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.
Limited release of blended Japanese whisky from Mars Shinshu in Nagano. Iwai Tradition finished for 5 months in Sakura casks (Japanese cherry blossom). The Sakura casks are sourced from Ariake Sangyo Co., Japan’s only independent cooperage; the casks are rectangular due to the wood not being able to hold well in a traditional cask shape. Mash bill of 70% corn and 30% malted barley aged between 2–5 years in ex-bourbon, sherry, and American oak casks before finishing.
Brand Tasting Notes: A nose of honey, straw, and apricot jam with floral highlights transitions to a brandy-like roundness on the palate with a finish of cotton candy and ripe red berries.
Holly’s Tasting Notes: Roses, roasted red fruits, nuts, and some powdered cocoa. The palate has some of that American oak vanilla custard, mocha, and more creamy chocolate.
- Bottle Size750
- DistilleryMars Shinshu
- StyleJapanese Whisky
- Country of OriginJapan
- Cask StrengthNo
- Cask TypeSakura
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