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Mars Single Cask Komagatake 2014 No.1834 AGED 6 YEARS

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The “Single Cask Komagatake” is sold in very limited quantities. The “Single Cask Komagatake 2014 No.1834 AGED 6 YEARS” introduced in this article is a single cask whiskey distilled at the Mars Shinshu Distillery in 2014 and aged for over 6 years in a sherry hogshead. Limited edition of 242 bottles.


The Bottle

Miyata Village, Kamiina-gun, Nagano Prefecture, is located at the foot of Mount Komagatake in the Japanese Alps. Surrounded by good quality water and rich nature, Mars Shinshu distillery stands in a quiet forest at 798m above sea level.
The “Single Cask Komagatake 2014 No.1834 AGED 6 YEARS” is a rare single cask whiskey that was carefully selected from among the malt whiskeys matured in the cool environment of Shinshu, and bottled from one cask of lightly peated (3.5ppm) sherry hogshead whiskey matured for more than 6 years. This is a rare single cask whisky.

Reference: Japanese Whiskey|Single Cask Komagatake 2014 No.1834 AGED 6 YEARS



Nose Caramel, bitter chocolate
Taste Plum, syrup, bitter chocolate
Aftertaste Bitter chocolate-like bitterness and sweetness



Alcohol content 60%
By liquor Single malt whiskey
Cask Type Sherry casks
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited to 242 bottles
Suggested retail price 13,200 yen (tax included)
Release date 2021



Our Take

This time it is a single cask of sherry hogshead. It has a fairly dark amber color.

The aroma and taste are very rich, and you can feel the weight of 6 years of aging. The aroma is very sweet, but on the palate, the sweetness comes first and then the bitterness quickly follows. I could also detect a plum-like sourness and a syrup-like sweetness, but overall, I felt a bittersweetness. I had the impression that the bitterness of the sherry was supported by the aging process. The viscosity is surprisingly low from the impression of the dark amber color and aroma, and it has a smooth mouthfeel.

The lingering bitterness and sweetness linger in the mouth like bitter chocolate.

When water is added, the aroma opens up gently, the sweetness and bitterness become stronger, and the aftertaste becomes slightly shorter and cleaner.

The “Single Cask Komagatake” is currently being sold on a regular basis. However, since it is limited to a very small number, it seems to be quite difficult to obtain. If you have a chance to drink it, I would like to compare them.

At BAR Shinkai, we also have the “Single Cask Komagatake 2013 No.1663 AGED 7 YEARS” . Please take a look at this review as well.



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