Fukano Astor Single Cask Japanese Whisky
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Fukano Astor Single Cask Japanese Whisky

Item # 37868 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Fukano is an independent distillery on the island of Kyushu dating back to 1823, easily making it one of the oldest continually operating in Japan. Five generations of the Fukano family have guided the business to international renown over the nearly two centuries of history. Utilizing the islands famed aromatic rice varieties and incredibly pure Kuma river as a water source, the Fukanos make whiskies that not only speak to the local terroir but the spirit of Japan at large. This seven year old whisky was aged in an ex-Fukano whisky cask and bottled at full proof un-filtered from a single cask. The whisky opens with notes that remind you of great bourbon with pristine flavors of banana bread, coconut icing, cherry blossom, mulberry, yellow plum and white pepper.

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Staff Pick Notes

The most important thing you need to know about Fukano whisky is that it's made from rice. Whereas the more famous whisky brands from Japan were originally styled in the Scottish whisky tradition, Fukano and other rice whiskys are the latest chapter of shochu production, a centuries-old aspect of Japanese culture. Rice spirits have a certain quality to them, it's the texture. They never hang as heavy as a corn whiskey or even a barley malt and it gives them a refined edge. It's also something people find a little strange if they aren't used to it! I have to admit it took me a few tries before I could really get what I was tasting, but I was really pleased with this new single barrel. The nose is so approachable and bourbon-like with a wacky salty-sweet palate. A very cool whisky to consider if you give it a chance.

- TT

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