Japanese whisky brand Fuji is bringing its award-winning 30-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey to the US. They don’t provide a clear reason for using ‘whiskey’ instead of ‘whisky’ here, so yes, we’re confused too. Still, the distillery, which is located just 7.5 miles off the base of the mountain for which it is named, is releasing just 100 bottles of the stuff in the US, which is a big deal.
Back in 2020, in its first year in production, the Fuji 30-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey won World’s Best Grain Whiskey at the World Whiskies Awards. Distilled by the batch distillation method “kettle & column” and then rested in used American White Oak Barrels, Fuji 30-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey features a blend of multiple Canadian style grain whiskies which have been aged up to 40 years.
Each barrel was meticulously hand selected by Master Blender, Jota Tanaka, to create a rich, luscious, and balanced style whiskey. Recently, Tanaka was inducted into the World Whisky Awards Hall of Fame and is only the second Master Blender in Mt. Fuji Distillery’s 48-year history.
“As Master Blender, it was an incredible privilege to see this expression awarded the honor of being named ‘World’s Best Grain Whiskey’ in its initial year of release in 2020 at the World Whiskies Awards, and trophy at the International Spirits Challenge,” said Tanaka. “I am excited to finally share this rare gem with the U.S. and for a new audience to experience this exceptional whiskey.”
On the nose, the whiskey’s sweet and fragrant aromas of nutty brown sugar are concentrated, with ripe fresh and dried fruit. The flavors are opulent and concentrated with a seductive honeyed sweetness and bitter chocolate notes.A gently woody aftertaste lingers that supports the layered, complex flavors.
Fuji Whisky made its U.S. debut last year with the release of Fuji Single Grain Whiskey.
The Fuji 30-Year-Old Whiskey is bottled at 92 proof and is available in California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, and Florida for $2999.99 per 700ml bottle.
For more details, head over to Fuji’s official website.