Fukano Vault Reserve Whisky #1

Fukano Vault Reserve Whisky #1

(0.75l, 40.5%)


7.3/10
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Rare mysterious rice Whisky from Japan
 
In the mythical land of Hitoyoshi, there’s an ancient distillery called Fukano, surrounded by the famous hot springs and the aura of the Aoi Aso shrine. Fukano is mostly known for its legendary Sake and Shochu, but they’re not shy about their Whisky. (This rice distillate can’t be called Whisky in Japan, but we’re not in Japan, so it’s okay.) The magical river Kuma is the DNA of this delicacy, and presented in a beer-like bottle, this is one-of-a-kind Whisky.
 
Part of a limited edition foursome (together with Vault Reserve #2, Fukano 6000 and Jikan), the Numero Uno, or “Ichiban” in Japanese, is a combo of Whiskies between the ages 3 and 11 years old. Some of the Whisky spent its time between oak casks and special tanks for up to 16 years. Combining different tanks, Fukano created this fun expression and bottled only 5,443 flasks. This Japanese rice Whisky is a mildly Sherry-influenced version of the Vault Reserve.
 

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sherry
plums
cinnamon
tea
fruit
spicy
port
honey
sweet
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Japanese single malts, like Scottish, are double distilled in pot stills while grain Whiskies in column stills.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Amber.
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Fruity aromas of plums and Sherry with cinnamon notes.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Muscadines, sandalwood and plums on the palate with a delicate note of Sherry and the lightest touch of gunpowder tea.
 
Finish
Long and full of interesting flavors.

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Ratings & Reviews
Andy
Andy,
very pleasant Plum and Sheri knows. Initial taste is heavy plum, sweet with hints of cinnamon and Spice. Nice medium to long Oakey finish
 
Chris
Chris,
Very smooth with a clean finish. I think I enjoy the taste, since I also enjoy sake.
 
Mike
Mike,
Very clean and light. Those who like an old scotch or bourbon may be let down but it’s a GREAT beginner’s whiskey.
 
Ovunc
Ovunc,
Definitely getting flavors open up with a hint of water. Very unique, can definitely taste sake and some tea. Recommend to anyone who likes to explore an untradional but delightfully light flavor profile!
 
Mason
Mason,
This was ok. The sherry flavors were just not my thing. But overall not a bad whisky, just not my flavor profile. To be fair, the sherry wasn't overwhelming, but definitely had a strong presence.
 
Ray
Ray,
Sherry, plums, and tea. A very unique mellow flavor, really enjoyed this one.
 
Shane
Shane,
Being that this "whisky" is heavy on the rice it really has a very smooth sake like finish and sweetness. Both of which I enjoy very much. I would say that Japan should change their definition of what a Japanese Whisky should be to one that includes rice as a primary ingredient like we do with Corn here for Bourbon in the US. It would make Japanese Whisky very much a Japanese thing. Overall I will have this Whisky on my short list to pick up a full bottle.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, balanced, Japanese Rice Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a rich & complex life leads to a long & rich death with notes of spices, port & honey.
 
Karim
Karim,
Nice but on the sweet side. Good sipper
 
Gene
Gene,
Light and sweet, I’ll drink it, it’s not my normal drink but it’s satisfying.
 
Philip
Philip,
Taste port, sherry, cinnamon, orange, and sake. This whiskey is very diverse spirit with a lot of depth. Smooth. My girlfriend really enjoyed it as well.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Sherry and fruit first and strong on the nose. Hints of spice afterward. Taste is heavily fruit, hints of warm spice, mild sweetness on the back. With ice, everything is subdued, different fruit notes emerge. All in all a fantastic whiskey! Would be happy to have this on my shelf.
 
Tony
Tony,
Fruity, interesting bottle that is prized both for being 100% rice malt as well as for being a sweet, delicate sipper.
 
Koji
Koji,
Nice and smooth. Sherry was most present at first to me, then the plum came through with a lingering taste of honey. Enjoyable, but a bit more on the fruity side for my taste. Disclaimer: First Tasting
 
Jack
Jack,
Definitely smelled the plums with the first inhale. The sherry was somewhere in the background., but came forward when the liquid met tastebuds So smooth and mellow on the tongue with the first fruity sip, then that explosive flash-finish! Yes, a grape flavor there and the taste of tea after the gunpowder flash (pun intended). Excelent whiskey, though not my favorite of the three. It was still up there!
 
Jocelyn
Jocelyn,
I liked it a lot from the tasting box but I don’t think I’d buy it at this price. My fav Japanese whiskey is Nikka Coffey which is comparatively less expensive.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Mello with a mineral finish. Solid and smooth.
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Very smooth and strong taste of sherry and tea. Many reviewers identified fruit flavor, but I couldn’t. For the price, it was a smooth but boring whiskey.
 
Christian
Christian,
This has a very sherry and fruity taste throughout the taste with a finish of oak.
 
Tim
Tim,
My first rice whisky - tasty. Honey and plum nose. Definite sake flavor comes out first and remains. Cinnamon, tea, and spice notes throughout.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
If you like sherry, this is fantastic and drinks smooth
 
Kerr
Kerr,
Was fine
 
Robert
Robert,
This is one where adding water really brings out the depth of flavors. This is a nice medium complexity whiskey. Very fruity and enjoyable.
 
