Ichiro's Malt & Grain Whisky
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • tropical
  • lemon zest
  • caramel
  • cooked fruit
  • vanilla
  • pepper
  • apricot
  • peach
  • zesty

Ichiro's Malt

& Grain Whisky (0.7l, 46.5%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

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This just might be the first Japanese Whisky to have its own groupies.

The best description we’ve ever heard about Ichiro Akuto is that he’s the "Rock Star of Japanese Whisky." While the other heavyweight executives of Japan’s thriving distilling industry can walk around Spirit conferences in obscurity, Ichiro Akuto gets mobbed by fans. With good reason. His family owned the legendary Hanyu Distillery for generations and when they sold the business, Ichiru held on to the standing inventory and issue special releases for years — including the famous "Playing Cards" series that made him famous. He has used those proceeds to craft new flavorful blends and other tasty offerings.

Ichiro's Malt & Grain is labeled as "a Worldwide Blended Whisky." The exact components of this gem are kept secret, but there appears to be a lot of local, Japanese Spirit with enough outside elements to craft the flavor profile Ichiro was looking for. It is — obviously — a combination of Single Malts and Grain Whiskies married at the Chichibu Distillery, but all that you will notice is the lovely flavor profile, delicate texture, and spot-on 46% ABV. 

*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Warm gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Peach and apricot cobbler, lemon zest, and granola.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla toffee up front with tropical fruit, pepper, and lemon grass.

Finish
More tropical fruit and lingering butterscotch.

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  • tropical
  • lemon zest
  • caramel
  • cooked fruit
  • vanilla
  • pepper
  • apricot
  • peach
  • zesty
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The Highball brought Japanese Whisky back to life. Aside from some attention from overseas, Japanese Whisky consumption domestically was very low during the better part of the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2008, when Suntory launched the Highball campaign featuring their Kakubin Whisky that things kicked off.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
One month a year, a peated new make spirit is produced with 50ppm of peated barley.
An egg shaped marriage barrel from the famous French cooperage Taransaud, is now in the distillery and is used to marry Whiskies.
Akuto is now trying to produce a 100% Japanese single malt Whisky. He is working with Japanese producers to get barley and casks.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
The Highball brought Japanese Whisky back to life. Aside from some attention from overseas, Japanese Whisky consumption domestically was very low during the better part of the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2008, when Suntory launched the Highball campaign featuring their Kakubin Whisky that things kicked off.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
One month a year, a peated new make spirit is produced with 50ppm of peated barley.
An egg shaped marriage barrel from the famous French cooperage Taransaud, is now in the distillery and is used to marry Whiskies.
Akuto is now trying to produce a 100% Japanese single malt Whisky. He is working with Japanese producers to get barley and casks.
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