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It’s Whiskey #FFS | Mars/Iwai, Whiskey Travel

Published October 28, 2022

We head back over to Japan with a look at Mars Distilleries including Shinshu and Tsunuki. Both Charles and I have visited Shinshu and had different experiences but all in all, this is a distillery worth the 4 hours one-way of public transit.

We also would like to hear from all of you about our 2023 whiskey travel plans. Charles owns a company called Rascal + Thorn which is a culinary and whiskey tour company. He has led trips to Japan, Scotland, Kentucky, Ireland, and other destinations with groups looking to hunt down the most immersive and fun whiskey experiences! We discuss some of our travel ideas and want to hear from all of you on what you would like to see and maybe you can join us on some of these travels. Write to us at with your comments & ideas.

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New Bottles to the shop:

Distiller’s Art

  • Tamdhu 14YR Sherry Butt Matured
  • Craigellachie 13YR Sherry Butt Matured
  • Dailuaine 21YR Hogshead Matured
  • Tamnavulin 11YR Hogshead Matured
  • Macduff 14YR Hogshead Matured
  • Blair Athol 11YR Bourbon Barrel Matured


  • Peat Reek – Sherry & Amontillado & Re-charred Cask
  • 32YR Wardhead Teaspooned Blended Malt ( Google Wardhead 😉 )
  • Old Man of Hoy 16YR Highland Park Raw Cask
  • Macduff Raw Cask 14YR
  • Raw Cask Bunna 16YR Moine
  • Miltonduff 10YR PX Cask
  • Tomatin 10YR PX Sherry Cask Matured
  • The Legendary 10YR Single Malt

Keeper’s Heart  – Brian Nation

  • Irish + American Whiskey
  • Bourbon + American Whiskey
  • Penderyn 10YR Ruby Port Single Cask English Whisky
  • Filey Bay Flagship Welsh Whisky
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm & Sanaig
  • Castle & Key Bourbon Batch 4

For more information on IWAI check out this link. We mentioned it in the podcast. >> 

Our Podcast Name: It’s Whiskey #FFS (For F****’s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits

Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal