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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.


This IWAI release is a blended Japanese Whisky finished in Umeshu Casks. Umeshu or Ume is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping ume plums in liquor and sugar. It has a sweet, sour taste, and an alcohol content of 10–15%. Famous brands of umeshu include Choya.

  • Finished for 6 months
  • Distilled from 70% malted barley and 30% corn
  • Brand Tasting Notes: Honey, toffee and ginger spice of classic Iwai Tradition is amplified by a nose of cinnamon and a lingering finish of sweet & sour plum and black tea.
  • Bottle Size750
  • DistilleryMars Shinshu
  • StyleJapanese Whisky
  • RegionJapan
  • AgeNAS
  • ABV40%
  • Country of OriginJapan
  • Cask StrengthNo
  • Cask TypeUme
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