With demand for Japanese Whisky reaching unprecedented levels here in the U.S., supply can hardly keep up - especially whiskies with age statements - making many familiar names, such as Suntory's Yamazaki, rather scarce. To adjust to demand, distilleries such as Suntory and Nikka have pulled back some or all of their popular age-statement whiskies, replacing them with non-age-statement bottlings to quench the thirst of the ever-growing market.
Yet don't think quality has taken a hit - far from it, as chief blender Shinji Fukuyo of Suntory explains, "It has to be remembered that the age statement is not the sole essence of whisky. The quality of each cask is different. Some whiskies tend to peak when young." That being said, the refocus of these popular brands has opened the door to smaller, cult distilleries that have just begun to export their blends to the States. From a variety of malts and grains aged for variable amounts of time in barrel, these blended whiskies are crafted with incredible attention to detail and have become some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world.
One of these coveted distilleries is 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, whose 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, especially as production levels are minuscule.
To our surprise, we did just that and secured an allocation for you today of Ichiro's Malt & Grain Whisky, a "world" blend by the master himself. Blended to balance the heart of Japanese Whisky with the major whiskies of the world, Ichiro's Malt & Grain is combined with 3-5 year aged selections of Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American Whisky. The Malt & Grain is then blended and further aged in Japan at Chichibu. The unique climate at the distillery, with a large temperature difference between summer and winter, takes a greater angel's share, which slightly speeds up the maturation process, resulting in a stunningly complex whisky. Yes, the whiskies in this blend could be 10 to 12 years old, but in this case, the focus is in the art of the blend - taking the strengths of the whiskies from each region and crafting something truly special. Approachable, with a corn and grain sweetness paired with aromas of vanilla, rye, toffee and green apple, this singular whisky is the true definition of "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." 

For one week, we're offering the opportunity to acquire this singular whisky for as low as $89.97 a bottle. Although we're not limiting the number of bottles you can purchase, with the demand for whisky being so great, we know our allocation at this price is sure to sell quickly. We suggest acting immediately to secure your order.  



*Offer is NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with the items estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2019. 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 CT, DE, NC, NY, TN, VA, WA, WI and limited stores in GA. This offer is for ONE WEEK,  or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.