Mars The Lucky Cat Hana, 43%

Price: $135 Issue: Spring 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This boasts a nice balance of baked apple, stewed fruits, fresh spices, and deeply caramelized sugar. The integration of the spice and fruit is a notable Japanese whisky hallmark, and the dense mouthfeel peels back layers of dark syrup, plum, chocolate, burnt cookies, baked sugared fruits, and background spice. The finish sees the spices perk up against the fading strength of the fruit and chocolate flavors. (3,000 bottles; 564 for U.S.)