Fukano 10 year old (2020 Release), 40.3%

Price: $100 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Peppercorns and aromatic spices ride over baked orange, toffee, and lemon peel. The spices are buzzing, like you've face-planted on a hornets' nest, and it's a blast: dry-roasted spice rubs, cumin, coriander seed, and some bitter blackened spice notes. In comparison, the palate feels like an anticlimax; mild and light, with lemon, honey, a Peppermint Pattie's center, vanilla, fudge, and zested orange, with the spices reduced to a background hum. (7,077 bottles)