Fujikai 10 Year Old Whisky

Fujikai

10 Year Old Whisky

(0.5l, 43%)


8.6/10
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Beautiful Whisky… Grain, water, and time meet there… Upon Mount Fugi. 
 
Whisky-lovers the world round will be forgiven if—when asked about Japanese Whiskey—their minds leap to the products of Suntory and Nikka. Those two are the Shogun and Samurai of the spirits business in Japan. But there are a handful of low-profile independents and craft producers carving out their respective niches. Monde Shuzuo is one of those, sitting at the base of Mount Fuji.
 
Monde started with traditional Japanese wines. But few cultures have embraced Whisky like the Japanese—and who can blame them. Monde branched out into distilling single-malt Whisky and has been quietly producing for decades. Other have purchased the aged spirit in bulk for blends and even to issue privately labeled single-malt labels. Now, Monde Shuzuo has partnered with international French distributor Les Whiskies du Monde to bring their small-batch range of agings and blends to a larger market. 
 
In the wonderful, zen-minimalist language of Japan, Fugikai translates roughly as “assembly of the local people.” But it also has connotations of “flight, liberation, and escape.” And the distillery sits at the base of Mount Fugi in the ancient Kai Prefecture. Fugikai is almost a poem in a single word. Another thing … this production run is limited to 8,808 bottles. In Japanese culture, the number 8 represents “growing prosperous” is a steady and natural manner. Cool, right? 
 
Anyway… Fujikai Japanese Whisky is made from locally produced, single-malt barley and aged in ex-Bourbon casks for 10 years in the temperate, humid climate of the Yamanashi District. Even though single-malt Whisky production world-wide has improved greatly in consistency and quality, we Whisky-lovers quietly wax nostalgic of the character and uniqueness that used to define each individual distillery and batch. Fujikai 10 YO Japanese Whisky takes us back to that time… and we are grateful. 
 

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  • Style
    Japanese Whisky
  • Region
    Kai
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Monde Shuzo
  • Bottler
    Monde Shuzo
  • Age
    10 Year Old

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smoky
herbs
apple
fruit
biscuit
cinnamon
walnuts
damp
sour
What does Fujikai 10 Year Old Whisky taste like?

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In recent years Japanese Whiskies have won a number of top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Polished Brass   
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Old wood, damp herbs, and sour apples    
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Walnuts, more apples and herbs, a tinge of coal  
 
Finish 
Long, dry, sharp, with cinnamon and anise
Ratings & Reviews
Klemen
Klemen,
Industrial is how I would describe this one. Got a weird "standing near a big ass machine that's dripping with oil" kinda smell and taste. But it was a 9th spirit I tried that evening, Maybe it has to do something about that. Who knows. Not everyone's cup of tea.
Tom
Tom,
Very intriguing whisky, strong, smoky nose but fruity body and a smooth finish. Not a whisky for special occasions but an addition to every tasting. Certainly not for everybody but still a very nice dram to own!
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