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.
Mars Maltage Komagatake 10 years is a blended pure malt from Shinshu distillery, meaning that this whisky does not consist of any grain whisky. It is an expression not only for whisky enthusiasts, but also rare collectors as production at Shinshu is very limited.
Nose: Strong fruity aromas, such as peaches, apricots and pears. There is vanilla and some oak wood. Light spices followed by honey, nuts and white wine.
Palate: Nutty, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, woody, smoky, very crisp.
Finish: Short to medium. Warm, spicy but light.
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