Mars Iwai

Blended

Mars Shinshu // Japan

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    84
  • Avg. Rating

    3.17
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 120 )

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.

  • age
    NAS
  • abv
    40.0
  • Blended
    Comprised 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.
  • Cask Type
    ex-bourbon

Tasting Notes

"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. "

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Spicy & Fruity