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 Komagatake Sherry & American White Oak 2011 is a wonderful blend of single malts aged in sherry casks and American white oak barrels.
Distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2014, this young whisky is surprisingly intense and full of flavours.
Limited to 5,200 bottles.
Nose: Sweet, caramel, toffee, candies, strawberries, coffee aromas and lovely peat hiding among them all.
Taste: Lightly creamy, nutty, dash of pepper, spices, malty. Water brings out even more of the wonderful peat.
Finish: Long. Peat comes through again, with the pepper and nutty notes hanging on.
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