Mars Komagatake – 27 Years (2018)
Is a superb and the Komagatake release for the first part of 2018. The four casks draw an exquisite essence of fruity flavours, some spice and sweetness. To round this off it has a great amount of peat. Kenji Taniguichi has selected amazing casks and blended these to perfection. I was glad to try this at Mars Distillery with Koki-San (Distillery Manager). I appreciated his couple of hours to walk me around Shinshu Distillery and explain to me the many intricacies and exciting facts about Shinshu.
The other beautiful part of this bottle is the box. It is a deep metallic blue which looks highly presentable. I think great whisky always needs great presentation.
A wonderful and perfectly balanced whisky, with freshness of the mountain air and forest fruits help open the whisky. Think of waking in a forest with Japanese Cypress and lush green grass. A gentle breeze of sweetness surrounds you and some spice warms you. The emergence of peat becomes evident as your continue to taste the whisky.
The peat remains undetected in the aroma, it emerges slowly as it enters the mouth and becomes prominent in the finish
Colour: Polished Mahogany
Nose: Caramel brûlée , melon, black pepper, cypress
Palate: Forest fruits, black cherry, grassy notes, pear and mild peat
Finish: long enduring finish of peat warming the senses.
Komagatake 27 Years (2018) – Shinshu Distillery, Mars Whisky – American White Oak #382; distilled 1986 – Sherry Cask #327; distilled 1986 – Sherry Cask #570; distilled 1988 – Sherry Cask #1068; distilled 1990 – Bottled March 2018 – 1246 Bottles – 46.0% ABV
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