Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Mars Single Casks

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
When we last spoke to our friends at Mars Distillery, they said they would be releasing a couple of new single casks in the fall. The first of these just went on sale a few days ago. For this release, distillery manager Koki Takehira selected an American White Oak cask (#555) and bottled it at 46% abv.

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.


Alan M said...

I thought the 22yo was about 1300 bottles, so about 3 times this release.
This one seems to have slipped onto the market without much fanfare.
I have a bottle on the way, which I am looking forward to trying.
Recent Mars releases have been of excellent quality, so I think it should be a good one!

Stefan Van Eycken said...

Yes, you're right, the 22yo was a big release - must be old age, starting to forget things. In case you didn't know, two new single casks have just been released. Check out our latest post (review of Whisky Festival in Tokyo 2013) for further details.