Fukano 10 Year Old

Fukano 10 Year Old

(0.75l, 41%)


7.6/10
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$90.99
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An elegant, well-aged, malted rice Whisky aged in ex-Brandy casks.

Fukano Distillery has been operated in Hitoyoshi City since 1823 by five generations of the Fukano family. The current head of the business is Shigeruriku Fukano. Their primary product is Shōchū — an un-aged, lightly distilled spirit usually around 25% ABV. It’s exceptionally popular in Japan and has been produced there since the 16th century. Interestingly, since most of their products are based upon rice, sweet potatoes, and sugar — ingredients low in sulphur — their stills are made of stainless steel.

Fukano’s core Whisky lines are made from rice. But don’t think for a minute that it tastes like Sake. Fukano 10 Year Old is made from malted rice — it makes a huge difference — and is aged for a full decade in Brandy puncheons. What you get from all that is a flavor and aroma profile that can only be described as elegant with silky, light, and complex notes of exotic woods and florals. This makes Fukano 10 Year Old one of the most interesting and uniquely flavorful Whiskies we’ve come across over the last few years.

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A "puncheon" is a standard barrel used to age Wines and Brandies. The most common size holds eighty-four US gallons (318 liters). It is about 60% larger than a standard Bourbon barrel, or about one-third larger than a hogshead.

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marmelade
plums
spicy
marzipan
raisin
floral
citrus
woody
sweet
What does Fukano 10 Year Old taste like?

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Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Gold.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is delicate but thick with florals, mixed citrus, and sandalwood.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens up with a silky complexity stretching from exotic spices and mint to white plum and marmalade.

Finish
The palate is medium length and lingers with notes of marzipan and raisins.

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Ratings & Reviews
Brandon
Brandon,
This was a great Whiskey and one of the few my wife has tried and really enjoyed. It is an easy drink and I would suggest this for anyone. It is incredibly smooth on the back end with a nice floral and spice flavor.
 
Chaz
Chaz,
This was easy going down! The fruit flavors are prominent and didn't feel a burn from the spice flavor towards the end. The finish is smooth and lingering.
 
Juan
Juan,
Light an easy to drink. It is different. It might need a little bit more of alcohol in it....
 
Alex
Alex,
Extremely drinkable, very unique. Light and sweet on the nose, with a very smooth taste reminiscent of a rice wine or plum wine, but with a distinct woodiness of a whiskey. Definitely some spice coming through too. The finish is strong, and fairly long.
 
Ericka
Ericka,
Nice floral scents. A little light and mild for my taste.
 
Andee
Andee,
Fruit forward enjoyable could be easy to drink too much.
 
Jay
Jay,
I enjoyed this the most in the tasting box and will put on my list of possible buys.
 
Robin
Robin,
Smooth and sweet through the finish. A great easy drinking whisky
 
Duane
Duane,
My first Japanese whiskey. Floral and fruity. Fairly decent.
 
Darryl
Darryl,
Wow. Soft on the tongue, sweet through the finish. Wonderfully executed. I truly enjoy the departure of this whisky from more oaky versions.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Although the description emphasizes this is not sake flavored it has a noticeable warmed sake note in nose and taste. I think it is complimentary to the overall warmth, spice and marzipan sweetness. Wonderfully smooth with a mellow oak aftertaste.
 
William
William,
Spicy warm, without being hot. Very light on the tongue and sweet, almost gives a minty tingle on the pallette with a light orange aftertaste. Good flavor and wouldn't turn down an offer to drink again.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Complex with eye opening finishes. You can't stop drinking it.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Smooth and enjoyable
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Raisins for sure but pretty soft on the palate.. a very nice sip. Finish is smooth
 
Bob
Bob,
Really good. Fruit front and clean finish. Very nice
 
John
John,
Fruity
 
Larry
Larry,
Familiar profile with a mild flavor and mild finish, a little sweet at the end. Almost no burn.
 
Lori
Lori,
I really dig the plum flavor I got with this but it’s a bit pricey for what it is
 
Matthew
Matthew,
The nose on this one is almost aggressively sweet, with a frustratingly elusive fruitiness and a hint of cardamom. My immediate impression after the first sip was kheer, with rice, almond, and coconut coming through, and a supple mouth feel. The finish could be a bit a bit longer, but this gets a solid thumbs up from me. A very distinct experience but not just a novelty.
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
Sweet, fruity. Hint of spice.
 
Keaton
Keaton,
It really is sweet and raisin-y. It’s got that kind of heat that you feel in your gut more than your tongue, so you can enjoy the flavors without singeing your sinuses.
 
Chris
Chris,
Smooth and pleasantly mild. Finish was slightly sweet with a small bite.
 
jonathan
jonathan,
not bad. smoother than the typical suntory whisky, but still is a bit sharp for my taste.
 
Larry
Larry,
One of the easiest drinking whiskey I have yet to try, given I have only been hardcore bourbon fan for the last year. This whiskey is good by itself, ice washed out the flavor for me. Fruity start finishes warm and spicy in the gut. Adding this to my wishlist.
 
guest
guest,
Drawn out sweetness. Plum. Soft.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Super tasty and interesting! Getting green grape, plum, maybe pear, maybe a touch of coconut, marzipan, and maybe even a creme brûlée thing going on. Excellent
 
Wesley
Wesley,
I usually prefer bourbon and Irish whiskey to Scotch and Japanese whiskey, but this is great. Not smoky or peaty at all, instead fruity and spicy.
 
mike
mike,
Easy out of the gate, sweet then a raisen flavor. A soft finish. Urges you to take another sip. Well done.
 
DYLAN
DYLAN,
Enjoyful. Small hints of plum are enjoyable.
 
Eben
Eben,
First time with Rice Whisky. soft nose. Immediate plum lingering salt and floral. The flavor explodes with complex spice and sweetness! Medium end with light oak and raisin.
 
Blake
Blake,
Very surprising
Eben
Eben,
agreed!
KEL
KEL,
Amazing, won a blind test for us and three friends with Hakushu 12 and Yamazaki 12. Has a sweetness like sake from the rice.
 
Mark
Mark,
Sweet. Vanilla. Smooth. Mandarin. Raisins. Lovely.
 
Todd
Todd,
Interesting citrus and spice notes up front. Wish the finish was more Interesting.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
My favorite of the three in the tasting pack. Almost like a sake whiskey.
 
Sara
Sara,
Really loved this. Incredibly smooth, delicate flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness. Only downside is the price
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Very nice, unique whiskey. It is fruity and dignified, like a concentrated Cabernet mixed with a little plum wine. Great mouth feel and flavor development.
 
Philip
Philip,
Sweet, smooth, a little spice. Plum and rice, a little spice. A lot of nice flavors. Drinkable and smooth, but the finish fades quickly. I got this in a tasting box. Very nice dram, I wouldn’t buy it at $99 a bottle, but I would buy for 50 or less. The Fukano vault 1 is a better fit for my palate.
 
James
James,
I was pleasantly surprised! Interestingly fruity with a hint of spicy. I don’t know that I’d drop $100 on a bottle but I’d gladly drink a glass of yours! 🤓
 
DANIEL
DANIEL,
sweet and Very smooth! loved it!
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Loved this whiskey. I think I had a different nose and flavor at every sip. Very smooth......a great sipping whiskey. I can hardly wait for my next bottle.
 
Jacklyn
Jacklyn,
Sweet and smooth.
 
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