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Mars "Komagatake" Single Malt Whisky Limited Edition 2020
Located between Japan’s soaring Southern Alps and the towering Central Alps, at just over 2,600 feet, Mars Shinshu is Japan’s highest whisky distillery. The Hombo family have been distilling for more than a century and added whisky to their repertoire in 1949. At that time the distillery was located in the Tsunuki region of Kagoshima Prefecture on the southern-most island of Kyushu.
Until 1984, it was the southernmost whisky made in Japan, which ended when the Hombo clan moved the distillery to the idyllic alpine setting of Miyada village in southern Nagano Prefecture, Central Japan. They chose this site for its cool temperature, which slowed maturation, and the plentiful soft granite filtered snowmelt fed aquifers. A beautiful choice.
In 2016, Hombo Shuzo reopened and introduced new pot stills to their first distillery location in Kagoshima now known as the Mars Tsunuki Distillery, once again Japan’s southernmost distillery.They also built an aging facility on a tiny island known as Yakushima, a National World Heritage site, where they now age spirits from both Shinshu and Tsunuki distilleries.
The label celebrates the opening of the reconstructed distilling site at Mars Shinshu distillery. The 2020 Komagatake was aged for over 3 years in sherry casks and American White Oak made barrels. Distiller’s tasting reveals prune, honey, and vanilla on the nose and sweet orange on the palate accompanied by developing cocoa powder. The finish is long, gentle, and sweet. A beautiful amber hue, this whisky is sure to delight.
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