Time for another dram!
The Chita Single Grain Whisky
A single-grain Japanese Whisky from the House of Suntory Whisky, The Chita has 43% ABV and an incredible aroma.
A bit about
The Chita Single Grain Whisky was first released in 2015. It is produced at Chita Distillery (established in 1972), located more or less in the middle of Japan in Aichi Prefecture. Unlike other whiskies I've encountered so far, this one is aged in 3 different types of cask: Spanish Oak, American White Oak, and, quite surprisingly, wine casks as well.
Time to try it
As soon as I opened the bottle I fell in love instantly with this whisky.
The aroma is, in my opinion at least, simply beautiful, with honey, sweet citrus and ripe honeydew melon. It offers a lot without being overpowering,
The taste does not disappoint. There are some whiskies out there that smell superbly but have a taste that is just a letdown. Not the case here with a lot of vanilla on the palate with more delicious sweet honey.
The medium-length finish is slightly citrusy with some floral hints (cherry blossom) and a dash of vanilla.
Overall it's a very well-rounded whisky, super easy to drink, that somehow, through its floral and honey notes makes me think of late spring/early summer.
I have not tried nearly as many single-grain whiskies as I wish, but, so far, I'm a big fan of this one.
I have tried The Chita neat, as usual, with a drop of cold water and even in a highball (whisky, ice and soda) and I have loved it on every occasion.
Priced around £60 on most UK websites (for a 70cl bottle, not the cute one I have), I think it's a fantastic dram to enjoy, worth every pence/penny.
As always, please drink responsibly.
I hope life is treating you well.