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- Brand: Fuji-Gotemba
- ABV: 40%
Fuji Gotemba distillery was established in 1973 as a joint venture between Kirin, Seagram and Chivas, before Kirin assumed full ownership in 2002. This pure malt dates from joint venture times as it was released in 1993 to commemorate the distillery’s 20th anniversary.
The nose is rich and fruity. I got lovely notes of fudge, crème brûlée, mango and apricots, together with vanilla, cinnamon and a touch of milk chocolate.
The palate is medium-bodied and smooth on the tongue. The vanilla and apricot flavours are back, now followed by notes of orange peel, honey and liquorice.
The finish is of medium length and nicely warming. I again got some apricots and honey, accompanied by a whiff of coffee.
I absolutely loved the fruity and very lush nose of this pure malt. Palate and finish were satisfying too, however the highlight for me was the nose. A smooth and easy-to-drink malt that is now hard to find, from a distillery that is not too well known, not even in Japan. Again, many thanks for the sample, Clint A.!