Mars 'Iwai 45' Blended Japanese Whisky Japan
Mars Shinshu is Japan's highest whisky distillery, at 798 meters — just over 2,600 feet — nestled between Japan’s Southern and Central Alps. Mars Shinshu is owned by the Hombo family, who have been in the business of distillation for over a century.
Whisky became a part of the Mars Shinshu production line up in 1949. In 1984, Shinshu decided to move their southernmost Kyushu distillery to the picturesque alpine Miyada village, where the high altitude and cool climate make for suitable conditions for whisky-making. The whisky is produced from waters that pass through granite rock, this water is high in natural minerals.
Notes of vanilla and butterscotch on the nose followed by baked apples and strawberry notes. The flavor is pleasantly sweet with ripe pears, quince, chocolate, and toffee. The finish is lingering with sweetness.