Mars Iwai Whisky
Mars Iwai Whisky at Third Base Market & Spirits
Third Base Market & Spirits is proud to showcase Mars Iwai Whisky, a truly unique and under-the-radar gem from the Japanese whisky landscape. Named after Kiichiro Iwai, a key figure in the history of Japanese whisky, this expression epitomizes a fusion of traditional Scotch influences with Japanese craftsmanship. A must-try for anyone who appreciates the nuances of well-made whisky.
- Name: Mars Iwai Whisky
- Type: Japanese Blended Whisky
- Age: NAS (No Age Statement)
- Region: Shinshu, Japan
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 40%
Tasting Notes and Technical Description:
Mars Iwai Whisky presents itself with an amber hue, displaying moderate viscosity and leaving a clean, slow trail when swirled in the glass, signifying its balanced body.
Upon the first inhalation, the nose reveals a mélange of baked apple, vanilla, and light caramel, with an underlying trace of sweet corn and honeycomb. The aroma is soft yet intricate, inviting one to explore deeper.
The entry is a harmonious blend of malt and grain, offering the palate rich flavors of vanilla, toffee, and stewed fruit. There’s a gentle smokiness in the background, not overwhelming but sufficient to add an additional layer of complexity. As is characteristic of many Japanese whiskies, the palate is extremely well-balanced, allowing both the sweetness and earthier tones to coexist elegantly.
The finish is moderately long with a persistence of subtle sweetness, mingled with faint nutty and oaky undertones. It leaves you with a warm, velvety mouthfeel, enticing enough for another sip.
Silky and elegant. Mars Iwai Whisky has a medium body that envelopes the palate without overwhelming it, creating a delightfully smooth experience from start to finish.
Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:
Mars Iwai Whisky is an ideal introduction to Japanese whisky for newcomers, yet complex enough to satisfy more seasoned whisky aficionados. We find that its balanced profile and moderate proof make it quite versatile, whether you wish to enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or even in cocktails.
This whisky pairs exceptionally well with both Western and Eastern cuisines. It complements sushi or sashimi beautifully, as well as robust cheeses and cured meats for those favoring more Western flavors.
Mars Iwai Whisky is available but limited in quantity at Third Base Market & Spirits. Its growing reputation has made it increasingly sought-after, so we recommend securing a bottle while it remains in stock.
In conclusion, Mars Iwai Whisky is an exemplary specimen of Japanese whisky craftsmanship. It combines complexity and approachability in a way that captivates both novice and seasoned whisky drinkers alike. Its presence on our shelves at Third Base Market & Spirits offers an extraordinary opportunity for whisky enthusiasts to explore a captivating bottle from Japan’s storied whisky tradition.
Very balanced and well distilled. I will buy again, great value!
I don't hate this as much as many commenters hate it, but it's certainly a simple, sweet whiskey with no real complexity. I'm not getting the artificial flavors and aromatics that others have called out, though I do get a bit too much sweetness and some unexpected toast that's a bit out of place. I finished the bottle, and company didn't hesitate to help with that, but the distillery folk are still finding their way with this one.