Friday, August 21, 2015

New Release: Fujikai 10yo Single Malt

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo

It seems to be raining new releases of Japanese whisky lately – even though August is traditionally a quiet month on the whisky front – and we’ve just received news of yet another limited release coming out of Japan: Fujikai 10yo Single Malt.
Produced by Monde Shuzo, in partnership with their European distributor Les Whiskies du Monde, it’s been matured in ex-bourbon casks for 10 years and bottled at 43%abv. It comes in a 50cl bottle and is limited to 8,808 bottles. “Fujikai” refers to Mt Fuji and “Kai-no-kuni” which is the old name for Yamanashi prefecture.

Monde Shuzo is a well-known wine producer, based in Fuefuki in Yamanashi. They occasionally make some whisky – though the hows and wheres are shrouded in mystery. It’s not clear whether this 10yo was produced a decade ago or whether it was older stock that was put in inert containers (as is sometimes the case with smaller producers in Japan, e.g. with the Mars 10yo – which is an anomaly since Mars didn’t produce whisky 10 years ago).

We will get back to you with tasting notes very soon, so stay tuned!


Wallace Tsai said...

Interesting. I was also wondering about how the Mars 10 YO came about. So they put their stock which was matured for 10 years in inert containers before going silent? What are those containers made of and how was the process?

Niels Viveen said...

If it is the same quality as other monde products, I am not holding my breath for tasting notes.