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.
Subsequently, in 2012 a second exclusive edition was distilled for the 60 years of the Maison Du Whiskey.
Simply called Mars Komagatake single cask Japanese whiskey 60th LMDW.
This is a four-year-old whiskey, aged exclusively in American white oak barrels.
To be precise, Cask number 1555.
The Mars Revival 2012 Komagatake is slightly peaty, at 3 ppm at the level of phenol, with a floral bouquet.
Only 602 bottles were released from Mars Komagatake single cask Japanese whiskey 60th LMDW,
The limited availability and high quality of the Mars Komagatake 2012, make this Japanese whiskey highly sought after by collectors around the world.
Perfumes: powerful and very lyrical, the nose is delicately peaty and floral (vetiver). It then becomes smoky and malty. Notes of beeswax and fresh and exotic fruit.
Taste: Mars Komagatake single cask whiskey 60th LMDW Japanese whiskey on the palate is fruity with hints of vanilla, before becoming floral, saline, spicy (ginger) and honey.
Mars Komagatake single cask Japanese whiskey 60th LMDW 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.