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Single Cask Komagatake 2013 No.1663 AGED 7 YEARS

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Single Cask Komagatake” is sold in very limited quantities. The “Single Cask Komagatake 2013 No.1663 AGED 7 YEARS” introduced in this article is a single cask whiskey made from a heavy peated original distilled in 2013 at the Mars Shinshu Distillery and aged in a bourbon barrel for more than 7 years. Limited edition of 199 bottles.

The Bottle

 

Miyata Village, Kamiina-gun, Nagano Prefecture, is located at the foot of Mount Komagatake in the Japanese Alps. Surrounded by good quality water and rich nature, Mars Shinshu distillery stands in a quiet forest at 798m above sea level.
The “Single Cask Komagatake 2013 No.1663 AGED 7 YEARS” is a rare single cask whiskey that is carefully selected from among the malt whiskeys matured in the cool environment of Shinshu, and bottled from one barrel of heavy peated (50ppm) malt whiskey that has been matured in a bourbon barrel for more than 7 years. It is a rare single cask whiskey.

Reference: Japanese Whiskey|Single Cask Komagatake 2013 No.1663 AGED 7 YEARS

  

 

Nose Strong peat and malt aroma.
Taste Vanilla and smoky flavors, firm and mature.
Aftertaste Smoky flavors linger on the nose.

 

 

Alcohol content 59% alcohol by volume
alcohol category Single malt whisky
Barrel type Bourbon barrels
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited to 199 bottles
Suggested retail price 14,080 yen (tax included)
Release date 2021

 

 

Our Take

This whiskey is quite peaty, and you can enjoy its full presence from the aroma to the aftertaste. There is also a hint of sweetness reminiscent of vanilla and syrup, which enhances the smokiness. Straight up, it is lighter and easier to drink than I expected, and it slides easily into the mouth.

When water is added, the sweetness is pushed to the forefront, and the taste becomes sweet > smoky. The lingering sweetness lasts for a long time, and the soft smokiness continues.

The “Single Cask Komagatake” is currently being sold on a regular basis. However, since it is limited to a very small number of bottles, it seems to be quite difficult to obtain. If you have a chance to drink it, I would like to compare them.

At BAR Shinkai, we also have the “Single Cask Komagatake 2014 No.1834 AGED 6 YEARS”. Please take a look at this review as well.

 

(All Images Courtesy of JPWhisky.net)

 

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