Mars Tsunuki The First, 59%

Price: $262 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Aromas of ripe peach, barley, dry spices, waxy green leaves, baked citrus, scorched earth, and dried flowers on Hombo Shuzo's debut whisky from Mars Tsunuki Distillery, produced in the 2016-2017 season. Sipping reveals sweet orange, chocolate, and clove, though the spices are straining at the leash and the high-strength alcohol can KO unwary taste buds. Dilute and the fruits shine beautifully while the spices are kept in check. (9,984 bottles)