Women Who Whiskey partnered with Fukano to create this beautiful whisky not only to celebrate its 10-year anniversary but to also celebrate Chizuru Fukano, former Managing Director of the Fukano Distillery. On Saturday, I had the privilege to sit with all these lovely ladies via Zoom to listen to Chizuru tell us her story. The former nurse started her journey at the distillery in 1990 and retired in 2018 after 28 years.
In Japan, the Fukano distillery is licensed to make Shochu (like Sake). What makes it different, its whisky made from locally grown rice. Sadly, they can’t sell it in Japan but can export it so, luckily for us, we get to experience a completely different type of whisky.
This was a limited-edition release with only 3000 bottles created. The art was created by artist Linh Do. wWw offered these to us via the Mixing Glass in CA for a cost of $79.99.
Nose: light, tea, and fruit
Palate: creamy, earthy, fruit and lightly sweet
Finish: light and woodsy
This whisky is bright, light and refreshing. At an ABV of 42.2% it’s very easy to drink. It’s great on its own but it also be great in a cocktail. During the Zoom call we learned that people in Japan enjoy Highballs but also enjoy their whisky by mixing it with water and other cocktail mixers.
Personally I love what they’ve done here. It’s a whisky I think non whisky drinkers would enjoy. I will enjoy those days I want a light whisky or cocktail.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.