Chichibu On The Way, 58.3%

Price: $245 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Lifted, quite estery and delicate, with fruit blossom, preserved lemon, and light minerality. It needs water; when added, out burst blossoms, brioche, and fondant icing. On the palate, there's a frothy pink party going on: marshmallows, flowers, raspberry, and cream. Water adds silkiness, while the finish throws out yuzu, then tightens in the manner typical for a young whisky (it's 3 years old). Not only on the way, but getting there.¥25,000/700 ml