[Lottery sales until 10:00 a.m. on May 26, 2023] Mars Maltage Cosmo Wine Cask Finish 2023 (Hombo Shuzo)

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New Release
Hombo ShuzoShinshu Distillery

The official website of the Honbo Shuzo  has released information on the lottery sale of a new product in the Mars Maltage Cosmo series, the “Mars Maltage Cosmo Wine Cask Finish 2023”.
The Mars Malus Maltage Cosmo series has been releasing one limited edition product each year since 2019, with the “Manzanilla Cask Finish” in 2019, 2021, and 2022, and the “Wine Cask Finish” in 2020. The Wine Cask, which is the same as this one, has not been released since once in 2020.

The release date is early June 2023. 5,940 yen including tax.
Lottery applications began on May 22 on the official Hombo Shuzo website.

1. About the lottery application

Lottery application has started on the official website of the Hombo Shuzo.

Click here for the application page.

Application period: May 22 (Mon.) to May 26 (10:00). *Multiple applications will not be accepted.
Lottery results: “Winners only” will be notified on June 1 (Thu.) to the e-mail address entered during the application process.

2. Mars Maltage Cosmo Wine Cask Finish Bottled in 2023

Product NameMars Maltage Cosmo Wine Cask Finish Bottled in 2023
SakeBlended Malt Whisky
IngredientsMalt, Grain
Cask typeRed wine casks, etc.
Number of bottlesLimited quantity
Degree of alcohol content43%
Price5,940 yen (tax included)
Manufactured at

Mars Shinshu Distillery

ProducerHombo Shuzo Co.

3. About Mars Shinshu Distillery

In 1949, Hombo Shuzo, which had been striving to make “Shochu”, a Japanese distilled spirit, in Kagoshima, obtained a license to produce whisky. Since then, the company has held on to the dream of “someday making real whisky that takes full advantage of the Japanese climate.”
After several years of whisky production in Kagoshima, in 1960, he established the “Mars Yamanashi Winery”, a factory for wine and whisky production in Yamanashi. Then, in order to engage in whisky production in earnest, he searched for an even more ideal location.

The natural conditions for whisky making are very demanding: cold climate with clean air, moderate humidity, and good quality water.

In 1985, after searching for land that met these conditions, Mars Shinshu Distillery was established at an altitude of 798 meters at the foot of Komagatake Mountain in the Central Alps, Nagano Prefecture, in search of the best environment for whisky making.
In 1992, distillation was halted due to sluggish demand for whisky. Later, as Japanese whisky began to be appreciated worldwide, we decided to resume distilling in 2009, when the demand for whisky was on the recovery trend, and started distilling again in 2010. The company re-started in February 2011.
In September 2020, it was completely renovated for the first time in 35 years. The investment is approximately 1.2 billion yen.

In May 2019, a new whisky distillation building (including a barrel cellar) was built to renovate aging facilities, improve the barrel cellar facilities with a view to increasing whisky production, and provide tours of the whisky making process, as well as a visitor building to sell original whisky and merchandise.
The new whisky distillation building has a total floor area of 1,996 square meter (including the barrel cellar, which will hold approximately 2,500 barrels), and the visitor’s building has a floor area of 746 square meter.

Reference: Hombo Shuzo official website

■Production capacity: 1.1 tons of malt per day
■Production capacity of malt malt: 1.1 t/day
■Main facilities: 1 malt crusher, 1 mash tun reuter (saccharification tank) 6KL, 3 stainless steel fermentation tanks 6KL, 3 Douglas fir wooden fermentation tanks (relocated) 6KL, and a first distillation kettle (relocated)

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Misato Ushiwata

Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
She attended a university in Tokyo, where she studied brewing and other sciences while translating articles for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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