More Ji-Whisky coming to Europe shortly
Ji-Whisky is the term used for craft distilling in Japan, more or less (see more from Nonjatta and Dekantã on this). The French company Les Whiskies du monde have been bringing some of these products to Europe over the past few years. We have previously reviewed Akashi, Togouchi and Isawa. Now Les Whiskies du monde are bringing out a new Ji-Whisky, from the same company that produced the Isawa, Monde Shuzou Distillery. The new product is called Fujikai 10 YO, and will be on sale shortly. Not sure yet if we will see this in Norway or Sweden, but maybe. The alternative is to contact Les Whiskies du monde directly.
This whisky has been matured for 10 years in bourbon casks, bottled at 43 % and is being sold in 50 cl bottles.
Will we be seeing more Ji-Whisky from other producers in Europe soon as well? I think we might, as there is a huge demand for Japanese whisky, and Suntory and Nikka have great trouble meeting demand. The Ji-Whisky needs to be of good quality, though. Discerning consumers of single malt whisky are not easily fooled.
We will be back with a review of the Fujikai 10 YO as soon as we can.
Sláinte! - Thomas