[June 25th on sale]Kirin Single Grain Japanese Whiskey Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition

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Kirin Single Grain Japanese Whiskey Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition will be released by Kirin Brewery Company, Limited.Features, price and how to purchase thelimited edition bottle commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fuji Gotemba Distillery.

Kirin Distillery Fuji Gotemba Distillery has released information on the lottery sales of “Single Grain Japanese Whiskey Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition”.
This whiskey is a blend of all three types (bourbon type, Canadian type, and Scotch type) of original grain whiskey from the precious 1970s distillation at the time of operation, and subsequent generations of original whiskey from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.


1. lottery application

Applications will be accepted through Kirin’s online store DRINX. DRINX member registration is required to apply.
Official page is here.

Details of the lottery will be announced on Tuesday, May 28th.

About Single Grain Japanese Whiskey Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition


<What’s in the bottle

Fuji Gotemba Distillery has continued to refine its techniques, persistence, and passion for whisky.

Fuji Gotemba Distillery uses all three types of grain whiskey (bourbon, Canadian, and Scotch) from the precious original whiskey distilled in the 1970s, when the distillery was still in operation, and blends in the subsequent generations of whiskey from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. You will enjoy a beautiful taste that perfectly blends the sweet and complex matured aroma derived from the long-aged original grain and the gorgeous aroma of the original grain that has been continuously improved with an eye to the future.

Fuji on the bottom of the bottle is retained, while a special label for the 50th anniversary limited edition features a gold leaf and a band at the bottom of the label. The label design emphasizes the precious limited edition nature of the bottle with a handwritten alcohol content and bottle number on each bottle, which is unique to this limited edition cask strength product.

Product NameKirin Single Grain Japanese Whiskey Fuji 50th Anniversary Edition
Sake typeSingle-grain Japanese whiskey
Cask TypeCask
Number of bottlesLimited to 6,000 bottles
Frequency52% *This is planned to be cask strength
PriceSuggested retail price: 27,500 yen (including tax) *Fuji Gotemba Distillery store, DRINX price
Manufactured at Fuji Gotemba DistilleryFuji Gotemba Distillery
ProducerKirin Distillery Company, Limited

About Fuji Gotemba Distillery

Location970 Shibafuda, Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 412-0003, Japan
Start of operationNovember 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.).
Nov 1973 Fuji Gotemba Distillery completed and production started
Feb. 1974 Domestic whiskey “Robert Brown” released
July 2002 Company name is changed to Kirin Distillery Company, Limited (becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Kirin Brewery Company, Limited)
September 2005 Domestic whiskey “Kirin Whiskey Fuji-Sanroku Barrel Aged 50°” and “Kirin Whiskey Fuji-Sanroku Single Malt 18 Years” are released.
March 2016 Launches “Kirin Whisky Fuji-Sanroku Blended 18 Years Old” and “Kirin Whisky Fuji-Sanroku Barrel-Aged Original 50°”.
August 2018: “Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend” released
April 2020: Kirin Single Grain Whiskey Fuji is released

Fuji Gotemba Distillery, located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, 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 whiskey 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

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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.

Ryuhei Oishi

Bartender at bar Shinkai Toranomon, born in Hokkaido.
After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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