Hombo Shuzo Ltd is an old Japanese liquor company, founded in 1872.
Traditionally they were producers of "shochu", but in 1985 they built the Shinshu Mars Distillery in the village of Miyata, to start producing whiskey and brandy.
The whiskey was sold under the Mars Whiskey brand.
Unfortunately the question was not large enough and they stopped whiskey production in 1992.
Then, in February 2011, whiskey production was restarted at the Shinshu Mars distillery.
On 6 August 2014, Hombo Shuzo finally launched the first whiskey produced by the reboot, the Mars Whiskey The Revival 2011 Komagatake.
This is a three-year-old whiskey, aged exclusively in bourbon barrels.
The 2011 Mars Revival Komagatake is slightly peaty, at 8 ppm at the level of phenol.
Only 6000 bottles have been released by Mars Whiskey The Revival 2011 Komagatake, all numbered on the label.
The limited availability and high quality of the Mars the revival 2011, make this Japanese whiskey highly sought after by collectors around the world.
Aromas: vanilla, delicate caramel, a little oak and spices. Mars Whiskey The Revival 2011 Komagatake Seems a little young, but not enough to take anything away. It is a pleasant nose, quite fresh. With water it was sweeter and less spicy
Taste: The 2011 Komagatake Mars Whiskey The Revival whiskey is spicy (black and white pepper), with rich and sweet caramel. With water it becomes more fruity, just like on the nose.
Finish: Spicy and sweet Smoke makes a brief appearance towards the end, but I wouldn't really call it rippling whiskey.
Mars Whiskey The Revival 2011 Komagatake is a beautiful young return for Mars Whiskey!
Whiskey is still young and will certainly improve with age, but it is a good indication of what is to come.