The production of Ichiro Akuto is not only composed of expensive single malts, in fact the Japanese distiller created the perfect blended whiskey and then left it to age in a particular motorcycle barrel.
The perfect Blended Japanese Whiskey Ichiro's Malt is created from malt whiskeys from the Chichibu distillery distilled in 2000 and selected by Ichiro himself.
These Single Malts are then aged in oak barrels which previously contained French wines from the Bordeaux region.
The single malt blend of Ichiro is finished in wine barrels, the rather unique Ovum barrels, which are 20 hl French oak egg-shaped barrels, modeled in the Charentes region by the Taransaud company.
Rare barrels used in the Bordeaux region where they have some oenological advantages, but never used in whiskey.
The French oak barrel Ovum ex Bordeaux red wine is different from the European barrels in that it gives off more perfumes and works more on single malts.
The Blended Japanese Whiskey "Wine Wood Reserve" expresses all the wisdom, in the distillery art, of Ichiro Akuto, owner of the Chichibu distillery and the Hanyu distillery.
Bottled in 2017, it is very balanced and composed of young malt whiskeys that acquire a lot of character from the barrel previously used for red wines.
A round and soft whiskey that can be tasted after lunch, in an after dinner or as an aperitif, every day and never tires!
From the first taste you can recognize all the distinctive features of the best known and best Japanese Blended whiskeys and, thanks to its peculiar vigor, it knows how to conquer the most expert amateurs.
Nose: Explosive with hints of candied orange and chocolate, black licorice and creamy malt.
Mouth: sweetness of red berries, walnut and oily dried fruit, and a pinch of white pepper.
Final: persistently spicy, with a hint of dark chocolate.
If you are a collector of Japanese whiskey and Ichiro Akuto whiskey, you can certainly not miss this rare release with the original box.
Blended Japanese Whiskey Ichiro's "Wine Wood Reserve" is to be paired with a wonderful medium-sized Cohiba cigar. For slow smoke enthusiasts we recommend pairing with a St. James Flake.