It was in 1903 that Thomas Bache-Grabrielsen, then a young Norwegian lieutenant, moved to Cognac in order to perfect his French as well as his knowledge of Cognac.
2 years later, he bought the Cognac house A. Edmond Dupuy and founded his own Bache-Grabrielsen house, which has seen 4 generations succeed at its head.
This heritage, transmitted from father to son for more than 100 years now, mixes Scandinavian roots and French know-how through products with strong values of innovation, tradition and above all, passion.
In 2007, Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the founder of the Hanyu distillery, started a new chapter in Japan's whisky history by building Chichibu distillery.
Situated about 70km north-west of Tokyo, production began in February 2008.
The equipment includes a small mill, a mash tun, washbacks made of Jpanese oak (mizunara) and a pair of small copper stills manufactured by Forsyths of Rothes, Scotland.
Several different casks types are used, including Bourbon barrels, Sherry butts and Hogsheads, all matured in a traditional Dunnage style warehouse.
Enhanced by their environment, Chichibu whiskies are non-chill filtered and not coloured.