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Mars 2011

Overall rating
85.81/100
votes
86
Whiskybase ID
WB56991
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Revival - Komagatake
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
03 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
58.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4976881500938
Added on
12 aug 2014 10:51 am by wbarchive_350097
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 247.56

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Whisky Reviews for Mars 2011

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.81 points

  1. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    this isn’t a complex whisky with broad range of flavours, and I wouldn’t consider this a true peated whisky too. Nonetheless, it is an interesting one, if that is what you are going for. It reminds me of my younger self — raw with enthusiasm and piercing energy; bold and imperfect. Much like this bottle of 'The Revival 2011', each one of us has a (blossoming/coming of age) story to tell. And much like our youthful self, it requires patience and openness to savour. Then, and only then, its full profile arrives.

    P/S: Perhaps because it is of a Japanese descent or maybe because I had Japanese for lunch, I would recommend this paired with a small dish of tuna belly otoro sashimi with authentic wasabi and soy sauce. I find that the mild floral peat and spice of the whisky compliments the fattiness of otoro and wasabi spice.

    Link to review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/mars-komagatake-single-malt-the-revival-2011-shinshu-mars-distillery-58-ob-3-years-old-2011-bottle-3381-of-6000-bottles
    • Nose
      At first nose, it smells a little young, with refreshing notes of vanilla, oak and spices, but the first sip was the true indication of its age. On the palate, it came off raw, harsh and true enough, pretty one dimensional: spicy. It taste rich of pepper, bitter lemon zest, and the spiciness clouds most of the other flavours you get on the nose. As expected of a young whisky, the finish is relatively short and dry.

      Now, comes the interesting bit. Adding 1-2 drops of water really opens up the flavour profile for me, and helps temper with the raw intensity. With water, you can catch a glimpse of sweet fruits on the nose, and even a slightly floral peat if you search for it.
    • Taste
      On second sip, I savoured the young whisky in my mouth a little longer, as what you would do with a fine red — you let your saliva do the magic. Trust me, this experience is beautiful, like the witnessing of a blossoming flower, a child comes of age. You’ll now find the spiciness greatly mellowed down, only to make way for rich vanilla aromas and the sweetness of a pear! Allow the sip to slowly dissipate down the throat, and you will find that it no longer burns of mere pepper. It's smooth and the new texture is seductive. You now witness the shy, fruity sweetness folding the chapter, with light smoke making a brief, ending appearance.
    • Finish
      While the finish is still short, there is a distinct development of sweetness.

  2. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

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

  3. Wolf68 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Pkaak scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Needs some water to get a better flavor palet.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fine spicy and non-alcoholic.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    15 ml / ¥500 @ Komagatake Distillery Bar.

    Appearance: Straw gold.

    Nose: Alcohol burn, toasted oak, honey, vanilla, something slightly pukey.

    Palate: Honey, alcohol heat, vanilla, peat.

    Finish: Peppery, tannic, spiky, with honey and smoke.

    With Water: Obviously needs water. Still a bit too spiky though. The honey and peat come out more nicely.

    Overall: As the server said to me, it’s rather unrefined compared to what they are doing nowadays. Ok.

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Honey , vanilla, green apple, pineapple, bubblegum, cereals, interesting and easy to drink

  8. Vince scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    exceptionally good for a three year old whisky. I have high expectations for future Komagatake from Mars.

  9. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  10. thomasflsts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful very young, but very powerful and rich with the silence with an impressive depth for his age and complexity, very pleased with the combination of brass-moonshine notes with the rest of the ensemble of taste. Far not a masterpiece, of course, and the age of children is felt, but it turned out perfectly, in full accordance with the name. Regarding the very old-fashioned, by the way, Glenglasso Evolution is recalled, a similar young Molt, where these notes also prevailed, but there was a complete failure, but everything turned out well, the producer's reminder.
    • Nose
      Open, powerful, flower-honey, pollen, propolis, warm processed wood, scented, moonshine (in this case very to the place and harmoniously combined with other ingredients), fresh berry notes with acidity, carpentry workshop, a little varnish and solvent, lemonade Sieve, dried peel of orange and lemon, vanilla, stone dust.
    • Taste
      Thick, rich, oak, honey, sweet floral notes, peppery wave, all this on a bright moonshine with waves of ripe bragging from jam, I'll note again that everything goes very well here, eucalyptus and mint, more likely even menthol, again spicy, slightly bitter oak.
    • Finish
      Juicy, oak with ginger-pepper burning, kvasnoe wort, burnt caramel, lemon in sweet tea, cherries and strawberries, a little lost in power and strength to taste and aroma.

