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Single Malt Komagatake 2015 Wine Cask Kakuuchi Base Private Bottle

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A private bottle for the Mars Shinshu x Kakuuchi Base POPUP SHIBUYA. 2015 distillate bottled in 2022. Aged in wine cask from start to finish, this is a rare bottle of Mars whisky. The Kabuki illustrated packaging and label design make this a chic bottle.

Kakuuchi Base POPUP SHIBUYA is a collaboration between Musashiya and Neu Enterprise Ltd. which operates cigar bars in Nishi-Azabu and Naha, Okinawa. Located in Shibuya, Tokyo, it is a new experience space for tasting and purchasing.

For product lineup and location, please visit the official website.

It appears that a lottery will be held via the official Musashiya app from May 30, 2022 at 10:00 to June 3, 2022 at 12:00.

To apply, download the app, and check details, please visit the official Musashiya website.


The Bottle

Mars Shinshu Distillery is located at an altitude of 798 meters above sea level, at the foot of Komagatake Mountain in the Japanese Alps, and is surrounded by the richness of nature.
Mars Whiskey Komagatake 2015 Wine Cask” is the first private bottle from the promotion-focused Kakuuchi Base POPUP SHIBUYA bar.

The rare 100% wine cask aged Mars Whiskey Komagatake, which is attracting attention from all over the world.

Please enjoy the elegant aroma derived from wine barrels.

Reference: Kakuuchi Base POPUP SHIBUYA official website



Aroma Sweetness of floral honey, chocolate, and vanilla. Astringency of wine. Slight woodiness.

Smooth mouthfeel. Plum-like fruity. Floral, reminiscent of nectar.

Good balance between acidity and sweetness.

Aftertaste Soft sweetness remains and fades away cleanly.



Alcohol content 48%
alcohol category Single malt Japanese whisky
Cask type Wine casks
Volume 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited quantity
Suggested retail price 16,280 yen (tax included)
Release date May 2022



Our Take

We think this is a very nice bottle with a great balance of wine and malt flavors.

Among the whiskies we have recently introduced on this site, it has a low alcohol content of 48% and has an image of smoothness and familiarity on the tongue. As it has been aged for 6 years in wine barrels, the aroma of wine can be felt immediately from the nose. After the wine aroma, sweet aromas such as honey and chocolate appear later.

The taste is also very easy to drink, with a wonderful balance of fruity acidity like plums, astringency of wine, and sweetness of malt.

The eye-catching Kabuki packaging reads “POPUP Kakuuchi Base. We hope you will try this unique appearance and its easy-drinking, well-balanced aroma and taste.


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