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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Two New Chichibu Single Casks
Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Just in time for Father’s Day (which is next Sunday in Japan), our favorite department store in Tokyo has launched two brand new Chichibu single casks. One is drawn from a French oak cask (2009/2014, #2357, 63.1%abv), the other from a so-called ‘chibidaru’ (literally ‘wee cask’, Chichibu’s original quarter cask; 2010/2014, #877, 61.5%abv). They just went on sale today and it looks like they won’t be around for very long, in spite of the ever-increasing prices (16,000 and 14,000 yen resp.). We had the chance to quickly try the French oak offering – on the fly, between two appointments – and it is a real stunner… definitely warrants closer inspection. The ‘chibidaru’ in particular, because of the necessarily limited quantities, was already close to selling out when we were there… Don’t say we didn’t warn you!