Fuji Whisky has unveiled its Fuji Japanese Whisky. The single site blended, 100% Japanese whisky is inspired by the terroir of the Mt. Fuji area.
Aged for an average of eight years in 100% American White Oak, Fuji Japanese Whisky embodies what sets Mt. Fuji Distillery apart, as the world’s only distillery to craft, nurture, age, and bottle four styles of grain whiskies – heavy American Bourbon style, medium Canadian style, light Scottish style, and malt whisky under one roof.
In 1973, Mt. Fuji Distillery began combining Japanese craftsmanship with the distillation technology for American, Canadian, and Scotch whisky production, making it one of the only distilleries capable of producing both malt and grain whiskies on a single site, just 7.5 miles from the peak of Mt. Fuji. The only whisky in Japan to use the mountain’s snowmelt in its production, that 50-year journey from Mt. Fuji’s peak to the depths of the aquifer 330-feet underneath the distillery is the foundation for Fuji’s distinctive whisky expressions. These innovations and new category breakthroughs led Fuji Whisky and Master Blender, Jota Tanaka to seek out category recognition from the Japan Spirits & Liqueurs Makers Association (“JSLMA”) for creating a new type of whisky that is crafted from start to finish on one site and celebrates its terroir: Fuji Japanese Whisky.
“This unique expression marks a special moment for Fuji Whisky and our Mt. Fuji Distillery as its release signifies Fuji as the pioneer of single blended Japanese whiskies,” said Jota Tanaka, Master Blender. “To be recognized by the JSLMA is an honor and I am excited to continue to grow the line of Fuji expressions on a global scale. Our Fuji Japanese Whisky is truly an exceptional gift; one which reflects the impact of, and patient ageing in the beautiful environment that surrounds Mt. Fuji, highlighting the control we can have over each element of production, embracing the distillation techniques that set us apart and make us truly one of kind.”
On the nose, the whisky is delicately fruity with a hint of honey and oatmeal cookies, offering aromas of peach, apricot, and orange liqueur. The palate finds delicate yet vivid fruits, including Williams pear, apricot, and white table grapes. A delicately sweet, fruity, and rich aftertaste is interwoven with a pleasantly long, silky finish
Bottled at 43% ABC, this Japanese Whisky is available in markets including California, Texas, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, and Florida for $70 per 700ml bottle.
For more details, head over to the brand’s official website.
In November, Fuji brought its award-winning 30-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey to the US.