9 Years Old
237 Bottles Produced
The only American whiskey that famed Japanese distiller Ichiro Akuto has ever done. Bartender and owner Shinichi Shirai and Ichiro created the spirit exclusively for the Milwaukee Club bar and tasting group in Saitama in honor of it’s 25 Anniversary.
Under strict bourbon regulations distillation took place in January of 2006 in Lawrenceburg, KY (though the actual distillery name remains protected by a NDA) it was locally aged for six years. The whiskey was then transferred to new oak barrels subjected to a higher char, under the direction of Akuto-san, to strengthen the profile as it was moved to Ichiro’s distillery in Chichibu to be aged for an additional three years.
Make no doubt about it, this is a full fledged bourbon! Ichiro’s understanding of Chichibu’s climate motivated the cask change and his respect for Kentucky’s climates prompted him to label it as American whiskey. During the final three years in Chichibu the whiskey experienced severe evaporative loss leading to its bottle strength of 53.5%.
Cinnamon roll, orange tart, bergamot, mint chocolate and dried apricot all shine on the nose and palate. A truly one of a kind American whiskey taking advantage of two specific micro-climates and over seen by one of the greatest distillers in the world.