Mars Komagatake Double Cellars Japanese Single Malt (2019 Release), 47%

Price: $165 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Distilled at the Shinshu distillery in Nagano, and matured both there and at the aging cellar on Yakushima Island, this whisky has a compelling balance of cask influences. Aromas of honey, cherry gummy bears, red apple, heady floral scents, banana muffin, vanilla essence, menthol, and feisty aromatic spices. The palate takes a journey through honey, grapefruit, lime zest, Honey Smacks cereal, red apple, playful spices, then more sherry fruit matched by ginger, clove, and pepper. (3,659 bottles)