Mars Shinshu The Lucky Cat "Hana" Blended Whisky

Mars Shinshu The Lucky Cat "Hana" Blended Whisky

(0.75l, 43%)

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A rich and smooth blended Japanese Whisky aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks.

The Hombo family has been creating Wines and Spirits in Japan for more than 100 years. They added Whisky to their products in 1949. In 1984 they wanted to move the distilling operation to a cooler climate, so they closed their distillery in Kagoshima and built a new one high in the mountains of Nagano at an altitude of more than 2600 feet — the Mars Shinshu Distillery. But a few mishaps caused them to cease production in 1992. It opened again in 2011, and new stills were acquired in 2014. But their warehouse still contains hundreds of casks stretching back thirty years. Now at full production strength, this small distillery produces a range of sweet and peated Whiskies.

Mars Shinshu The Lucky Cat "Hana" is the 5th release in the "Lucky Cat" series. Each popular release is a limited edition and each has featured a "distillery cat." This year’s cat is named "Hana" and is reported to be the owner’s favorite. The Hana release is limited to just 3000 bottles — not nearly enough! It is a blended Whisky comprised of malt and grain Spirits aged first in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. It’s a luxurious Japanese dram with a funny label bottled at 43% ABV.
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    Blended Japanese Whisky
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    The Mars Shinshu Distillery
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Japanese Whisky is connected both to Scotch and Bourbon. It’s a Scotch-style Spirit that’s matured in climates similar to Kentucky’s.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is smooth and alluring with notes of cherries, stewed plums, and fruitcake.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavors build up on the aromas with notes of ripe plum, cherry cordials, marmalade, vanilla, and Rum-raisins.

The finish is long with a creamy rancio note.
Ratings & Reviews
Very light + soft on the tongue with a wonderfully sweet aftertaste. Probably my favorite of the Lucky Cat series thus far.
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