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Fukano K&L Exclusive Single Cask #282 Japanese Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1243947

This exceptional distillery in the city of Kumamoto on the southern island of Kyushu has been distilling since 1823. They're famous for a diverse offering of Shochus and high quality liqueurs, but a tiny portion of their production is devoted to malted rice distillation. In Japan, these old whiskies are not bottled as such, though they do meet the definition by American standards. Instead they use them to make their high-end liqueurs, which is sad for them, but GREAT for us. This rare spirit is aged much like bourbon in new charred oak casks. The result is something absolutely sublime and uniquely Japanese. While one might be expecting Shochu squared, we're in fact in a totally different arena altogether. Nothing like you might have had from other producers bringing in similarly labeled product. Somewhere between scotch, bourbon and "other whisky", both the complexity of aromatics and texture on the palate are surprising. This cask has a vibrant nose of nut brittle, spiced fruit, lemon rind, and almond butter. A very subtle oceany quality persists in the back ground. Supremely drinkable but not without a pop on the backend, this is a true bridge between Single Malt and Bourbon. We have no doubt that everyone is going to love drinking this, although its limited nature makes it a strong candidate for most regrettable failure to click of the year. It's our first single cask Japanese whisky since the famous Karuizawas of 2013, don't expect it to last much longer than those did.

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/29/2016 | Send Email
This is hands down the most easy drinking dram we've brought in this year. It's soft, rich, and full of beautiful toasted coconut and caramel notes and the finish lasts forever. This is a unique whisky (in a good way, not weird and esoteric!) that you definitely shouldn't miss out on if you like having something in the bar you can drink on almost any occasion. On its own, or dressed up in a cocktail the possibilities here are endless. Kanpai!

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2016 | Send Email
Attn: Japanese whisky faithfuls and beyond! Here is a truly unique spirit that makes the perfect after dinner whiskey. With the aromas of candied corn reminiscent of a wheated bourbon or even a lighter Armagnac, this spirit is totally seamless with equal parts elegance and richness. The middle shows sweet flavorful notes of a creme brulee meets toffee. Totally smooth and delicious. Get'em while you can!

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2016 | Send Email
This whiskey is for those who are looking for a soft and easy to drink spirit. It has expressive and inviting sweet vanilla aromas. In the mouth it is soft and fruity with a kiss of sweetness.If you like the Nikka Coffrey whiskey I think that you will enjoy the Fukano.

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