Mars Komagatake 2011 Sherry and American White Oak

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70cl / 57%

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.

Tasting Notes (2)

Flavour Profile


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


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Tasting Notes

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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