Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Chichibu Chibidaru 3yo 2009/2013

Chichibu Chibidaru  3yo 2009/2013

Official bottling
Single malt - East Honshu
Orange gold
53.5% ABV

Nose: Orange blossom, vanilla, Chinese sour plums, lemon zest, jasmine, hints of roses. With water, slightly sweeter, yoghurt drink, more Chinese sour plums, hints of sour cream. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, loosens, turns airy, slightly watery around the edges. 
Tasting: Sour salty. Orange blossom, Chinese sour plums, chrysanthemums, apricot jam, hints of tamarind. With water, slightly sweeter, more apricot jam, hints of oolong tea. 
Finish: Long. Roses, tamarind, chrysanthemums, apricot jam. 


Wonderfully fresh, floral and fragrant. This malt is salty, sour and sweet all at the same time, like those mouth-puckering preserved sour plums one gets in Chinese supermarkets. With water, I was hit by waves of Calpico yoghurt drink (again, perhaps suggestibility at work), and also oolong tea. Also quite jammy in places.


I like this a lot.

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