Mars Malt Duo Komagatake x Chichibu

700 ml / 54%


The Mars Malt Duo Komagatake x Chichibu (2021) was a limited edition whisky. This collaboration between two Japanese distilleries blended their single malts for a complex flavor profile. Mars’ delicate and fruity malt met Chichibu’s robust and spicy one, potentially with vanilla and caramel notes from ex-bourbon casks.

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Mars Malt Duo Komagatake x Chichibu Bottling Note

In 2021, Mars Shinshu (Nagano) and Chichibu Distillery (Saitama) released a limited edition, cask strength (54% ABV) blended malt whisky named Mars Malt Duo Komagatake x Chichibu. This unique offering deviated from the standard blend by marrying single malts from each esteemed distillery. Mars contributed their well-regarded Komagatake malt, recognized for its delicate and fruity character, while Chichibu provided their robust and spicy single malt. This combination aimed to deliver a complex and intriguing whisky experience, showcasing the combined mastery of these two distinct producers.

While the specific cask types remain undisclosed, speculation suggests the blend may have utilized ex-bourbon barrels alongside potential additional cask finishes. This marriage likely yielded a whisky rich in vanilla and caramel notes, complemented by the subtle fruit and floral hints characteristic of Komagatake malts, and potentially a touch of spice reflecting Chichibu’s influence.

Reviews suggest an initial burst of apple on the nose, followed by hints of honey, cinnamon, and a touch of ethanol warmth. The palate is expected to offer a delightful interplay between the delicate fruitiness of Komagatake and the robust spice of Chichibu, all delivered with a smooth and viscous mouthfeel.

Mars Malt Duo Komagatake x Chichibu Tasting Note

Nose: The Mars Malt Duo Komagatake x Chichibu opens with a prominent red apple aroma, balanced by honey and baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Delicate floral notes emerge with time, alongside a touch of ethanol warmth.

Palate: The palate is surprisingly smooth and viscous for a 54% ABV whisky. The initial apple carries through, joined by vanilla and caramel, likely from ex-bourbon casks. Delicate fruit meets a wave of peppery spice, creating a dynamic interplay.

Finish: The finish is long and lingering, with the spice fading slowly into a pleasant warmth. Subtle oak tannin provides a touch of dryness, balancing the lingering sweetness. The aftertaste is a delightful echo of apple and spice.

Overall: This Mars Malt Duo showcases the potential of distillery collaboration. It marries Komagatake’s delicate fruit with Chichibu’s robust spice, resulting in a complex and layered experience. While limited availability is a drawback, the Malt Duo is a testament to innovation in Japanese whisky.

Product details

Weight 2.0 kg

Mars Malt Duo Komagatake x Chichibu


Mars Komagatake Distillery (formerly known as Mars Shinshu Distillery) & Chichibu Distillery (Collaboration)


Japanese Whisky


Blended Malt Whisky


Nagano & Saitama (Collaboration), Japan


NAS (No Age Statement)

Cask Type

Likely ex-Bourbon casks with potential additional finishes (unspecified)


700 ml


54% ABV




Limited Edition


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