Weighing in at just under 4 years is the first 2019 single cask single malt in Mars Whisky's Le Papillon series, "C. thyodamas."
This one was aged in a sherry butt in Mars Tsunuki, a first for the series, yielding 464 bottles at a cask strength of 58% abv.
C. thyodamas is also known as the "common map," and the butterfly is found throughout much of Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Here in Japan it's found only south of the Kii Peninsula, or the prefecture of Nara.
Tasting notes, Photo, and rating by Dramtastic of The Japanese Whisky Review
Palate: Sweet marsala, nutmeg, seared orange slices, toffee, an earthy note, candy coated nuts, BBQ sauce, plum sauce, Turkish Delight, some flintiness, tar. With water this is more earthy also, vanilla, hession, sea spray.
Palate: Sherry, cherries, ash, coal, tar, earthy peat, toffee, cashews, juicy dates, salt, pepper, oranges. Full bodied with a medium peating level. With water more tart, tangy and smokey.
Finish: Long on cherries, dates, toffee, ash, cashews, cacao nibs, cigar leaf, earthy peat. Water adds bonfire smoke and peppermint.
Last Word: Almost half the bottle has gone and I’m going to have to hide this one from myself. Great young whisky! Mars does not always get sherry cask matured whisky right but they’ve nailed it with this one!
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.