A new 30 year old Fuji single grain whisky from Japan has debuted in the United States in very limited numbers.
The new Fuji 30-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey, according to those behind it, is a blend of multiple maturates of Canadian style grain whiskies. It includes distillates aged more than 30 years, including some aged up to 40 years. Distilled by the batch distillation method “kettle & column” and then rested in used American White Oak Barrels, each barrel was hand selected by Master Blender, Jota Tanaka.
“As Master Blender, it was an incredible privilege to see this expression awarded the honor of being named ‘World’s Best Grain Whiskey’ in its initial year of release in 2020 at the World Whiskies Awards, and trophy at the International Spirits Challenge,” said Tanaka in a prepared statement. “I am excited to finally share this rare gem with the U.S. and for a new audience to experience this exceptional whiskey.”
The Fuji 30-Year-Old Whiskey is bottled at 92 proof , and is available in California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, and Florida for around $3,000 per 700 ml bottle, with only 100 bottles being released in the States. Official tasting notes are at the end of this article.
The Mt. Fuji Distillery, for those that don’t know if it, was established in 1973 to “bring the best of Japanese craftsmanship to life while employing Scottish, American, and Canadian whisk(e)y making methods under a single roof, an amalgamation that celebrates whisky’s worldwide heritage. Situated just 7.5 miles from the peak of Mt. Fuji, Fuji Whisky is the only whisky in Japan to use the mountain’s snowmelt in its production.
“The snowmelt’s 50-year journey from Mt. Fuji’s peak to the depths of an underground aquifer to the distillery results in a uniquely clear, pristine, and soft water that is the foundation for Fuji’s distinctive whisky expressions.”
- Nose: Sweet and fragrant aromas of nutty brown sugar are concentrated, with ripe fresh and dried fruit.
- The Palate: The flavors are opulent and concentrated with a seductive honeyed sweetness and bitter chocolate notes.
- Finish: A gently woody aftertaste lingers that supports the layered, complex flavors.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...