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Chichibu 2008/2011 'The First'

(61.8%, OB, 7400 Bts., 700ml)
Average Score: 80
Bottle Profile
TypeJapanese Whiskies
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameChichibu
Year Distilled2008
Year Bottled2011
Bottling NameThe First
Alcohol By Volume61.8%
Bottles7400
Size700ml
Issued2011
Average Score80


Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson84
Konstantin Grigoriadis75
Ho-cheng Yao85
Craig Daniels79
Krishna Nukala70
David Wankel82
Keith Wood85


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonButterscotch domination, very round vanilla. Initially slightly on vegetables, diminishing with time. Thanks for that. Low-key, should not be high in alcohol (WRONG). (Much) bigger and sweeter taste than expected from the nose. Spicy as well, not bad. The toffee-notes dominates here also.
Ho-cheng YaoThe first 3yo Chichibu single malt whisky. Very fruity, comparing matured. Dilute taste better, also more layer!
Craig DanielsNose; hot and spiky, with marshmallows and honey, some fruit syrup. Palate; slightly hot and creamy, more honey and then some mixed spice and nutmeg. Finish: warm and slightly spiky. Comment: Just too young and hot to score more.
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: 9ct yellow gold - Nose: This immediately offers a fruity, slightly leathery marshmallow character with the leatheriness gently expanding over time. - Palate: Now this packs a tingly but creamy punch which just screams "jam roly-poly with custard" at me in a really nicely perfumed way. - Finish: Long and tingly. - Overall Impression: This has been a long awaited release in the whisky world and what a cracker it is too. It's extremely difficult to believe this whisky is only three years old with it's generally light character but also displaying intense fruity vanilla characteristics. I'm most certainly looking forward to "The Second".