Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mars Whisky Komagatake The Revival and Sherry & American White Oak 2011

Shinshu Mars Distillery in Nagano stopped distilling whisky in 1992, but started up again in 2011. The first whisky distilled that year was bottled in 2014 and released as a limited-edition single malt called "The Revival 2011 Komagatake." (Cask Strength - 58%)

This first-edition of the reborn whisky was limited to 6000 bottles, and given quite positive reviews overall for such a young expression (3 years). If you know how quickly selling prices have gone up for limited-edition bottles of Ichiro's Malt (Chichibu Distillery - Saitama) held by collectors savvy enough to get their hands on them while they were still on the shelves of liquor stores at original retail prices, you know that buying a few limited-edition bottles from the newest craft distillery on the Japanese block is a worthy investment.

This week, I was able to get my hands on some bottles of "The Revival 2011 Komagatake" and a single bottle of the next single malt release "Sherry & American White Oak Komagatake" (Cask Strength - 57%) also distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2014 (Aged 3 years).

If only I'd gotten my hands on some of the Ichiro's Malt "Card" whiskies when they first went on sale...

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