Chichibu Chibidaru Single Cask #286

Country: Japan
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Number One Drinks Co.
ABV: 61.9%
Score: 87 points

Chibidaru means small in Japanese, and this malt was aged for three years in small casks before bottling in 2012. The nose has a good oakiness, with vanilla, coconut, old leather, tobacco, and ginger snap cookie notes. The taste is spicy and ashy with charred oak, mild cinnamon, and brown sugar underneath for a good balance. The finish fades away quickly, but with a gentle spiciness. Water brings out chocolate and caramel candy bar notes.

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