GSN Review: Fuji Single Grain Whisky & FUJI Whisky World Blend

Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners (‘DVWP’) recently announced the U.S. debut of FUJI Whisky, the grain and blended whiskies from Japan. Launching in the U.S. for the first time in the brand’s history, FUJI Single Grain Whiskey, the brands flagship blend, and FUJI Whisky World Blend are now available at select establishments nationwide on and off premise.

Mt. Fuji Distillery was established in 1973 employing Scottish, American, and Canadian whisk(e)y making methods under a single roof, an amalgamation that celebrates whiskey’s worldwide heritage. Named after one of Japan’s most iconic landmarks, Mt. Fuji Distillery is situated just miles from the peak of Mt. Fuji and is one of the few whiskies in the world to use the mountain’s snowmelt in its production. The snowmelt’s 50-year journey from Mt. Fuji’s peak to the depths of an underground aquifer to the distillery results in a uniquely soft water that is the foundation for FUJI’s distinctive whisky expressions.

Master Blender Jota Tanaka refers to it as the “precious gift.” Tanaka is an Icon of Whisky Award Winner 2017, with 30 years of experience in the industry both in Japan and the U.S. and is only the second Master Blender in Mt. Fuji Distillery’s 48-year history.

The FUJI World Whisky expression showcases malt and grain whiskies, including three different types of grain whiskey. The expression is a blend of Japanese and Scotch whiskies. GSN’s Remarks: Slightly sweet maltiness on the entry with plenty of high notes of wood. Light, elegant and approachable. Perfect for a highball with club soda. There’s nothing here that will hit you over the head with flavor, just a rock solid whisky that has a sprightly, approachable character. GSN Rating: A-

The FUJI Single Grain Whiskey is a blend of three different grain whiskeys, each distilled in three different methods, each possessing its own unique flavor profile. The American features a more heavy, rich, floral fruity style; the Canadian type is medium, luscious, and delicately fruity; and the Scotch type is known for its lighter, soft, yet compelling qualities. GSN’s Remarks: A completely different animal than the World Whisky. This is more fulsome, fruitier, sweeter and nectar-like. Round, hitting a full spectrum of the the palate with malt, spice, wood, and a smooth tree fruit essence. Excellent neat, this also holds up well with a large rock. Great showcase for the master blender’s skill. GSN Rating: A++

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