By Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic:
Ichiro's Malt Chichibu The Peated, the latest bottling from Ichiro Akuto at Chichibu distillery, will be released in Japan on 26th September. It is made up of heavily peated spirit distilled in 2009 that has just reached its third year (three years maturation is necessary to make spirit whisky). It is limited to 5,000 bottles.
This is a cask strength bottling at 50.5 per cent alcohol (slightly stronger than Chichibu's usual releases because Akuto believed that is necessary to show this whisky to the full). It has a phenol content of 51 ppm (parts per million). Basically, that "ppm" measures the chemical presence of peat in the whisk. The level is high but nothing compared to some Scottish monsters. The whisky was matured in bourbon barrel, a refill hogshead and a new hogshead.