Mars Iwai 45 Whisky

Mars Iwai 45 Whisky

(0.75l, 45%)


8/10
Price:
$32.99
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As close to a fruit-forward cocktail Bourbon as you can find… in Japan.

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 contain hundreds of casks stretching back thirty years. Now at full production strength, this small distillery produces a range of sweet and peated Whiskies.

These days we are used to solid Single and Blended Malt Spirits coming from Japan. But the Mars Shinshu Distillery came out with their Blue Label Whiskey a few years back which is an attempt at what they call "American style" Whiskey — which means Bourbon in any language. Mars Iwai 45 is a higher proof — 45% ABV — version of that same Spirit designed for making cocktails. The mash bill is decidedly high corn (75%) and relatively high malted barley (25%). And it’s aged in ex-Bourbon casks, so the flavor profile is decidedly American, but the uniqueness of the environment and distilling techniques in Japan yield a "stewed fruit" flavor profile.
  • Category
  • Style
    Japanese Whisky
  • Region
    Nagano
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    45%
  • Distillery
    Mars Shinshu Distillery

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sweet
pear
toffee
caramel
milk chocolate
stewed fruit
milk
butterscotch
strawberry
What does Mars Iwai 45 Whisky taste like?

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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
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose has notes of vanilla and butterscotch with stewed apple and strawberry tones.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile leans pleasantly sweet with ripe d’anjou pears, milk chocolate, quince, and toffee.

Finish
The finish last long enough with a lingering sweetness.
Ratings & Reviews
Marlis
Marlis,
I enjoyed the complexities of this whisky. It filled the mouth with a variety of unique tastes as well as being smooth. The finish lasts a nice amount of time.
 
Ken
Ken,
While reviewing Lexus' LFA super car, Jeremy Clarkson said that it was perfect and perhaps the most brilliant vehicle he'd ever driven. It was perfect. Every detail had been meticulously crafted. Mars 45 exists in the same vein. It's excellent. Why 7 out of 10 then? Well, excellent in this case is also somewhat boring. It's smooth and tasty but undistinguished. I'll drink it without remembering it. It's a great whiskey but, like the LFA, at the end of the day you have to accept that great doesn't mean exiting or memorable.
 
Jason
Jason,
Really enjoyable smooth whiskey. Good sweet fruit flavor. A little pear with some apple.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Floral/caramely flavor. Farely thin with strong alcohol and bitter finish. Quite disappointed. Maybe ok for a mixer.
 
Zhe
Zhe,
It was okay, for the price it was great
 
Colin
Colin,
About what I expected for a Japanese whiskey at this price. It was a little weak, and not completely smooth, but it still had good, classic Japanese whiskey flavors at a much cheaper price than many Japanese whiskeys I can find. It doesn't have much of an aroma as others have pointed out, but for me aroma isn't a huge deal.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth, Farley bland though
 
JOHN
JOHN,
Everything they describe. Smooth with caramel notes. A must buy.
 
Bahram
Bahram,
Very disappointed. Had minimal if any aroma and was thin.
 
Don
Don,
I was honestly surprised by this one. Great bargain for a Japanese Whiskey.
 
Steve
Steve,
Disappointed actually; maybe I got a bad bottle, but it was weak, no aroma at all to it. I was surprised.
 
Corey
Corey,
citrusy, fairly smooth with great body to it
 
Steve
Steve,
Maybe I had a bad bottle? I was expecting more like what the other comments reflect. Instead, mine was "flat"; not really any kind of draw to my nose, Also, tasted "thin"--no body to it.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
The flavors are subtle, but present. Its a good whisky to sip and appreciate all the flavors in it.
 
Austin
Austin,
Smooth beginning with a spicy finish
 
Lindsay
Lindsay,
This is delicious! It burns at first but then gets sweeter the more you drink it
 
Jiawen
Jiawen,
Really smooth
 
Kolton
Kolton,
I'd buy this bottle again without hesitation.
 
Darren
Darren,
It’s just ok
 
Craig
Craig,
Smooth at first with a little pepper taste at the end.
 
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