Mars Shinshu Distillery Tsunuki Peated Single Malt Japanese Whiskey
Sandwiched between Japan’s soaring Southern Alps and the towering Central Alps, at just over 2,600 feet, Mars Shinshu is Japan’s highest whisky distillery. The Hombo family have been distilling for more than a century and they added whisky to their repertoire in 1949. They chose their alpine site for its cool temperatures, which slowed maturation, and the plentiful, soft, granite filtered snowmelt fed aquifers.The whisky are elegant, smooth and very complex.
This rare bottling was distilled in 2016 & 2017 and bottled in 2020. Aged 3-4 years in primarily bourbon and some sherry casks. With peat levels of 20 & 50 parts per million, Tsunuki Peated reads much like a peated Highland Scotch. A nose of smoked maple syrup, wet campfire, and dried apricot preps the palate for prominent peat and a note of sandalwood. The drying finish confidently displays browned butter, stemmy herbs & wet gravel. Non-chill filtered; 50% ABV
This 2100-bottle-release is the second from the newly reopened Mars Tsunuki Distillery. Located in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima from which the Hombo family originally helms, the weather is notably more humid and has greater fluctuation in temperature than the Mars Shinshu distillery in Nagano to the north and offers compelling diversity to the Mars book.