Mars Komagatake 2011
70cl / 57%
Sherry and American White Oak
- Japanese Single Malt Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- Dark Chocolate
Mars Komagatake 2011 Reviews
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.