Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chichibu Fino Sherry Single Cask for Shinanoya

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo

Our friends at Shinanoya are celebrating another milestone with yet another really special release. Their latest bottling is the 100th since they started their flagship “Chess” series, way back in October 2007. They're not scared of a bit of hard work there, that's for sure. Their 100th bottling is a 4yo Chichibu. "So, what's new?" I hear you say. Well, what's new is that for the first time, we have a sherry-matured Chichibu: this single cask (#2625, 2010/2014) was drawn from a Fino sherry hogshead (bottled at cask strength, 59.7&abv). What a treat!

Even though almost everyone is on holiday here, it would surprise me if it took longer than a day for the 322 bottles to be gone. And along with demand, prices keep rising, too (this one is priced at 12,500 yen). We at Nonjatta can’t wait to try this – and we hope to be able to get back to you with some tasting notes soon… but we’re on holiday, too. Just so you know…

7 comments:

Paul Owen said...

Well, an online attempt was certainly impossible. Is anyone else finding the Japanese whisky scene more frustrating than fun these days?

Stefan Van Eycken said...

Apparently, it was sold out in less than 3 minutes... FB flooded by cries of desperation from people who had just missed out.

Paul Owen said...

That's what I mean, not very fun. In this climate I would recommend putting one' money in established labels that don't rely on hyperbole. Suntory won't let their Yamazaki 12 falter despite the current NAS trend. And I've been impressed with Nikka's (much older than labeled) Miyagikyo 12 or 15. I am a huge fan of the small producers popping up, but we need to concentrate on the quality of what's inside of the bottle, not just the label.

Anonymous said...

As much as I love Chichibu and admire Ichiro, the prices are now getting a little out of hand.

activin said...

Please let me know how mamy bottles are online.
Less than 2 minutes!!!

Lewis said...

I couldn't get online, but I walked into the shop in Kannai Yokohama on the 21st and managed to place an order for one. First I kept being told "sold out", but with a bit of insistence I eventually got presented a form to fill out. When I picked it up the next day there were 3 others in the basked for "reservations". My guess is that they only put a fraction of the 322 bottles online, to allow them to cater for other channels.

Stefan Van Eycken said...

As with other whiskies that are in high demand, it usually boils down to knowing someone in the right place... It's only natural that - when competition becomes so stiff - people flex their 'connections' muscles. On the other hand, your comment shows that with persistence it is possible to get your hands on a bottle too.