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Learn About the Mars Shinshu Distillery
Hombo Shuzo Co. is a small producer of alcoholic beverages with a whisky distillery in Shinshu. This distillery was opened in 1985 in order to produce a whisky with special Japanese characteristics. Hombo selected an interesting location for their distillery, which is situated in the small village of Miyada 798 metres above sea level, high up in the Japanese Alps in Nagano.
The company had actually acquired a licence to produce whisky as early as in 1949 and after briefly producing it in Kagoshima, began to search for the perfect whisky-making spot. Kagoshima, after all, situated on the southeast corner of Kyushu, isn’t the most natural spot in the world to make whisky. Rather more adequate are the colder northern districts, with their moderate levels of humidity and high quality water, and it was to this area that the company looked.
History Of The Mars Shinshu Distillery
The search for this natural place for whisky production was finally fruitful in 1985 when the Shinshu distillery was opened at the high altitude of 798 metres, in the Japanese Alps in Nagano not far from Tokyo. The population of this small town is just 9.000. During winter, the temperature habitually drops below minus-15. The humidity during summer is moderate and the water is of high quality, making the area an ideal location for whisky production.
Initially, whisky was produced only during wintertime as other seasons were used to produce other drinks. In 1992, the production of whisky was temporarily halted due to sluggish demand. It would be resumed in 2012. The most notable product to come out of this distillery is the single malt whisky named Komagatake after one of the many nearby mountains; other brands include Mars Amber and 3&7, to name but a few.
The company was founded back in 1872 by Honbu Matsusa. Honbu had a vision for the company: Not only should it focus on business promotion, but it should also emphasize social service and responsibility. His successors have tried their very best to carry out this vision and contribute to society. Today the company is notable nationwide for making all sorts of alcoholic beverages.
Whisky From The Mars Shinshu Distillery
The Revival 2011 Komagatake Mars Whisky$389.99
Mars Shinshu might not be the largest whisky distillery in Japan, but it more than makes up for its size with its elegance and grace. The Mars The Revival 2011 “Komagatake” is the first whisky released after the hiatus. Aged last 2011 in a Bourbon Cask. Distilled at the highest operational distillery in Japan. A […]
The Lucky Cat “Ash ’99”$249.99
Here’s a special release from Mars Whisky: the Lucky Cat! From the Lucky Cat series, the Lucky Cat Ash 99 is a blended dram from Shinshu Mars Distillery, which is owned by the company Hombo Shuzo Ltd. The Lucky Cat Series is dedicated to Shinshu Mars Distillery owner’s cat; his passion and love for his […]
Shinshu Mars Karuizawa Club$299.99
Mars Shinshu may not be the largest whisky distillery in Japan, but it more than makes up for its size with its elegance and grace. Being one of our favorite distilleries, we are always eager to offer its products. This particular bottle was produced and bottled at Shinshu Mars Distillery and was bottled for the […]
Mars Shinshu might not be the largest whisky distillery in Japan, but it more than makes up for its size with its elegance and grace. This release from the company is very woody and has been distilled in the quiet valley, around the mountains of Nagano Prefecture, which is located in the Chubu region of […]
Mars Whisky Tsunagu Blended Whisky$329.99
Tsunagu Mars Whisky is a blend bottled as a limited edition for Japanese department store, Isetan. It is a surprisingly complex and sweet blend, developing into an attractive range of fruity flavors, similar to those of single malts, aged in sherry casks. Completed with an elegant light peat, it is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46%. […]