Mars Komagatake 2011
Sherry and American White Oak

70cl / 57%
  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Mars Komagatake 2011 / Sherry and American White Oak
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A limited edition from Mars's Shinshu distillery, which started producing whisky again in 2011. This whisky was distilled shortly after restarting and has been aged in ex-sherry and bourbon casks for three years before bottling at a punchy 57%. The high-strength gives a more concentrated flavour, giving a balance of cask influence and fruity spirit character.
Distillery Bottling
3 Year Old
No of Bottles


  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Raisins Raisins
  • Peach Peach
  • Almond Almond
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate

Mars Komagatake 2011 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Billy A

    Nose: White chocolate cookies with spicy cinnamon, tart apple sauce and a lemon twist. As it sits, more sherry influence appears, with sugary raisins, dried orange peel and sweet pastry up front, and a dark and brooding background of liquorice and stewed plums hiding behind.

    Palate: Sweet and thick to start, with sugar syrup, vanilla sauce and sticky Eccles-cake raisins mixed with hot cinnamon and nutmeg. It calms down after the initial intensity, with gentle fruitiness balanced by toasted spiced fruit loaf.

    Finish: Initially sweet, with stewed apples and runny honey, but turning to fresh herbal notes of mint and menthol as it fades.

    Comment: Lighter and fresher than some of the notes above suggest, but still with a hefty sherry-cask influence sitting at the back. A great balance of intense spiciness and rich fruit, balanced by traditional white oak vanilla and fruit. Complex beyond its years.

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Like cutting into rich chocolate cake, this is freshened up with lemon oil and aromatic peachiness. There’s an appealing nuttiness, too – almond cake decorated with peach and pineapple, with a touch of dark espresso richness.

    Palate: Dark chocolate with toasty spice – cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice fruit-cake touches, too, with raisins, sultanas and toasted almonds. It’s not heavy, though; fresh pineapple and a clean streak keeps everything in check.

    Finish: Rich, with the spice and chocolate lingering.

    Comment: This packs a lot of flavour for such a young whisky, with both types of cask showing their influence. A fascinating dram.

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