[Lottery sales from May 23, 2023] Single Malt Japanese Whisky Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition

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Fujigotenba Distillery

The official website of Kirin Distillery Fuji Gotemba Distillery has released information on the lottery sales of “Single Malt Japanese Whisky Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition”.
The lottery application period is from May 23 to June 15. The number of bottles sold by lottery is 1,140.

It is a very valuable single malt whisky with the original distilled in 1973, the year the distillery started operation, and the original distilled in each generation from 1970 to 2010’s. The number of lottery sales is 1,140.

1. About the lottery application

Applications can be made through Kirin’s online store, DRINX. DRINX membership registration is required to apply. Click here for membership registration form.

Click here to apply for the lottery.

Application period: Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 – Thursday, June 15, 15:00
Notification of winners: Notification of winners and losers and purchase information will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the application form on or after Friday, June 23.
Product shipping: Products will be shipped sequentially from mid-July.

2. Single Malt Japanese Whisky Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition

The distillery started distilling in 1973, the year it started its operation, and the best of the original distillates from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s are used in the distillation process. This single malt whisky is a perfect blend of the deep, matured aroma of the precious, long-aged original spirit, the delicate malt flavor that has been cherished up to now, and the new fruity malt flavor that has been refined.
We hope you will enjoy the “beautiful” flavor of this 50th anniversary whisky.

Reference: From the 50th year of Fuji Gotemba Distillery.|KIRIN official mail order DRINX

Product Name

Single Malt Japanese Whisky Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition

Sake Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Ingredients Malt
Casks Bourbon barrels, Oloroso barrels, wine barrels, etc.
Number of bottles Limited to 3,000 bottles
Strength 52%
Price Suggested retail price: 21,780 yen (tax included)
Manufactured at Fuji Gotemba Distillery
Producer Kirin Distillery Company, Limited

3. About Fuji Gotemba Distillery

Location 970 Shibafuda, Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 412-0003, Japan
Start of operation November 1973

August 1972  Kirin-Seagram Company established as a joint venture between Kirin Brewery Company (Japan), JE Seagram Company (U.S., at the time), and Sievers Brothers (U.K.).
November 1973  Fuji Gotemba Distillery completed and production begins.

February 1974  Japanese Whisky “Robert Brown” is released.

July 2002  Company name changed to “Kirin Distillery Company, Limited” (became a wholly owned subsidiary of Kirin Brewery Company, Limited)

September 2005  Japanese Whisky “Kirin Whisky Fuji-Sanroku Barrel Aged 50°” and “Kirin Whisky Fuji-Sanroku Single Malt 18 Years” are released.

March 2016  “Kirin Whisky Fuji-Sanroku Blended 18 Years Old” released; “Kirin Whisky Fuji-Sanroku Barrel-Aged Original Sake 50°” released.

August 2018  “Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend” is released.

April 2020  “Kirin Single Grain Whisky Fuji” is released.

Fuji, “Kirin Distillery Company Limited’s Fuji Gotemba Distillery” is one of the few whisky distilleries in the world to handle the entire process from preparation to bottling of malt and grain whiskies.
The distillery produces a wide variety of Kirin Group products, including whisky, mineral water, and canned chuhai, in a natural environment blessed with abundant subterranean water from Fuji, a cool climate, and frequent fog throughout the year.

In February 2019, the company invested approximately 8 billion yen to expand its production facilities in preparation for further increases in whisky sales volume in the future.
In order to produce a wide variety of malt whisky base whisky, four new small fermentation tanks and two lines of four distillers were installed to approximately double the base whisky production capacity, and the barrel storage capacity was increased by approximately 20% through renewal and enlargement of the barrel aging warehouse. The new facility will start operation in June 2021.

Reference: Kirin Distillery Company Limited official website

For more information about Fuji Gotemba Distillery, please see also here↓.


4. Lineup of fuji Gotenba Distillery

4-1 Single Blended Japanese Whisky Fuji


4-2 Single Grain Whisky Fuji



Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whisky and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whisky and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whisky? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whisky in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

Misato Ushiwata

Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
She attended a university in Tokyo, where she studied brewing and other sciences while translating articles for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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