The first guest contribution to nomunication.jp comes from David Tsujimoto of Aloha Whisky (FB/IG), who managed to snag one of the new Ichiro's Malt Chibidaru 2018 bottles from Mitsukoshi/Isetan. Only 140 bottles were made available at 27,000 yen apiece. They've since gone up to 64,800 yen on Amazon JP. It's a 5 year old whisky, but as the "Chibidaru" refers to a quarter cask of roughly 120L, don't let the age fool you.
Chichibu Chibidaru is a 5yr old vatting of two quarter casks at a no color/ncf 63%abv. It was bottled exclusively for Mistukoshi Isetan, and as always, sold out in a flash. Here are my notes:
Nose: apple cider vanilla citrus purple berries licorice (no commas)
Palate: a mouthful of grandma's warm spiced, but not spicy, apple pie chased with a bite of nutty pumpkin and custard pie
Finish: the warm notes of the nose and palate guide you on a long meandering walk back to the station. Have you ever been to Chichibu? If not, now you have
Thanks for the review, David!
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.