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.
This is one where adding water really brings out the depth of flavors. This is a nice medium complexity whiskey. Very fruity and enjoyable.
Smooth, fruity and cinnamon start, but harsher finish. Drinkable, but not my favorite
Smooth but a bit too much smoke and spice for me.
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.
Just good as AF
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.
Strong plum and port flavors, really tangible cascade of flavors. Complex and flavorful. Cinnamon, comfort, smooth.
Really liked the flavors the rice imposes on the flavor profile.
Honey, full-bodied, caramel, fruit/sherry
Too sweet. Seemed like a saki at first into a sweet whisky
Smooth, slightly sweet, nice body and finish, but there’s an odd initial flavor upfront, not sure I can get used to.
Nice refreshing change to the Scottish malts
Super smooth and wonderful flavor...
Smooth, light, and very tasty.
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.
First foray into Rice Whisky- fantastically smooth
Sweet and smooth! Loved every bit of this rice Whisky.
Decent taste, slight sweetness.
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!
Brilliant!! Glazed donut in a glass. Smooth as can be!
Delicious. Sweet/Smooth/Dark Fruitiness.
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.
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!
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!!!!!
Semi sweet nice fruit flavor. Very smooth.
Will definitely purchase again.
Delicious. Simple pure tones of flavor. Sweet with vanilla and cinnamon represented by plum with some good complex spice structure.
Some interesting aroma, but the taste and finish was much more bitter than I prefer.
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.
We thought this tasted like cold purple
haze saki with a little burn at the
back reminiscent of whiskey. We Liked it.
Fruity with good flavor. Light and well balanced.
Great taste and flavors, one of my favorites for sure.
Cherry, maple syrup and vanilla. Delicious.
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.
Love it. Smooth, barley taste it at first, then great, sweet finish.
Clear sake taste, not much like most whiskey
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.
Great flavor strong ending
Almost Islay in style, good scotch taste and a refined finish
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.
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.
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.
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!
Flavorful. More caramel scent and vanilla taste than what I expected.
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
Just the right amount of sweetness and good mix of spice with fruit. Definitely a very good whiskey