Average Rating

81.70

5 votes

Average Shop & Tour
  • 78.40
    Ambiance
  • 77.60
    Selection
  • 84.80
    Value
  • 86.00
    Service
  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this distillery 83 points Super Administrator

    Producing almost entirely for the domestic market, Fuji Gotemba holds the record for being the world's largest whisky distillery. And yet, most people have never heard of it!

    Kirin's distillery tour is free of charge and requires an online reservation. You can visit Gotemba on a day trip from Tokyo by taking the Gotemba Line from Kōzu Station. At Gotemba Station, ask for the distillery bus or take the local bus to Midoro (370 Yen). English audio guides are provided, as the tour is held in Japanese. A fancy video presentation on a huge screen introduces you to Fuji Gotemba, after which you are led to the production site. You are free to take photos through the glass windows while the tour guide explains in detail how whisky is been made. It was very interesting to see their multi-column still, kettle and doubler for grain whisky production, as well as their bottling street. Since Kirin also owns Four Roses, the source of their casks was more than obvious. Not a lot of sherry casks here.

    The free tasting only included Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend. Fortunately, a selection of other malts could be ordered at the bar (paid), for example their 17-year-old Single Malt and 25-year-old Single Grain whisky. As had to be expected, none of their age statement expressions were available at the distillery shop. Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend and two NAS cask strength bottlings (70 cl / 20 cl) were the only options available.

    A very nice location to visit, even though we didn’t see Mt. Fuji on that day… Did I mentioned that I visited Japan five times, and I never saw Mt. Fuji? Rumour has it that mountain doesn't even exist!


    Total
    83
    Ambiance
    84
    Selection
    82
    Value
    84
    Service
    82

  2. Theli scored this distillery 87 points Connoisseur

    Didn't expect much as i read the previous reviews. But i was positively surprised ! Nice tour with a super high tec video at the beginning. Tour guide spoke only japanese but we could see the complete process incl the bottling streets. After the tour tasting with the standard blend and 3 more could be tasted for small money: 20th anniv blend, 17 years small batch and the 25 years single grain. At the end we visited the shop with offers like all tasted whisky plus singleton of glen ord 18 and some other nice articles.

    Total
    87
    Ambiance
    80
    Selection
    90
    Value
    90
    Service
    89

  3. Cast Olila scored this distillery 87 points Connoisseur

    Total
    87
    Ambiance
    90
    Selection
    83
    Value
    85
    Service
    90

  4. GLEN MAUR scored this distillery 86 points Connoisseur

    The best video , about the Distillery ever seen !!

    Total
    86
    Ambiance
    88
    Selection
    83
    Value
    85
    Service
    89

  5. Bachess scored this distillery 65 points Administrator

    Big factory were the whisky is a small part of all the products. Only two single malts available and no shop. The guide was good tho.

    Total
    65
    Ambiance
    50
    Selection
    50
    Value
    80
    Service
    80

Distillery location

Shibanuta 970
412-0003 Gotemba-shi
Japan

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