Located in Miyata city, Nagano prefecture, the Mars Shinshu distillery was initially established in 1995 but closed in 2002 due to soft demand for Japanese whisky – which certainly isn’t the case now! The distillery reopened in 2011 producing a number of blended whiskies under the Mars whisky label. It’s one of the highest altitude whisky distilleries in production globally – positioned on Mt. Komagatake, 798 metres above sea level. Its founder is none other than Kiichiro Iwai, the man who instigated the departure for Scotland of the renowned Masataka Taketsuru and more importantly the owner of a spirit company that produces Shochu (Japanese eau de vie). The Shinshu Mars distillery is situated in an exceptional location that affords a truly unique whisky. Located at an altitude of 800 metres, in a region that has a particularly harsh climate, the distillery benefits from pure spring water filtered over centuries by the mountains. Another remarkable feature of this distillery is that it only produces whisky during the winter months. The fall in demand during the eighties forced the distillery to close down in 1992, but it was reopened in 2011. It was only natural then that the first whisky to be made in the new stills be called ‘The Revival’.
Matured in a bourbon barrel until it was bottled in 2016 in celebration of Number One Drinks Company’s 10th Anniversary. The bouquet is fresh and fruity, with notes of pear drops, candied pineapple and juicy barley. A touch of violet petal. The palate shows red liquorice, green apple and white grapes. Still packed with robust malt notes. Very slightly spicy on the finish.