Product Overview: ichiro’s malt and grain
About Ichiro’s Malt and Grain World Blended Whisky
For nearly three centuries, Ichiro Akuto’s family brewed sake along the banks of the Tone River in Central Japan. Following the end of World War II, his family received a distiller’s license and purchased two second-hand stills from a Scottish distillery. By the turn of the century, however, his father had made the difficult decision to dismantle the stills and sell the 400 casks of remaining whisky that were still maturing in the distillery’s rickhouses.
Fueled by a belief in the potential for Japanese single malts, Ichiro purchased the casks from his father. Also, Ichiro began studying distillation techniques at Benriach and Springbank Distillery, before returning to Japan and constructing a state-of-the-art distillery in Chichibu.
This Ichiro’s Malt is one of the most sought-after limited edition annual releases from the Japanese master.
The exact components of Ichiro’s Malt & Grain World Blended Whisky are kept secret, but there appears to be a lot of local, Chichibu Distillery Spirit with enough outside elements to craft the desired flavor profile. This is a combination of single malt and grain whiskies married at the Chichibu Distillery, bottled at a solid 48% ABV.
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About Japanese Whisky
Although maybe not be the first Spirit you would think of when Japan is mentioned; the Japanese make one of the best types of whisky in the world. It’s heavily influenced by scotch but with smoother and delicate notes.
The history of the Japanese whisky is not even a century old, but in this short time, the Japanese blended and single malts have taken over the world by storm and can easily go against their whisk(e)y counterparts from across the globe.