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
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.
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.
While the ﬁnish is still short, there is a distinct development of sweetness.