New MARS 2016 Komagatake Yakushima Aging

MARS 2016 Komagatake Yakushima Aging 60%

Single Malt Whisky, Japan / Honshu - Nagano, 70cl, Ref: 56619

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This peated version (20 ppm) distilled at Shinshu was matured in the warehouses created by the Hombo Shuzo company on the island of Yakushima in the very south of Japan. The humid sub-tropical climate encourages rapid ageing and therefore a larger angel’s share. Alongside the Mars 2016 aged in Shinshu and the Mars aged in Tsunuki, it forms a breath-taking trio whose colourful personalities offer us the wonderful opportunity to venture further into the Mars world. Characterized by a particularly altruistic peat that takes the upper hand at the end of the palate, its aromatic and gustatory palette is teaming with flavours and aromas that rival each other in intensity and which are given complete freedom of expression.

the deep initial nose is malty, fruity (pear), vanilla and herbaceous (fern). Allowed to breathe, it becomes floral (lily of the valley) and vegetal (fresh coriander). Increasingly honeyed (acacia), it develops into a more medicinal register as peat appears. The powerful attack is particularly malty. On the mid-palate, an oily peat floods the taste buds. Notes of hydrocarbon and smoked fish. The assertive start to the finish is then malty and floral (orange blossom). The end of the palate is acidic (lemon) and smoky. On the retro-nasal olfaction, vetiver fragrances fill the air.
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  • Appearance : golden yellow.
  • Nose : rich, deep. The beautifully malty, fruity (pear, lemon), vanilla and herbaceous (green malt, fern) initial nose is extremely subtle. Allowed to breathe, it develops notes of white florals (lilac, lily of the valley), Golden Delicious apples and fresh coriander. Next, divinely honeyed (acacia, lavender), it gradually becomes medicinal (ointment) and musky. The very ethereal aromatic palette is nonetheless impressively present. Right at this moment, a hint of peat appears.
  • Palate : powerful, dense. The very malty attack stays close to the washback and refuses to take a back seat. It proudly displays a firmness and rigour that pays tribute to Mars’ master distiller. On the mid-palate, an oily peat weaves around the palate. It is more pronounced than on the nose. In reality, as the tasting progresses, the peat becomes more intense. This development reaches its peak in notes of hydrocarbon, soot, smoked fish and bacon.
  • Overall : long, assertive. Barley acts as the spine of a deliciously aquatic (reed, lotus) and floral (orange blossom) start to the finish. Next, mustard seed and grey pepper literally shatter the flavour palette, which becomes acidic (lemon), honeyed and smoky (Havana cigar). On the retro-nasal olfaction, vetiver and Russian leather fragrances fill the air. The empty glass turns to an incredibly pure distillate in which peat slightly dominates the expression.
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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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