Kirin Fuji Sanroku 18 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky (700ml)
Kirin is, along with Asahi, the major maker of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages in Japan. Although not a whisky specialist as such, it does nonetheless participate in the whisky market. In fact, Kirin has a distillery at the foot of Mt. Fuji Japans sacred mountain. The name Fuji Sankoru translates as at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and the 18 year old is the cream of the crop. Produced at Fuji Gotemba Distillery. It has a very surprising richness and a deep fruity and woody aroma, we recommend that you give it a try.
Almost unknown outside of Japan, Fuji Sanroku which means "at the foot of Mount Fuji", is produced in Fuji Gotemba distillery, opened in 1973 and owned by the Kirin Group. As iconic locations go, it's hard to beat this distillery's picturesque environ. The water source is rain and melted snow from the top of Mount Fuji. Maturation typically takes place in x-Bourbon barrels.
While the focus is on grain whisky, a quantity of malt whisky is also produced and marketed under various labels (Gotemba & Sanroku), as well as making up a component of the Kirin blended whiskies. The less expensive ''Fuji Gotemba'' label contains only 18 year old malt, while ''Sanroku'' reputedly contains malt up to 24 years of age (malts are aged by their youngest component), hence the higher price tag.
Normally only available in Japan, this whisky is now quite rare.