Shinshu distillery is located in Miyata village in Nagano prefecture at 798 meters above sea level where the distillery’s cool climate and pure water sources contributes to the high standards of Komagatake's single malt. Distilled in winter, Shinshu whiskies are then aged in sherry, brandy and bourbon casks. The distillery was built in 1985 by its parent, Hombo Shuzo (“Hombo Brewing”) that is well-known for their shochu and plum wines. Prior to 1985, Hombo's whisky operations had been at Kagoshima on the Southern Island of Kyushu and in Yamanashi where it first started its whisky line in 1960. The distillery stopped whisky production in 1992 due to a decrease in demand; however production resumed in 2011 following a recovery of the Japanese whisky market.
Almost impossible to get your hands on. The Mars Komagatake 22 years is a vatting of two American White Oak casks (#1042 and #1039), an ex-sherry cask (#384) and a refill (ex-Scotch) cask (#481), bottled at 43% abv with a release of only 1,359 bottles.
Nose: Dried fruits, red berries, sherry, oak, vanilla. Very similar to the 10 years with the added age showing lots of great characteristics.
Palate: Smooth, gentle spicy oak wood, sweet yet zesty, nutty and vanilla notes again.
Finish: Long, with gentle woodiness and fruits lingering on.
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