New MARS 2016 Komagatake Shinshu Aging

MARS 2016 Komagatake Shinshu Aging 61%

Single Malt Whisky, Japan / Honshu - Nagano, 70cl, Ref: 56617

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After being mothballed in 1992, Mars Shinshu began production again in the winter of 2011. Today the distillery closes for only two months in the summer. It produces four types of spirit, one unpeated and the three others peated to 3.5 ppm, 20 ppm and 50 ppm respectively. With a phenol level of 20 ppm, this pale gold version underscores the subtle influence exercised by the barrel during ageing in Shinshu. It clearly focuses on a salty, medicinal peat, with no fear of venturing on the finish to very far-off lands only to come back in force at the end of the tasting. It is one of the three stages of the Martian epic we are invited to discover.

the subtle initial nose is medicinal (balm), peaty and salty. Allowed to breathe, it becomes medicinal (camphor) and fruity (white peach). Florals (lily) and aromatic plants (mint) then nuance a delicately peated malted barley with their perfumes. The precise attack is smoky and ashy. On the mid-palate, spices (cardamom), candied citrus fruit and coconut milk refresh the palate. The concentrated start of the finish brings absinthe to mind. Lush, it also becomes increasingly milky and oily (green olive). On the retro-nasal olfaction, peat and malted barley rival each other in intensity.
Japanese Single Malt – 61%, 70cl
Single Cask no. 3320 – Bourbon Barrel
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  • Appearance : pale gold.
  • Nose : fine, subtle. The medicinal (ointment, mustard poultice) initial nose offers a peat rooted in a subsoil that overflows with salts. Allowed to breathe, it develops medicinal (camphor, mustard seed) notes. At the same time, fresh fruits (pear, white peach) release their deliciously sweet juices. Next, heady florals (lily, carnation) and aromatic plants (mint, verbena) cover delicately peaty grains of malted barley in their bewitching perfumes.
  • Palate : clear, precise. The attack is irresistible. Smoke and ash are placed on the palate with lots of finesse. Immediately after, very noble spices (cardamom), almond, coconut and candied citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon) bring lots of freshness to the mid-palate. The original end of the palate reveals flavours of cut hay and patchouli-flavoured lucerne.
  • Overall : long, concentrated. With remarkable maturity, the start of the finish ventures into the world of absinthe. Extremely lush, it gradually becomes increasingly milky (coconut), vegetal and oily (green olive). Rich marzipan notes then bring to mind an almond pastry. On the retro-nasal olfaction, malted barley and peat rival each other in intensity, whilst green apples add a particularly invigorating sour dimension. The empty glass is naturally malty, herbaceous and medicinal.
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Located in Japan, the Mars distillery has a rather unusual, turbulent history. Its founder is none other than Kiichiro Iwai, the man who instigated the departure for Scotland of the renowned Masataka Taketsuru and more importantly the owner of a spirit company that produces shochu (Japanese eau de vie). The Shinshu Mars distillery is situated in an exceptional location that affords a truly unique whisky. Located at an altitude of 800 metres, in a region that has a particularly harsh climate, the distillery benefits from pure spring water filtered over centuries by the mountains. Another remarkable feature of this distillery is that it only produces whisky during the winter months. The fall in demand during the eighties forced the distillery to close down in 1992, but it was reopened in 2011. It was only natural then that the first whisky to be made in the new stills be called ‘The Revival 2011’.
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