Top 20 Whiskies of 2017

#20 • Fukano 2017 Edition

  • Rank: 20
  • Year: 2017
  • Score: 90
  • Price: $80
  • ABV: 42.8%
  • Style: Rice Whisky
  • Place of Origin: Japan

Japanese rice whiskies enjoy a cult following for their delicate flavors. This Fukano stands out with its ethereal fruity delights, the result of meticulous vigilance to preserve the spirit’s subtle nature. It brings a supple nose of lychee, ripe peaches, Smarties, watermelon, allspice, and white pepper.

A light, slightly syrupy texture is underscored by watermelon and raspberry as it unwraps peach, nectarines, rhubarb, and custard candy, fruit Life Savers, stewed fruits, red berries, and light citrus. Fukano promises to broaden our whisky horizons. —Jonny McCormick