Mars Komagatake Limited Edition Japanese Single Malt (2019 Release), 48%

Price: $145 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

If whisky were a warm hug, this would be it. The sweet nose is rich with a lovely fruitiness of satsuma, Seville orange marmalade, yuzu, and vanilla. This carries a velvety texture rippled with an orange-flavored effervescence; apricot jam, sweet orange, sherbet, fine spices, ground ginger, and hot pepper. If this well-made example is an indication of the Mars Shinshu house style, they are getting a lot of things right. (10,000 bottles)