For this limited edition whisky (6700 bottles) Ichiro Akuto, decided to collaborate with producers of craft beers from Japan, including Shigakogen one of the most important, for using Japanese beers barrels in order to finish its single malt for a few months. Initially it was the beers that benefited from a maturation in whisky barrels, now it is the whisky being finished in selected beer barrels.
Matured in a bourbon barrel before finished in an IPA barrel.
“All the fruity, hoppy, citrusy flavours and aromas from the India pale ale are perfectly complimented by the maltiness and intensity of the whisky”
Nose: The IPA cask influence shows it’s hand straight off the bat. Some maltiness and very hoppy/fruity. There is a dustiness like dust covered old oak barrels. Orange peel, peach skin and yeast. Incense which grows stronger with water. Palate: Lots of malt and hops. Some big hot spices. The dry dustiness, orange peel on the verge of going moldy, sugared grapefruit. Water adds salt, lemon zest and citrus tart. For mine water is a must with this whisky to subdue the hot spices which are a little out of balance and to add some nuance. Finish: Fairly short on the malt and hoppy/fruity flavors.
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