Chichibu IPA Cask Finish
Ichiro's Malt // Japan
For this release, the famed Chichibu distillery collaborated with several craft beer breweries in Japan, one of which is the famed Shigakogen brewery. Used casks from the distillery were sent to the breweries, which in turn aged beer in them, and sent them back for more whisky to be filled in. A total of 6,700 bottles were released and will be arriving in the West by the end of 2017.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeformer IPA barrels
"A fresh nose of papaya, honeydew melon, and butterscotch balance out the high ABV. On the palate, there's endless pineapple, grapefruit, and orange all dipped in thick honey. The hops from the IPA burst in on the finish with citrusy bitterness all the way through."