Mars Shinshu Iwai Tradition Whisky
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  • caramel
  • honey
  • spicy
  • cherry
  • sherry
  • ginger
  • pepper
  • peaty
  • grape

Mars Shinshu

Iwai Tradition Whisky (0.75l, 40%)
Price $52.99

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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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Appearance / Color
Dark caramel

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Grapes, Sherry, peat

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

Finish
Long, crisp, rounded

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  • caramel
  • honey
  • spicy
  • cherry
  • sherry
  • ginger
  • pepper
  • peaty
  • grape
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The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
In recent years, Japanese Whiskies have won several top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings. Talk about a student surpassing the master!
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
In recent years, Japanese Whiskies have won several top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings. Talk about a student surpassing the master!
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