Fuji Gotemba is a distillery founded in 1972 by the Kirin Group & located at the foot of the famous Mount Fuji using this as its water source. Not only are they a production facility, they are also a fermentation, distillation, blending aging & bottling facility. Their whisky is often over shadowed by the likes of Nikka and Suntory but this is an excellent grain whiskey. The nose reveals floral notes accompanied by aromas of pear pie, candied chestnut, and orange peel. The palate features poached pears, apple compote and dark chocolate, but also spicy touches of cinnamon and toasted touches of rye bread.
Still: Kettle distiller, doubler, multi column continuous.
Mash bill: undisclosed but mix of corn and some malted barley.
Aged: American white oak with no age statement disclosed.
Grain: Maize, barley, rye (only for heavy-type grain whisky).Mashing: 1 stainless steel cooker.Fermentation: 12 stainless steel fermenters and 1 beer well.Distillation: A 5 column still, a kettle and a doubler used in various configurations.
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