Fuji Single Blended Japanese Whisky
A true Japanese whisky has finally landed. With vivid notes of fresh peach and white table grapes, and an explosion of wildflower honey to finish, this masterclass in quintessential Japanese whisky-making just won a Gold Medal and Best Japanese Blended Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards!Japan
Colour Golden sunrise
Nose White peach, apricot, orange liqueur, honey, and oat biscuits.
Palate Pear, apple, apricot, white table grapes, fruit tart, with wildflower honey.
Finish Fruity with rich vanilla toffee, light oak spices and a silky finish.
Food Match Jota Tanaka recommends fresh sashimi or fish carpaccio with roasted root vegetables of potato and radish.
With the immense shortage of authentically created Japanese whisky in recent years, Fuji Single Blended Japanese Whisky is set to be the most significant Japanese whisky moment in years and it came directly to our Members first.
Distilled, matured and bottled all on Fuji Gotemba Distillery's site at the foothills of their namesake landmark, this meticulously crafted whisky has vivid notes of fresh peach, white table grapes, and an elegant and silky supernova of wildflower honey to finish.
The mastermind behind this beauty is Master Blender Jota Tanaka. With an excess of 35 years of experience in the drinks industry, Jota San has taken out the title of Master Blender of the Year in 2017 at the Icons of Whisky awards and more recently had one of his creations named the World’s Best Whisky in 2020. If those accolades weren’t impressive enough, he’s also an inductee to Kentucky’s Order of Writ and the prestigious Whisky Hall of Fame.
This elegant and vivid whisky showcases Fuji Gotemba Distillery’s meticulous spirit production in a marriage of casks up to 16 years of age. As Jota San ruminates, "Delicate, but with lots of layers of flavours. All in harmony."
Natural in colour, presented at 43% ABV, and with a portion double distilled in traditional pot stills, Fuji whisky only rarely ever leaves Japan officially and launched in Australia exclusively with the Club in April 2023.
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Age: NAS (up to 16 years old)
Maturation: 100% American white oak casks with medium char
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Fuji Gotemba Distillery's History
In 1972, four of the biggest names in drinks from around the world joined forces to open a new distillery in Japan. None other than Scotland's Chivas Brothers, Four Roses from the States, Canada's Seagram and the Kirin Brewery Company from Japan formed Kirin-Seagram Ltd. and by late 1973 production was underway at the new site.
Originally known as Gotemba Distillery, with its name later changed to Fuji Gotemba Distillery, it's nestled at the southeastern foot of Mt. Fuji, just 12km from the summit, in the city of Gotemba. At an altitude of 620m above sea level, the distillery enjoys a climate similar to what you'll find in Scotland; cool, with an average temperature of just 13°C and an almost constant blanket of fog, meaning the mountain itself can only be seen around a third of the year.
Fuji Gotemba Distillery is no ordinary distillery, as it uniquely features multiple still types to produce four different types of whisk(e)y. There are pot stills for Scotch-style malt, and a range of column stills to make grain whiskies in the Bourbon, Canadian and Scotch styles. By integrating these with Kirin's brewing technology and expertise, Fuji Gotemba Distillery creates whiskies that are neither Scotch nor Bourbon, but rather a whisk(e)y to fit the culture and tastes of the people of Japan and lovers of Japanese whisky from around the world.
Covering 520,000 square metres, Fuji Gotemba Distillery is the world's largest distillery. It features separate still rooms for the malt and grain stills and its own cooperage and bottling plant. Its unique setup allows it to produce single malts and single grains on site and the world's first-ever Single Blended Whisky.
All the water used, of course, comes from Mt. Fuji, having fallen as snow before spending more than 50 years to reach the aquifer that runs 100m deep underground. The water, the climate, and the terroir result in a mellow and delicately fruity range of whiskies, every aspect of which is overseen by Master Blender Jota Tanaka.
With over 30 years of experience in both the US and Japan, Jota San's only the second Master Blender in the distillery's history. Having first joined Kirin in 1988, he soon moved to Napa Valley to work as a winemaker. In 1995 he moved back to Japan and took on Wine Quality Assurance and Product Development for Kirin Distillery Co., before moving to the distillery as a blender in 1998. Jota San ended out Stateside again in 2002 as Director of Quality in charge of Product Development at sister distillery Four Roses in Kentucky, where he created Four Roses Small Batch and their Limited Edition series, among others.
2010 saw Jota San appointed as Chief Blender for Kirin Whisky, and 2017 was a massive year for him as he was appointed as their second Master Blender, and named Master Blender of the Year at the Icons of Whisky awards. The accolades continued in 2019 when he was inducted into the Order of the Writ – Spirit of Kentucky Bourbon (the US equivalent to Keeper of the Quaich) and then into the World Whisky Awards Hall of Fame in 2022.
Having kept its whisky-making abilities quiet and focusing on the Japanese market until recently, Fuji Gotemba Distillery has won numerous awards including Japanese Whisky of the Year, World's Best Grain Whisky and numerous Gold Medals. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary it's finally heading out into the world, so expect to see a lot more from Fuji Gotemba Distillery in the years to come.
Origin: 970 Shibanta, Gotemba, Shizuoka 412-0003, Japan
Water Source: Mount Fuji
Stills: 4 pot stills, 5 continuous column stills, 3 kettle stills, 1 column doubler still
Capacity: 12,000,000 litres per annum