2016's "Burn The Barrel" blended whisky from Mars returns this year, this time an exclusive at Liquor Mountain.
This time around it's using only malt whiskies -- the previous release was both malt and grain. Imported malt whiskies, presumably, since they only mention that it's "blended and bottled" by Mars Whisky. We also now have a lightly peated component.
Sounds to me like it doesn't even spend any time in a cask at Mars Shinshu. Still, if you are a fan of Mars Whisky's blending skills, and perhaps charred bourbon casks, it could be worth a look. TJWR gave the previous edition an 80/100.
Edition #2 is described as having a sweet nose of honey and dried fruits, but also with a hint of peatiness.
43% abv, 700ml, and (only?) available from Liquor Mountain now. 5280 yen after tax.
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.