There isn’t much to say here that wasn’t already said back when I first talked about this bottle. To summarize:
- Distilled at the Mars Shinshu Distillery in March 2012
- 50ppm peating, so pretty heavy
- Spent 7.5 years in an American White Oak Hogshead. Specifically, a heavily-toasted virgin Hogshead, cask #1578
- Bottled September 2019
At 7.5 years, it’s the oldest post-revival Mars Shinshu single malt out in the wild right now. Given the Mars Shinshu Distillery was not making whisky from 1992 to January 2011, that’s right up there! It wouldn’t surprise me if the next Le Papillon release is an 8-year.
Anyway, let’s get dig in.
Review: Mars Shinshu Komagatake 2012, 7yo, Whisky Festival in Tokyo 2019
Nose: Cinnamon sprinkled on oranges with a malty, leathery peat. Spices and wet moss
Palate: Bitter chocolate and licorice, with a wonderful vanilla maltiness
Finish: Lasting oak with light smoke alongside dark chocolate and butterscotch
Price paid: 13000 yen, 700ml, 60% abv
I am normally not a huge fan of heavily peated whiskies, but I found this whisky offered an excellent malt backstop that prevents the peat from being overpowering. Although both were matured in American white oak casks, it’s on an entirely different wavelength from the L. japonica Le Papillon from earlier this year, highlighting the variety of casks the Mars blenders have to play with going forward.
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