MARS WHISKY Komagatake Voyager Estate
Wine Cask Finish Single Malt 2021 700ml (LIMITED)
Mars Komagatake Single Malt ‘Wine Cask Finish’ was produced in collaboration with Voyager Estate from the famous Margaret River region located in Western Australia.
Only 924 bottles have been produced. This is the 2nd collaboration and this special whisky is sold only in Australia and Japan.
This Single Malt was distilled at Mars Shinshu Distillery in 2016 in Nagano Prefecture and matured in a bourbon barrel for more than 3 years.
It was then aged for another 15 months in French Troncais oak.
This oak cask was previously used to age Voyager Estate’s flagship red wine, their ‘MJW’ Cabernet Sauvignon, and was sent to Japan in early 2020 once the wine came out of the cask.
This special whisky shows the harmony between the world of whisky and wine.
The attractive pale red rose colour is evidenced from red wine cask, fruity notes on the aroma with grapes, berry, pomegranate.
A elegant smooth mouthfeel with grape fruit character. The finish is long, viscous umami, and well balanced with sweetness.
MARS WHISKY Komagatake Single Malt Whisky ‘Edition’ 2021 700ml
Mars Shinshu distillery is located near Mt. Komagatake and is at the top peak of the Kiso mountain range of the Japanese Alps in Nagano Prefecture at around 800m above sea level.
Pure mineral water from the mountain is used for whisky making and the distillery is surrounded by beautiful clean air.
Short hot summers encourage maturation, and long cold winter gives whisky a slow and gentle maturation as well as a break.
Selected single malt are blended to create this 2021 edition. Very limited bottling.
Whisky aged mainly in Bourbon and Sherry casks makes up the expression of this whisky. Ripe fruits note such as quince, apricot, banana and vanilla on the nose.
The palate shows the sweetness of honey, melon, and ripe persimmon fruits, also the hazelnut character from the Sherry cask. A smooth and elegant finish.
MARS WHISKY Komagatake IPA Cask Finish Single Malt 2021 700ml
Mars Shinshu distillery is located high in the Japanese Alps in Nagano Prefecture at around 800m above sea level.
Next door, there is a beer brewery called Minami Shinshu Brewery. Pure mineral water from the mountain is used for both whisky and craft beer making and both facilities are surrounded by beautiful clean air.
After 3 years of aging in traditional oak barrels, this selected single malt whisky is then further matured in casks that were used in the production of India Pale Ale at the brewery next door.
This extra aging provides a subtle and unique essence of beer character to the whisky.
Citrus fruits and fresh herbs on the nose with hints of vanilla which comes from the IPA casks. The palate shows summer citrus flavours such as grapefruit and orange, followed by a sweet malt character.
The finish is clean and crisp like the bitterness of a beer.