Whisky, 'The Lucky Cat, Hana', 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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The fifth release in the popular Mars ‘Lucky Cat’ Series, this blend is comprised of malt and grain spirits aged in ex-bourbon and finished in Oloroso sherry casks. Hana, which translates to “flower”, is the name of the cat of honor displayed on the bottle and reported to be the owner’s favorite. This rich blended whisky is lush with red fruit and prominent baking spice, tapering to an elegant finish of grain and brown sugar. 43% ABV