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Chichibu distillery

The Chichibu Distillery founded in 2004 by Ichiro’s Malt is Japans newest distillery and the first to be founded in 31 years. Production began in 2008 under the watchful eye of Ichiro Akuto the distillery owner, manager and Master Distiller who is also the grandson of the founder of the now-closed Hanyu distillery. The current annual production of 60 000 liters is distilled in a pair of small 2,000 litre capacity copper pot stills, manufactured by Forsyths of Elgin, Scotland. While the majority of distilleries seperate peated and non-peated production the Chichibu distillery produces one months worth of malt peated to 50 ppm each year just before the distillery’s annual maintenance.

Chichibu factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Chichibu chee*chee*boo Saitama Japan
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 2008 - Present Malt Chichibu Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Ichiro Akuto Ichiro Akuto

Can I tour Chichibu?

No, unfortunately Chichibu distillery is not open to the public for tours