Shinshu Mars Iwai Tradition Wine Cask Finish Japanese Whisky
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Shinshu Mars Iwai Tradition Wine Cask Finish Japanese Whisky

Item # 41830 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Using the excellent Tradition whisky with its high malt content as its base, the Hombo Family, owners of this independent alpine distillery, finish this batch in ex-red wine casks from their own estate for just over a year. The wine clearly makes its presence felt with juicy notes of wild summer berries, dark honey, and poached stone fruits. The core of the whisky is still malty and rich with shades of vanilla, pepper and nutmeg. A very satisfying, crowd-pleasing whisky. Only a few thousand bottles have been made available worldwide.

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Staff Pick Notes

“Finishing” whiskies is still very much in vogue. A process in which a whisky is racked into a different barrel and aged for a short period of time. The name for this technique was wisely chosen by the industry as it makes it sound like the final product was polished or perfected. The name I find more accurate is “Seasoning.” Today, there are a lot of whiskies that are over seasoned with wine casks. I imagine to cover up lousy/young whisky. Luckily, Shinshu Mars marries their malt and wine casks wonderfully. Velvety texture, rich spiced malt, and creamy berry flavors. A good cook knows to use a light touch when working with great ingredients.

- SD

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