This small batch release of Fukano Whisky has been created in collaboration with Women Who Whisky to celebrate the career of Chizuru Fukano, the former Managing Director of Fukano Distillery in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto, Japan. She started at the distillery In 1990 as a volunteer tour guide and retired in 2018 after 28 years of service to the distillery.
The whisky was matured in used Oak, Manzanilla Sherry and Red Wine casks. This collaboration with the international Women Who Whiskey club is a sessionable sipper with complexity and backbone that would also work well in a refreshing cocktail.
Nose: So much going on here. Fresh raspberries under a hot sun. A Coffee note weaves through then transitions into an earthy, exotic note of rooibos tea. A bright little zing of slightly underripe strawberries with an undertone of hyacinth, then redwood!
Palate: A burst of allspice on the front palate. Very lightly stewed golden plum mid-palate, a hint of thyme, then more of that woodsy earthiness--like a dry, evergreen forest—that was found on the nose.
Finish: Rose petals just before they lose the bloom. A strong under note of cacao and a little bit of milky coffee with a lingering finish.