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Iwai

Iwai Japanese Whisky (Blue)

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RM376.00 MYR
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RM443.00 MYR
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The Mars Shinshu Distillery has the highest altitude of all the distilleries in Japan. Situated in Nagano at an elevation of over 2600 feet, the temperature drops to 5°F. The Mars Shinshu is also Japan’s highest whisky distillery. With fresh, ample snowfall, Mars Shinshu Distillery is situated in an ideal place for whisky production.  Mars Shinshu was founded in 1949 but didn’t start making whisky until their distillery was nestled high in the Japanese Alps in 1985. It was the southernmost whisky made in Japan, which ended when the Hombo clan moved the distillery to the idyllic alpine setting of Miyada village in southern Nagano Prefecture, Central Japan. They chose this site for its cool temperature, which slowed maturation, and the plentiful soft granite filtered snowmelt fed aquifers. In 2016, Hombo Shuzo reopened and introduced new pot stills to their first distillery location in Kagoshima now known as the Mars Tsunuki Distillery, once again Japan’s southernmost distillery.

They also built an aging facility on a tiny island known as Yakushima, a National World Heritage site, where they now age spirits from both Shinshu and Tsunuki distilleries. Kiichiro Iwai - the name sake for this Mars whisky, was a silent pioneer of Japan whisky. Aged entirely in used bourbon barrels, the Iwai is a blend of mostly corn and some malted barley. This Japanese whisky is inspired by great whiskies of America, and is distilled with a majority of corn balanced with light malt aged in ex-bourbon barrels. It is sweet with notes of pear, quince, a hint of reed fruits, and vanilla. It is adored for its caramel, honey, spicy and cherry flavor notes. On the nose, the Iwai Japanese Whisky Blue offers aromas of grapes, sherry and peat. A distilled crescendo, the whisky starts with a deceptively delicate aroma, giving little wafts of vanilla and salted nuts. It is ideal for daily sipping or in a mint julep or an Old Fashioned cocktail. Discover more insights about the flavour profile and suggested food pairings for the Iwai Japanese Whisky (Blue) below:   Flavour Profile: Sweet with fruit flavors like pear, quince and hints of red fruits and vanilla Creamy malt, dried figs, and caramel apples Long, crisp and rounded finish Booms with wood spice lingering   Food pairings: Chocolates Cheese Salted pecans Vanilla-based patries