Mars Japanese Whiskey (Iwai) Tasting with Chris Lane of High Road Spirits

Mars Japanese Whiskey (Iwai) Tasting with Chris Lane of High Road Spirits

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Join us for a tasting of Japan's highest whisky distillery - Mars Tsunuki Distillery

About this event

Join us for a deep dive into Mars Whisky! A whisky produced at two distilleries in Japan.

An actual Japanese whisky that is distilled, aged, and bottled in Japan.

Please welcome - Mars Whisky!

We will be joined by Chris Lane who has just joined the team at High Road Spirits.

For this event we will be tasting the following expressions:

  • Mars Iwai 45
  • Mars Iwai Tradition
  • Mars Iwai Red Wine Cask Finish
  • Komagatake Shinshu Distillery 2021 Limited Edition Japanese Single Malt Whisky
  • Mars Komagatake Yakushima Aging Single Malt 2021
  • Mars Tsunuki 2022 Limited Edition Japanese Single Malt Whisky

About each expression:

Mars Iwai 45 :

  • Style: Blended Whisky: 70% grain, 30% malted barley
  • Barrels: 100% Bourbon barrel aged
  • Peat: No
  • Age Statement: NA
  • ABV: 45% (90pf)
  • Distillery: Mars Shinshu, Nagano Japan

Mars Iwai Tradition :

  • Style: Blended Whisky: 70% malted barley, 30% grain
  • Barrels: Bourbon, sherry, and red wine
  • Peat: Minimal
  • Age Statement: NA
  • ABV: 40% (80pf)
  • Distillery: Mars Shinshu, Nagano Japan

Mars Iwai Aki Red Wine Cask Finish:

  • Style: Blended Whisky: 70% grain, 30% malted barley
  • Barrels: Bourbon, sherry, and red wine
  • Finish: Napa cabernet barrel
  • Peat: Minimal
  • Age Statement: NA
  • ABV: 40% (80pf)
  • Distillery: Mars Shinshu, Nagano Japan

Mars Komagatake Single Malt 2021 Edition:

  • Style: Single Malt
  • Barrels: Bourbon and sherry
  • Peat: No
  • Age Statement: NA, 3-4 year
  • ABV: 48% (96pf)
  • Distillery: Mars Shinshu, Nagano Japan

Mars Komagatake Yakushima Aging Single Malt 2021 Edition

  • Style: Single Malt
  • Barrels: Bourbon and sherry
  • Peat: Malts are 20 and 50 ppm
  • Age Statement: NA, 4-5 year
  • ABV: 56% (112pf)
  • Distillery: Mars Shinshu, Nagano Japan
  • Aging Site: Yakushima Island

Tsunuki Single Malt 2022 Edition :

  • Style: Single Malt
  • Barrels: Bourbon barrels, first and second fill.
  • Peat: 3.5 ppm
  • Age Statement: NA, 3-4 year
  • ABV: 50% (100pf)
  • Distillery: Tsunuki Distillery, Kagoshima Japan

About Mars Whisky:

Located between Japan’s soaring Southern Alps and the towering Central Alps, at just over 2,600 feet, Mars Shinshu is Japan’s highest whisky distillery. The Hombo family have been distilling for more than a century and added whisky to their repertoire in 1949. At that time the distillery was located in the Tsunuki region of Kagoshima Prefecture on the southern-most island of Kyushu.

Until 1984, it was the southernmost whisky made in Japan, which ended when the Hombo clan moved the distillery to the idyllic alpine setting of Miyada village in southern Nagano Prefecture, Central Japan. They chose this site for its cool temperature, which slowed maturation, and the plentiful soft granite filtered snowmelt fed aquifers. A beautiful choice.

In 2016, Hombo Shuzo reopened and introduced new pot stills to their first distillery location in Kagoshima now known as the Mars Tsunuki Distillery, once again Japan’s southernmost distillery.They also built an aging facility on a tiny island known as Yakushima, a National World Heritage site, where they now age spirits from both Shinshu and Tsunuki distilleries.

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About Chris Lane:

My name is Chris Lane, and I am the Northern California Market Manager / Content Creator for High Road Spirits. That title is the very long way of saying that I am a bit of a nerd who does a lot of writing / talking about spirits for the greater Bay Area and its surrounding counties. I began my career in bars at the age of twenty-one and have since worked everywhere from neighborhood dives to internationally recognized cocktail destinations. My drinks have been shared in publications like Imbibe Magazine, The SF Chronicle, as well as Food and Wine. After nearly two decades behind the stick, I switched my career path and have begun working as an educator, primarily focused on Japanese, and Mexican distillates. It is an honor to have the opportunity to share some time with you and enjoy a glass.

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In person handoff/pickups are strongly encouraged.

We have pickup locations in:

  • Burbank
  • Culver City
  • Torrance
  • Bellflower

Shipping is possible but we are not responsible for loss, damage or delays once packages are tendered to the shipping service or its designated representative.

International shipping is not available at this time.

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