Chichibu/Suntory Masterclass – Dram #5 – Chichibu Mizunara 5yo 2008/2013 Mizunara hogshead – Tasting Notes

In a Masterclass with Chichibu and Suntory we tasted some great cask samples. The whisky from Suntory are components for the Hibiki 17 year old.

1. Chita Grain from Suntory bottled at 55% (over 17 years old)

2. Chibidaru from Chichibu (distilled 2010, bottled 2014, matured in original Quater cask made from white oak)

3. Hanyu from Hanyu distillery (Vatted bet 1985-2000 Hanyu, matured with some different types of casks)

4. Smoky Hakusyu from Suntory (over 17 years old)

5. Chichibu Mizunara 5y [cask sample] (distilled 2008, bottled 2013, Mizunara hogshead)

6. Suntory Mizunara (Mizunara cask, age over 17 years old) 

Nose
Cheesecake lemon with malty feel to it. White chocolate, rich fruit, vanilla, sultana and apricots. Softens with water and gives more cheesecake creamy notes.

Palate
Chewy, spice, fruit, warm, sweet, creamy, brioche, rich fruit cake, lemon, papaya, mango and coconut in the back

Finish
Coconut, vanilla, lemon and chocolate on a medium length finish

Score
7,5 out of 10. It balances out with some water. Very nice.

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