Mars Shinshu // Japan
Mars Shinshu was founded in 1949 but didn’t start making whisky until their distillery was nestled high in the Japanese Alps in 1985. Iwai is a blend of mostly corn and some malted barley. It is aged entirely in used bourbon barrels.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
"This whisky is a distilled crescendo. It starts with a deceptively delicate aroma, giving little wafts of vanilla and salted nuts. However, the palate swells with creamy malt, dried figs, and caramel apples. The finish booms with wood spice that echoes on and on. "