While the exact source of the material is not published by the somewhat secretive Chichibu, we know this is a blend of Japanese distilled material, vatted with Whiskies sourced from around the world. In addition to Whisky from Ichiro Akuto's own stocks--including, potentially--Hanyu and Karuizawa, the blend contains spirits from Canada, the United States, Ireland and Scotland. The imported Whiskies were between three and five years old, aged in their country of origin before being carefully blended with local Japanese material and matured for a further 1-3 years at Chichibu. The Whisky is vatted in two 5,000-litre wooden barrels built by French cooper Taransaud. It's non-chill filtered and non-coloured. It's an outstanding example from this cult distiller.
"The label says this is a 'worldwide blend.' Price-wise Ichiro's Malt and Grain is Venture Whisky's entry-level drink and it's quite good. Morning beach air and the taste of mangoes, strawberries and bananas for a sweet, sleepy finish." Yuji Kawasaki, Brian Ashcraft's Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit
A cracking Japanese whisky at a great price.