  12. tomy63 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Straw color, exuberant nose on fresh cereal, apple, a little bubblegum side. More interesting in the mouth where the alcohol is perfectly integrated, beautiful texture very thick, aromatic of a young whisky on the cereal, green fruits a little sweet, vanilla. Short final. Promising for 3 years, but uninteresting for himself.

  13. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Lightly liquid, lemon grass, paired with water and alcohol, shake well and then drink. Quality is the price. Nothing great, without great future potential, but drinkable. Rather something for the appero. Chichibu's On the Way, Chibidaru and the Floor Malted are marginally more expensive, but clearly better. What is described below as "great", I consider a nonsense, or they know nothing better. Great is different. I do not buy anymore. Drink up. not worth storing and probably not as an investment.
    in German: Order your pizza pizza with your old one, brosbiere that with water, make besöffe in place where others have brains. make it especially drunk when it's all drunk, because fil has alcohol, full of crass man. nothing help. do you have lemon, buy at petrol station 1 litr gasoline, make 2-3 lemon pure, taste almost no matter that.

  14. The Lift scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Whiskyfun:

    Shinshu Mars 'Komagatake The Revival' 2011/2014 (58%, OB, 6000 bottles) Shinshu’s the name of the place, it’s not extremely far from Nagano. Colour: white wine. Nose: not unpleasant, but pretty newmake-y, with some bubblegum, pear spirit, pineapple, and a faint grassiness in the background, as well as a rather delicate smokiness. That part starts to take more space after a few seconds, together with a few floral notes. Lilac, perhaps? Improves over time. With water: coal smoke on cider and custard. Again, not unpleasant at all. Mouth (neat): good sweet malt, with body and structure, quite some peat this time, but also a slightly bitter black pepper. A little acrid, but water should help. With water: it helps a lot! Plenty of sweet lemons, quince jelly, liquorice rolls and, perhaps heather honey. I find this almost perfect now, at 3 years of age. Finish: quite long, clean, with a bit of salt. Comments: it’s impressive what water did to this restless baby. Great spirit at only 3. SGP:553 - 85 points.

  15. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly mature for his age!
    • Nose
      Fruity (pears, pineapple), grassy, some smokiness, floral, pudding, honey, vanilla, olive oil
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, sweet malt, peppery, citrus, liquorice, vanilla, honey, almonds, oily
    • Finish
      Long, clean, salty, smoky

  17. rottendon scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Pleasantly complex, for his three years even very well balanced whisky with a few really weird, but interesting and appropriate echoes. Can you keep busy for a while, it's fun.
    • Nose
      Immediately very salty, then ripe yellow fruits, very delicate! Very difficult. Cake batter. Warms up a hint of wine and something oblique, only briefly, then fruit compote, malt and above all a delicate, salty note. Definitely delicate smoke. Very possessive. At the end, there is a floral note added.
    • Taste
      Pepper-strong, with sweet notes of brown gingerbread. Coffee develops, oak and brown sugar.
    • Finish
      The dark sweetness goes slowly, ending with a light acidity. The smoke remains the longest, along with a perfumed nut note. The finish is long.

  18. rdavek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fruity and floral with a real kick of pepper and spice in the finish.  Really needs some water to open it up.  The youth shows on the entry, sweet with a little marshmallow, but followed by lots of tropical fruit, lychee is one that stands out for me.  What really makes this interesting is the peppery spice in the finish, quite unique the way it comes on in an instant and then fades very slowly showing some (peat?) smoke toward the end.  I like this quite a bit now, but I'm really interested to try it in a few years. 
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

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