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Single Malt Mars Komagatake Christian Drouin Cask Finish

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Christian Drouin Cask Finish is now available from Single Malt Komagatake.

Christian Drouin is a company that has been making apples and top-quality Calvados for generations in the Normandy region of northern France. Everything from apple cultivation, distillation, aging, and blending is done in-house.

Mars Shinshu Distillery and Christian Drouin have begun an experiment of exchanging Calvados and whiskey casks and aging them in their respective locations.

The single malt Komagatake Christian Druane Cask Finish is made from malt aged in bourbon casks at the Mars Shinshu distillery for more than three years, then aged for two years in Christian Druane Calvados casks, and bottled at cask strength. Limited number of bottlings. 587 bottles.

 

The Bottle

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Distillery and Christian Drouin, which produces the highest quality Calvados in Normandy, France, began an experiment to exchange whisky and Calvados barrels and mature the original sake in their respective locations.

Enjoy this special single malt whisky, bottled in a limited edition of 587 bottles, made by aging the original malt whisky in bourbon barrels at the Mars Shinshu distillery for more than three years, and then aging (finishing) it for about two additional years in the empty barrels used for Calvados.

 

 

Aroma

Slightly strong alcohol smell. The bourbon aroma is more prominent than that of Calvados. Fruits such as bananas, sweet and sour apples, and a slight light freshness.

Taste Malty sweetness. Sweet and sour of Calvados. Plum and other fruits. Minty freshness.
Aftertaste

Sweetness and bitterness last moderately long.

 

 

Alcohol content 61%
By Sake Single malt Japanese whisky
Cask type Bourbon casks, Calvados casks
Volume 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited to 587 bottles
Suggested retail price 12,980 yen (tax included)
Release date April 2022

 

   

Our Take

I had the impression that the Calvados and bourbon were very well balanced. Both are not too assertive, but complement each other. The cask strength-derived alcohol angle can certainly be felt, but it is sharp in a good sense. The sweet and sourness of the Calvados, which comes in a little later, keeps you from getting bored.

With a small amount of water added, the Calvados shows its face slightly and becomes fruity, reminiscent of plums and dried plums. We think it would be delicious to drink it twiced up or with soda. It would also work well added in small quantities to a Jack Rose recipe.

As we mentioned a bit earlier in this article, Christian Drouin not only sells high-quality Calvados, but also a gin called “Le Gin” which takes advantage of apple cultivation and uses several types of apples in its base spirit. The company has also released a limited edition version of Le Gin, which is finished with a Calvados cask to give it an even more Calvados flavor.

 

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