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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 distillery was founded in 2016.


2022 Edition

Aged 3–4 years in 1st and 2nd-fill bourbon barrels
Peat level of 3.5 parts per million

Brand Tasting Notes: A nose of lemon cake and black tea is accompanied by light smoke. Orange marmalade offers sweet and bitter citrus on the palate, deepened by buttered toast and cocoa nib. Chocolate malt and lemon zest linger long on the finish.

Holly’s Tasting Notes: Orange blossom honey and caramel. A bit of brine, and salinity as well. The palate definitely shows more spice along with citrus, and a bit of sweet earth and chocolate.


  • Bottle Size700
  • DistilleryMars Tsunuki
  • StyleSingle Malt Whisky
  • RegionJapan
  • ABV50%
  • No. of Bottles2040
  • Year Bottled2022
  • Country of OriginJapan
  • Cask StrengthNo
  • Cask TypeBourbon
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