Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Photography © Motoyuki Uruga
Another festival that has been going from strength to strength is Whisky Talk Fukuoka (on the island of Kyushu). The fourth edition will take place in a few weeks’ time (May 18th) and, like every year, there will be an Ichiro’s Malt festival bottling. The Whisky Talk guys actually had a booth at the Bottlers Festival here in Tokyo to promote their event, and they had brought their latest festival bottling so we were really fortunate to be able to try it (and for the lucky few who were fast enough, buy one!) weeks ahead of the official unveiling. A stunning Chichibu (2009/2014), this was clearly a relative of last year’s offering – arguably, one of the best Chichibus released so far. Akuto-san told us that, just like last year’s “kawauso” (river otter) release, this was first matured in a first-fill barrel but then transferred to a third-fill barrel to create more complexity in terms of flavour. This seems to work marvelously for the Chichibu spirit, because with the new release, it was love at first sip, too!