CHICHIBU DISTILLERY, ICHIRO'S MALT & GRAIN LIMITED EDITION WHISKY

 

SAITAMA, JAPAN

 

 

One of today’s most coveted distilleries is unquestioningly Chichibu. Founded by Japanese whisky legend Ichiro Akuto, it is the first Japanese distillery to open since 1973. Ichiro's grandfather founded the legendary Hanyu Distillery in 1941; demand took off during the economic boom of the 1980s, only to shutter its doors after the economic bubble burst in the 1990s. After working at Suntory, Ichiro was left with 400 casks of old Hanyu stock. In 2008, he rescued the crumbling operation, releasing blends under Chichibu as Ichiro's Malts. Making whisky an art form, Ichiro and Chichibu are now icons in Japan—his Card Series, a collection of 54 whiskies (one for every playing card in a deck, including two Jokers) is some of the rarest, most prized whiskies in the world—with a full set recently being on sale for nearly $500,000.

 

Now as Ichiro's whiskies have started to trickle into the States, laying your hands on a bottle has quickly become quite the feat. As production levels remain minuscule, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer you a limited allocation of their Ichiro's Malt & Grain 2020 Limited Edition Whisky—a rare, and significantly older, version of the beloved “white label” Malt & Grain label that we had the good fortune to offer several years back.Referred to as a "world blend” and crafted by the master himself, Ichiro's Malt & Grain Limited Edition expertly combines Scotch, Canadian Rye, American Bourbon, Irish Whisky, and Ichiro's Japanese Single Malt. All the whiskies in the blend are at least 10+ years old, with many ranging from 20-40 years! After the perfect blend was created, the whisky was married and further matured 3-5 years at Chichibu Distillery in Saitama. This is, hands-down, an extraordinary whisky, boasting a corn and grain sweetness paired with aromas of vanilla, ginger spice, toffee, pepper, and apple pie. For one week, we're offering the opportunity to acquire this singular, highly collectible whisky for sub-$200. With only 300 bottles available and the demand for Chichibu whisky continuing to explode, this won’t last long. Be sure to act quickly before it sells out!

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, LA, NC, NY, SC, TN, VA, WI, WA and limited stores in GA. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.