Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ichiro's Malt & Grain for Kyoto Hotel Okura

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Kyoto Hotel Okura, which was established in 1888, an exclusive blend from Venture Whisky Ltd has been carefully produced and chosen to celebrate the occasion in association with the hotel's in-house gothic and dynamic "Bar Chippendale". The Ichiro's Malt & Grain original blended whisky bottlings have began selling at the bar (May 1st) with the "bottle keep" system - in other words, the whisky must be bought and consumed at Bar Chippendale. The blend, which is bottled at 46% ABV is suggested to contain up to twelve components - two naturally being malt from the Hanyu and Chichibu distilleries, a suggested nine world whiskies, and one grain whisky. There is an outturn of only 400 bottles of the blend, which has a reasonably heavy hotel price tag - whole bottle: 28,875 yen (including tax) or alternatively by the glass: 1,848 yen (including tax). I hope to try this sooner than later and make a comparison with the Ichiro's Malt Premium Black Label.


  1. Wow, that price is way over the top. Even if you have a single dram Clint, I'll call that taking one for the team!

  2. I guess being a hotel they can choose what ever price they want according to their patrons, however, way over the top indeed. Hard to say if the big spenders of the hotel will go all out and order up the "bottle keep" - or the majority of the outrun will last a while. Hotel prices that's for sure. I certainly will not be making a bottle purchase - IMO there are other things at this price that would be far more suitable to me. I will try somewhere along the lines though to let this whisky touch my lips, be interesting to see what its all about.