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Mars Iwai Tradition Wine Cask Finish

Mars Iwai Tradition Wine Cask Finish



The wine-cask finished expression of Mars’ Iwai Traditional blended Japanese whisky.

This release sees their weighty, thick Iwai Traditional whisky finished in ex-red wine casks from the Chateaus Mars winery (it’s owned by the same company and located in the nearby Yamanashi prefecture).

The Shinshu Distillery was founded by Japanese shochu producer Hombo Shuzo in the Nagano Prefecture and it distilled both whisky and brandy - the whisky being labelled Mars Whisky. A drop of in demand for distilled spirits saw whisky production cancelled in 1985 - and it stayed offline until 2011/12 when the demand for whisky had grown considerably.

This Iwai Traditional blend is part of the new-age of Mars whisky. 75% malt and 25% corn/grain spirits (the opposite of the standard Iwai). Finished in a wine cask, reportedly for over a year, it has the same thick vanilla tones common with Mars releases, with more sweet fruits and pepper coming from the wine casks.

The Iwai name comes from Kiichiro Iwai, who designed the distillery's stills based on designs drafted by Masataka Taketsuru - the founder of Japanese whisky. Whisky Magazine attest the still design does in fact resemble those at Nikka’s Yoichi distillery.

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750 mls



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