Mars Shinshu Iwai Tradition Whisky

Mars Shinshu

Iwai Tradition Whisky

(0.75l, 40%)


5.1/10
Price:
$58.99
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A harmonious Whisky that would make Iwai-san proud.

Mars Shinshu has taken Japanese Whisky to new heights, literally. Whisky-making at 798 meters (just over 2,600 feet), Shinshu is the highest Whisky distillery in Japan. Mars Shinshu is owned by the Hombo's, a family Japanese brewers that have been in the business of distillation for over a century. They eventually took a shot at Whisky, making it a part of their production in 1949. They decided to move the distillery to the idyllic alpine village Miyada. This high altitude and cool climate provides excellent Whisky-making conditions.

Mars Shinshu Iwai Tradition Whisky is named after Kiichiro Iwai, also known as “The Silent Pioneer of Japanese Whisky,” Iwai-san and former mentor of Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka and Suntory Whisky. Iwai sent Taketsuru to Scotland to learn the art of whisky-making. And he became the first Japanese to learn the art, Taketsuru returned to Japan, presenting a Whisky-making report -the Taketsuru Notes- to Iwai.

This special Japanese blend is distilled with the waters that pass through granite rock, which is high in natural minerals. Iwai is a blended Whisky, made of both single malts, grains, and blended Whiskies. This mixture is then aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry, and ex-Wine casks, creating a perfect trifecta of harmonious flavor. Shinshu’s Whiskies are quality manifestations of their longstanding history of distilling. “Kame no kou yori toshi no kou": “Wisdom gotten from age is better than the shell of a tortoise.” With age comes wisdom, and damn good Whisky.

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  • Style
    Japanese Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Chubu
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    Mars Shinshu
  • Bottler
    Mars Shinshu

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Japan is the second biggest producer of single malt Whisky in the world. Much to general surprise.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark caramel

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Grapes, Sherry, peat

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Peppery, cherry, toffee, honey, ginger spice

Finish
Long, crisp, rounded
Ratings & Reviews
John
John,
Not sure yet, still have more work to do on bottle before i decide if i like it
Scott
Scott,
This was probably the worst whiskey I've ever tasted in my entire life. It is completely unpalatable. The taste is completely on describable. It's a mixture between turpentine and linseed oil.
Kim
Kim,
This was smooth and good Sorry to say I drank it right away!description was unique and true
anonymous
anonymous,
Nice
Adam
Adam,
First Japanese whisky. A lot of unexpected floral notes makes it hard for me to compare. Don't hate it, but don't love it.
Boyd
Boyd,
Very clean, not complex but good. Spice on the backend
Lorenzo
Lorenzo,
Not sure why it says 1.6 on the rating. Unfortunately I ordered this prior to Flaviar. This Japanese is very different. At 80 proof this whiskey starts off very slow, not much happening at beginning, but leaves you with a great vanilla/honey hit on the palate with a small oak hit. Great start off to Japanese whiskey, try this first in your sampling and follow with a stronger Japanese whiskey and you'll gain a true appreciation for their craft. More a 6 on my scale.
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