[January 18, 2022] Single Malt Tsunuki 2022 Edition

The official website of Hombo Shuzo has released information on the release of “Single Malt Tsunuki 2022 Edition” (limited to 35,800 bottles).
The release date is January 18, 2022.

In 2022, the distillery will celebrate its 6th season. This is the third release under the name of “Single Malt Tsunuki”. I am looking forward to seeing how it evolves from the first release “Tsunuki THE FIRST” and the second release ” Tsunuki Peated “.


At this time, only product information is available, no information on lottery sales has been uploaded.

1. Single Malt Tsunuki 2022 Edition

Single Malt Tsunuki 2022 Edition is a single malt whisky released in 2022 that was distilled between 2017 and 2018 and vatted with malt liquor matured in bourbon barrels.

Single Malt Tsunuki is made at the Mars Tsunuki distillery, located in the green mountains of the southwestern Satsuma Peninsula, blessed with a basin-like climate with temperature differences and the high quality spring water of the Kurata mountain range. The “2022 Edition” is a single malt whiskey released in 2022, vatted mainly from malt liquor matured in bourbon barrels.
The 2022 Edition is a single malt whiskey released in 2022.
This product conforms to the “Standards for the Labeling of Japanese Whiskey” of the Japan Western Brewers Association.

Reference: Japanese Whiskey|Single Malt Tsunuki 2022 Edition|Hombo Shuzo Co.

Product Name Single Cask Tsunuki 2022 Edition
Sake category Single malt
Ingredients Malt
Cask Type Bourbon barrel, etc.
Number of bottles Limited edition of 35,800 bottles
Number of Degrees 50
Price Suggested retail price: 8,580 yen (tax included)
Place of manufacture Mars Tsunuki Distillery
Manufacturer Hombo Shuzo Co.

2. Lottery applications

Currently, the details of the products have been uploaded on the official website of Hombo Shuzo, but the products have not yet been uploaded on the lottery sales page of the official mail order store.

I’m sure it will be uploaded in the future.

3. About Mars Tsunuki Distillery

Tsunuki is located in Kaseda, Minami-Satsuma City. Nestled in the mountains full of greenery in the southwestern part of the Satsuma Peninsula. Mars Tsunuki Distillery, the southernmost whiskey distillery on the mainland The release date is January 2022.

Located in the southwestern part of the Satsuma Peninsula, Tsunuki is in a long basin along the Kaseda River, a tributary of the Manose River. Surrounded by the mountains of Mt. Kurata (475m) to the east and Mt. Nagaya (513m) to the west, the topography of the area is basin-like, so the summers are hot and the winters are cold, which is extremely harsh in southern Satsuma.
The area has a natural environment that is a “blessing” with good water resources (Mt. Kurata spring water), and the cultivation of oranges, known as “Tsunuki oranges,” is flourishing by making effective use of the mountain slopes.
Tsunuki, blessed with a mild climate and good water resources, is the birthplace of the Hombo Sake Brewery. It has been more than a hundred years since the brewery began making shochu using Satsuma sweet potatoes, one of Satsuma’s most famous specialties.
Reference: Mars Tsunuki Distillery official website

4. The lineup of Single Malt Tsunuki

4-1Single Malt Tsunuki Peated

Single Malt Tsunuki Peated is the second single malt whisky from Mars Tsunuki Distillery.
This whisky is made by vatting mainly peated malt raw materials matured in bourbon barrels. It has a pleasantly sweet and soft aroma, followed by a smoky flavor derived from the peat that spreads in the mouth, giving the bottle a lingering taste that is typical of distilleries in the southernmost part of the mainland.





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“Single Malt TSUNUKI THE FIRST” is the first single malt whisky to bear the name “Tsunuki“. Taking advantage of the climate of Tsunuki, Kagoshima, it is characterized by rich and heavy liquor even with a short maturation period.

While the climate is warm, the basin topography allows for a sharp difference in temperature, resulting in vigorous maturation. The presence of the heavy malt is unique to the warm climate and the temperature difference between the two.

Also, by adding a small amount of second-fill bourbon barrels as key malt, the barley flavor, richness of the mouthfeel, and lingering aftertaste derived from the original sake are added. This expresses the energy and depth of the deep original liquor that the Tsunuki distillery aims to produce.

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Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whiskey and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

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(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whiskey and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

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(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whiskey? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

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(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whiskey in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

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