by the Akuto family, sake-makers in the town of Chichibu. Isouji Akuto, the 19th generation of the Akuto family, built a factory in Hanyu city, north-west of Tokyo, in 1941 to produce alcohol and obtained a licence to do so in 1946.
In 1980, serious attempts to produce a Scotch whisky-type product began and two pot stills were obtained. At the time, consumer demand was for blended whisky rather than single malt. Since then there has been a worldwide shift towards single malts and in 1990 Chichibu whisky was launched, named after the place where the sake was originally produced. It had two steam-heated stills and a continuous still, along with a Sake brewery.
Unfortunately it stopped making whisky in 2000, with the pot stills and distilling equipment dismantled in 2004. The grandson of the founder, Ichiro, purchased the mature stock and distilling facilities and hopes one day to start a new distillery. A dream that he is currently realising with his creation of the Chichibu Distillery.
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