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Hombo Shuzo, the company behind Mars Distillery, produces many different styles of alcohol, starting with shochu in the early 1900s. They really started producing whisky in 1949 with the help of Mr. Kiichiro Iwai, an icon in the Japanese Whisky world. Shinshu is the main distillery which is in the Nagano Alps and Japan’s highest whisky distillery. The second is the Tsunuki distillery in Kagoshima, an island in the south of Japan.  In this release, they have taken their classic Iwai Tradition blended whisky and finished it in Chestnut Casks.


Fuyu means winter in Japanese and this special winter release is the classic Iwai Tradition finished for 4 months in Japanese chestnut casks. These casks add a subtle sweetness & pleasant bitterness to this inherently rich & malty whisky.

Tasting Notes from the producer:

Brown sugar, maple syrup, and toasty aromas on the nose, gentle tannin works well to bring up the sharpness in the body.  The finish is elegant and long with cacao.

Thanks to two of our lovely customers, N.C. & D.S., we were able to try a sample of this whisky! Our tasting notes…

Cherries and plums, a dash of damp cedar. Smells like fresh rain on a forest floor. The palate is cinnamon raisin bread, apples, and some rich spice. Long mellow flavor, soft and viscous.

  • Bottle Size750
  • DistilleryMars Shinshu
  • StyleJapanese Whisky
  • RegionJapan
  • AgeNAS
  • ABV40%
  • Country of OriginJapan
  • Cask StrengthNo
  • Cask TypeChestnut Casks
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