Founded in 1823, Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is surrounded by mountains and is known for its pure water and nature. Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky in a pot still. These releases are very limited in nature and only a few casks are bottled each year.
The Vault Reserve 2 is fuller and more rounded than its #1 release, with a sweeter taste profile and a softer mouthfeel. On the palate expect notes of vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar, and bourbon. Despite this, it's still a fairly bright whiskey, with hints of orange peel. Overall a richness and spice that makes you want to curl up by a fire. Bottled at 40.4% abv.