Big news this month in the world of Japanese whiskey! For the first time in 11 years Suntory has released a new premium whisky brand. Suntory is known internationally for The Yamazaki Single Malt, The Hakushu Single Malt, and Hibiki Japanese Harmony. On September 1st Suntory launched The Chita Single Grain Whisky. This whisky is produced at Suntory's Chita "Sun Grain" Distillery in Aichi Prefecture. The Chita Distillery was founded in 1972 and produces grain whisky that is blended with Hibiki Japanese Harmony and other blended whiskies from Suntory.
"Suntory is distinctly unique in making various kinds of grain whiskies, and by blending these together has managed to achieve a light-bodied yet complex flavored grain whisky." - from the box
The Chita is billed as a "single grain" whisky. This grain is corn, the main ingredient in bourbon whiskey. Like bourbon this whisky has a sweet flavor. However, if you look at the ingredients on the bottle you will notice that some malt is also used. The malt is most likely included in order to enhance the flavor profile and add the noticeable hint of smokiness. Suntory has worked tirelessly to establish a worldwide reputation for top quality spirits and The Chita is no exception. The Chita is a uniquely Japanese take on corn whisky with no shortage of refinement, complexity, and balance.
Tasting Notes from Suntory (translated from the bottle)
Color: bright gold
Aroma: pure & straight, woody sweetness from the barrel
Flavor: sweet & smooth
Aftertaste: faint lingering sweetness
The Chita is only available in Japan. Suntory has yet to announce when The Chita will have its internationally debut. It's bottled at 43% ABV in Suntory's characteristic 700ml bottle. We are proudly offering this fantastic new Japanese whisky here at Liquor Burn Gion in Kyoto. Buy a bottle and be the first to take it home from Japan!
More to come on The Chita soon.
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New Premium Whisky from Suntory - The Chita Single Grain Whisky - Released September 1st, 2015 in Japan!
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