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 distillery was founded in 2016.
- Distilled in 2016 and 2017 and bottled in 2020
- Aged 3–4 years in primarily bourbon and some sherry casks
- Peat levels of 20 & 50 parts per million
This 2100-bottle-release is the second from the newly reopened Mars Tsunuki Distillery. Located in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima from which the Hombo family originally helms, the weather is notably more humid and has greater fluctuation in temperature than the Mars Shinshu distillery in Nagano to the north and offers compelling diversity to the Mars book.
Brand Tasting Notes: A nose of smoked maple syrup, wet campfire, and dried apricot preps the palate for prominent peat and a note of sandalwood. The drying finish confidently displays browned butter, stemmy herbs, wet gravel, and a hint of menthol.
- Bottle Size750
- DistilleryMars Tsunuki
- StyleJapanese Whisky
- Country of OriginJapan
- Cask StrengthNo
- Cask TypeBourbon