Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
It’s dangerous to jump to conclusions when it comes to bottling strength (“oh, why not cask-strength?”). They’re extremely meticulous when it comes to deciding the appropriate bottling strength – it’s not a routine decision, at all, and it’s not driven by marketing considerations either. For the people at Mars, bottling strength is just another variable that they carefully investigate and tweak until they feel it results in the best possible drinking experience.
There’s more of this release to go around than the 22yo and 24yo offerings they put out earlier this year – 468 bottles, to be precise – but it’s priced a bit higher (at around 19,000 yen). Word on the street is they’re planning to unveil another 1988 at the upcoming Whisky Festival in Tokyo. Nonjatta will be there so you’ll find out first hand what that’s all about.
Read more about Hombo Mars Distillery here.