Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging 2019, 56%

Price: $206 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Distilled at Mars Shinshu, but matured in the Mars Tsunuki aging cellar, this charms with fresh fruity notes of raspberry, apple, and pear, with banana loaf, baking spices, lemon zest, and seasoned oak. The opening flavors of vanilla fudge and warm fruits are submersed by a vigorous peppery incursion, though there's pear, chocolate, malt, and vanilla pod flavors once that settles. I recommend experimenting to pinpoint your preferred dilution.