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Single Malt Komagatake IPA Cask Finish Bottled in 2022

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omagatake IPA Cask Finish, which has been released in 2020 and 2021, is a very popular whiskey and is currently listed at a pre-priced price of almost twice the list price. This bottle is sure to be another popular one. Limited to 2,700 bottles. The resale price on Mercari is about $350,000.

Single Malt Komagatake IPA Cask Finish” has been on sale under the same product name since 2020, and the product description and alcohol content on the official website are almost identical.
It would be interesting to compare this product with the previous one. The flavors claimed in both aroma and taste were slightly different.


The Bottle

Single Malt Komagatake IPA Cask Finish” is a single malt whiskey finished in empty casks in which India Pale Ale (IPA), a medium dark beer brewed at the Minami Shinshu Beer Komagatake Brewery using an abundance of hops, was laid down.

The aroma is reminiscent of fresh citrus fruits derived from hops, the taste is clear with grapefruit and herbs, and the finish is crisp and bitter.
It has a crisp, bitter aftertaste, making it a perfect match for a highball.

Reference: Hombo Shuzo K.K. official mail order shop



Aroma Citrus with acidity, citrus, mint, herbs
Taste Woody and oily with moderate acidity and bitterness reminiscent of beer (pale ale)
Aftertaste Sweet bourbon barrel aroma, IPA-derived maltiness, bitter aftertaste



Alcohol content 52% alcohol by volume
By Alcohol Single Malt Japanese Whiskey
Cask type Bourbon casks
Volume 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited to 2,700 bottles
Suggested retail price 9,460 yen (tax included)
Release date Early August 2022



Our Take

Komagatake IPA Cask Finish, released in 2020, is a post-aged IPA in casks, so it tastes similar to beer, but more like it when served with soda.

In addition to the hoppy flavor, there is a strong impression of citrus, mint, and herbs, giving the impression of both beer and herbal refreshment. The beer has a refreshing citrus, oaky, and oily taste, which changes to a more complex flavor.

It is hard to find such an unusual whisky from other companies, so this is a whisky that you should definitely try.


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