By Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic:As previously revealed by Stefan from Tokyowhiskyhub in May from his TIBS/Whisky Live Tokyo 2012 report, there are now some new single cask releases from Mars Shinshu that have gone on sale this week. At the time the distillery presented two different single casks. What wasn't revealed was there is also a Cognac Cask. The three single casks are:
Mars Komagatake Single Cask Vintage 1989 23YO 57.9% American White Oak Cask #1041
Mars Komagatake Single Cask Vintage 1985 27YO 60.7% Sherry Cask #162
Mars Komagatake Single Cask Vintage 1989 23YO 63.5% Cognac Limousin Cask #1060
The picture attached is of the Cognac Cask with all bottles looking the same but obviously details on the label reflect the different casks. Prices in Japan are 15,750 yen for the two '89 bottlings and 18,900 yen for the '85 though this may vary slightly for different retailers. For those having these shipped from Japan to overseas, the prices are respectively 15,000 yen and 18,000 yen. As these are far rarer than say, Karuizawa, I personally think this is very fair. I have purchased all three and hope to have tasting notes on Nonjatta soonish.