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Fuji-Gotemba 1973/1993 20 Year old

Smooth and easy to drink

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

24th Apr 2016


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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.!


Victor commented

Sounds attractive. Thank you for your lovely review, @Pierre-W. I can easily smell and taste this one just reading the review. The descriptors remind me of some other Japanese products I have tasted. Interesting flavours, and just a bit different to remind you that the whisky was made in Japan. It is usually difficult to try to define those differences in words, but you know them when you smell and taste them.

3 years ago 0

Frost commented

@Pierre_W thank you an interesting review on a Japanese distillery that has gone under the radar in the recent explosion of interest.

3 years ago 0

Pierre_W commented

Many thanks for your feedback, @Victor. This one - although I had to base myself on just a sample - was comparatively easy to deconstruct. And you are right: this was close in taste to many Japanese whiskies that I have tried over the years. Good, honest stuff - I liked it. @Frost: Fuji-Gotemba has certainly not been getting a lot of attention and I do not see this change anytime soon.

3 years ago 0

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