Mars The Y.A. No01 70cl 52°

Distillery : Shinshu Mars / Country : Japan / Reference: : 25514

The Y.A. #1 is a brand new Japanese whisky from the Mars Distillery, created to highlight the exceptional qualities of the Yakushima environment for aging whisky. This first version is a Japanese Blended Malt composed of Single Malts from Komagatake (Mars Shinshu distillery) and Tsunuki (Mars Tsunuki distillery) mainly aged in Bourbon casks with some ex-Sherry casks.

Yakushima Island, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, enjoys a warm, tropical climate with high humidity, where it is said to rain 35 days a month. This extreme weather condition gives Mars a different ageing environment than Shinshu and Tsunuki, with a higher share of angels.

The Y.A. #1 is a limited edition, distilled in copper stills from 100% malted barley, a blend of unpeated and peated barley.

This whisky offers aromas of vanilla wafers, young pineapple, orange zest and Bartlett pear skin. On the palate, it is characterized by candied tropical fruits and vanilla. The finish is long, with a taste of malt and a subtle smoke. The Y.A. #1 is a non-chill filtered whisky that will delight Japanese whiskey lovers.

159,00 € tax incl.

soit 227,14 € / litre

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Volume0.7 L
ABV52 °
TypeBlended Whisky
DistilleryShinshu Mars
MaturationBourbon & Sherry
PeatLightly Peated
CharacteristicsNon Chill-Filtered

The Shinshu Mars distillery originates from Japan where it enjoys an exceptional geographical location. It is located at an altitude of 800m in the small village of Miyata, an area with a harsh climate, in the heart of the Japanese Alps. There, it enjoys the sources of pure water filtered by the mountain for centuries to give Mars whisky its unique character.

Shinshu was founded by Maison Hombo Shuzu, a producer of wines and shoshu. In the 1980s, the drop in demand for spirits forced Kiichiro Iwai, its founder, to close the distillery in 1992. It reopened in 2011 with a new bottling which naturally took the name "The Revival 2011".

The production of Shinshu varies throughout the year, the winter months are devoted to whisky while the summer months are devoted to Brandies and other spirits. The whiskies produced at the Shinshu Distillery are aged in barrels of Brandy, Bourbon and Japanese red wines.

In 2015, Mars decided to create a second distillery, Tsunuki.

Colour: bright amber.

Nose: the nose firstly starts on fruits like orange, candied pineapple and banana. Notes of salt and vanilla bring delicacy and complexity. Sweet aroma of caramel maintains the balance.

Palate: following the nose, juicy fruits set the pace. The mouth has a rich taste that bring us to the lush flora of Yakushima. The refined saltiness is directly reminding the Pacific Ocean all around the island.

Finish: the fruitiness is definitely the common thread of this Y.A. #1, supported by the sweet taste of the malt.