Mars Komagatake

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Nature of Shinshu - Shinanotanpopo
Sherry Casks, Bourbon & White Oak Barrels
Number of bottles
52.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
22 sep 2017 7:22 pm by wbarchive_600773

Average value

€ 211.16

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47 × member ratings

177 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mars Komagatake

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.02 points

  1. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose has a gentle fruitiness along with touches of peaches jam, vanilla, marzipan and gentle smokiness.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is slightly sweet and peppery with notes of nuts, peaches, yellow apples followed by caramel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is quite long, pretty warming and fades out slowly with nice fruitiness and hints of almonds and spicy oak.

  2. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I don't find my colleague easy. The nose and the taste are quite different. This is a whisky that you have to deal with for a long time. I'm sure he'll reveal more.
    • Nose

      As soon as I pour it, I find a sweet note of wood, caramel and a lot of vanilla from the glass.
      With the first nose, the wood looks drier and my colleague seems fresher. Cold lemon tea, fresh peach and white currants. Removes a bit of leather and a slightly artificial plastic note. I'll leave it ...
      With a little time in the glass, moist hay and a metallic note prevail. Rusty iron bar and a little coconut. Behind it is a syrupy sweetness. Marzipan and some nutmeg.
      In addition, toasted aromas, like with freshly toasted toast.
    • Taste
      Dry, bitter start. The alcohol tinkles nicely on the tongue. This fine, pure alcohol note in the taste reminds me of triple distilled Lowlander. Then the toasted aromas again. Grainy and wet hay again. A dry, nutty taste joins it. Which makes the story a bit bitter. Goes well towards walnut. Sometimes tastes young and metallic. Which fits nicely into the picture here. The taste reveals little fruit to me. More malty. Something like dark wheat beer with a hint of vanilla and caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium length. First the nutty, woody bitterness again. Then come the roasted aromas again and towards the end, the subtle syrupy sweetness. A little smoke sticks to the palate.

  3. Artmount scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  6. Kumachan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    ● The dress.
    Yellow gold, regular tears, large with large drops.

    ● The nose.
    Ample and caramelized, a lot of vanilla and a greedy wood, the primitive fresh cereals, chestnut honey, fir wood on confit cypress fruit and liquorice.

    ● The mouth.
    The texture is tender and syrupy, a smoke sweet, floral and dark at the same time, cereals and black honey and spicy.
    Burnt fir wood and cypress syrup.

    ● The final.
    Long on smoke and rock, wood and straw.

    A pleasant expression, fine and flowery, a nice aperitif.

    If it were to be given a subjective note, it would be an 87.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur


    Named after a flower, this is one of a botanical series - the Japanese Flora n Fauna range if you will.

    N: Floral and mineral with ash, or peat?
    T: The US oak speaks now with a touch of sherry, ash and butterscotch - all rather young.
    F: Lingers temporarily.
    C: Contemporary, rounded, youthful style. There are 11000 bottles of this NAS whisky, so why it’s commanding around €130 online [Sept ’18] is mind boggling.

    Scores a C[-]

  8. Hemdl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In the nose still unbalanced and getting used to, I like the Shinanotanpopo in terms of taste and on the finish really well. 11000 bottles are there of it? I am tempted to buy one of them, despite the (too) high price.
    • Nose
      At first glance, it seems to be young and fresh, but initially not felt much of the (allegedly) used 20-year-old (sherry) barrels. More sourish fruit meets young, strong smoke with some honey and oak. A few floral notes are indeed to be found, but in no way to compare with those who like to Scottish Malts (for example, from the Speyside) ascribes. This is actually more in the direction of herb meadow.
    • Taste
      Surprise - the smoke so dominant in the nose hardly felt on the tongue. Instead, here is a pleasant (fruit) sweetness with lots of honey and tropical fruits. Now works much more mature than in the nose and comes out completely without disturbing notes. Harmonious, pleasant - delicious. Apparently here now used sherry and mature ex-Bourbon barrels noticeable noticeable, the taste at least a blatant (positive) contrast to the nose.
    • Finish
      Medium long and a nice change bath. First of all, the fruity sweet notes from the palate, which then turn into very subtle smoke and minimal oak. No dryness, no bitterness. Really nice!

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85


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