Single Malt Whisky, 'Komagatake Limited Edition 2019', Mars Shinshu
Sandwiched between Japan’s soaring Southern Alps and the towering Central Alps and at just over 2,600 feet, Mars Shinshu is Japan’s highest whisky distillery. The Hombo family has been distilling shochu for more than a century and added whisky to their repertoire in 1949. Back then, the distillery was located in Kagoshima Prefecture on the southernmost island of Kyushu. In 1984, the Hombo clan moved the distillery to the idyllic alpine setting of Miyada village in southern Nagano Prefecture. They chose this site for its cool temperatures, which slow maturation, and the plentiful and soft granite-filtered, snowmelt-fed aquifers.
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This single release marks the 2nd endeavor by Mars Shinshu to define a house style. Between 4 and 6 years in age, this single malt was aged in ex-bourbon barrels on the top shelf of the distillery’s rack house where maturity happens the fastest. Light on its feet, this peppy, lightly peated single malt expresses notes of persimmon, apricot, and orange marmalade. 48% ABV