Chandra
Chandra,
Smooth, fruity and cinnamon start, but harsher finish. Drinkable, but not my favorite
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Smooth but a bit too much smoke and spice for me.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Delightful mix of sherry, sake and shortbread cookie on the nose. Silky smooth and sweet. The finish is reminiscent of butter pecan ice cream. Quite unique and worthy of a spot in your collection.
 
Jon
Jon,
Just good as AF
 
Garry
Garry,
Strong plum and port flavors, really tangible cascade of flavors. Complex and flavorful. Cinnamon, comfort, smooth.
 
Gabe
Gabe,
Really liked the flavors the rice imposes on the flavor profile.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Honey, full-bodied, caramel, fruit/sherry
 
Nick
Nick,
Too sweet. Seemed like a saki at first into a sweet whisky
 
Christophe
Christophe,
Smooth, slightly sweet, nice body and finish, but there’s an odd initial flavor upfront, not sure I can get used to.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Nice refreshing change to the Scottish malts
 
Craig
Craig,
Super smooth and wonderful flavor...
 
Rex
Rex,
Smooth, light, and very tasty.
 
Robert
Robert,
I'm new to Nippon whisky, but this unique drink is good. Slightly sweet, with an unusual dryness in there. It finished well, with that tea flavor being prominent.
 
Sean
Sean,
First foray into Rice Whisky- fantastically smooth
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Sweet and smooth! Loved every bit of this rice Whisky.
 
Rodney
Rodney,
Decent taste, slight sweetness.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
More body than I expected from a rice whiskey. Pleasant sweetness; could have used a little more heat and sherry. I would only recommend drinking it neat. Ice (water) doesn't release any flavor notes; it only dissipates the existing flavors that are doing just fine on their own. Pleasant experience!
 
Anne
Anne,
Brilliant!! Glazed donut in a glass. Smooth as can be!
 
Dominic
Dominic,
Delicious. Sweet/Smooth/Dark Fruitiness.
 
John
John,
Vanilla and bananas on the nose. Sweet throughout and a moderate burn unfortunately. Definitely picking up the sherry, but not as smooth as I thought it would be.
 
Vin
Vin,
I'm not usually a fan of rice based alcohol, but this one was great! It was like a marshmallow in both taste and feel. Very smooth too. Definitely going in the bar!
 
Bob
Bob,
was looking forward to this one more than the others but was somewhat disappointed in how much sherry it legitimately lacked. just a fine amount is enough to taste but wasn’t enough to impress. vanilla was pleasant but i’m not looking for basic vanilla flavors. give us more sherry!!!!!
 
Bob
Bob,
Semi sweet nice fruit flavor. Very smooth. Will definitely purchase again.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Delicious. Simple pure tones of flavor. Sweet with vanilla and cinnamon represented by plum with some good complex spice structure.
 
CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND,
Great taste
 
John
John,
Some interesting aroma, but the taste and finish was much more bitter than I prefer.
 
Martin
Martin,
A blast of sherry upon nosing, with dark fruits rolling in. Tasting produces dark fruits, honey and a bit of allspice. I let it open up. Sits on the palate for a bit before drifting away. I enjoyed it. Would be a great one to add to the collection.
 
Liz
Liz,
We thought this tasted like cold purple haze saki with a little burn at the back reminiscent of whiskey. We Liked it.
 
John
John,
Fruity with good flavor. Light and well balanced.
 
Melissa
Melissa,
Great taste and flavors, one of my favorites for sure.
 
Dean
Dean,
Cherry, maple syrup and vanilla. Delicious.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Great nose which differs from the palate component. On the palate it has more of an astringency followed by herbal qualities. I got more fruit and honey on the nose than the palate.
 
Sunil
Sunil,
Love it. Smooth, barley taste it at first, then great, sweet finish.
 
Brian
Brian,
Clear sake taste, not much like most whiskey
 
james
james,
Very smooth.
 
Sonali
Sonali,
Definitely interesting. The nose is warm and inviting, very heavy on it's sherry notes. Flavor profile is smokey and light, but also showcases a distinct plum flavor (reminiscent of plum wine without sweetness or viscosity). Finishes spicy with a touch of sweetness. More of a novelty experience than something to invest in. Lost a bit of nuance with water.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Great flavor strong ending
 
Mark
Mark,
Deliciously smooth
 
Stephanie
Stephanie,
Almost Islay in style, good scotch taste and a refined finish
 
Robert
Robert,
Its a unique flavor... light with a bit of a metallic edge for me. Certainly not heavy or rich. Bottom line: there are better out there for half the price.
 
Jason
Jason,
A fun dram with a sweet apple nose and general fruitiness, the initial tongue is of candy strawberries and a fleshy fruit flavor that develops on the tongue with a VERY slight oak and cinnamon finish that pleasantly lingers.
 
David
David,
It's a little hot. The Sherry is prominent in the middle and works very well. Dark fruit and black pepper on the finish. Overall, it's bold but tastes a bit young. With a few more years of rest I think those flavors would marry and result in a much more drinkable and balanced dram. Nice, but there are much better options out there at this price point.
 
Art
Art,
absolutely loved this, it's sherry casking is very prominent in the taste. I wouldn't drink it every day, but for a treat, this one should be considered!
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Flavorful. More caramel scent and vanilla taste than what I expected.
 
JODY
JODY,
I had to review what the flavor should taste like. The Whiskey is light on the tongue. I taste the sweet then comes the spice. Don't taste plum or honey. It will do, but don't think will order again. Will have friends try and see what they think. Thankyou
 
Justin
Justin,
Just the right amount of sweetness and good mix of spice with fruit. Definitely a very good whiskey
 
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