【On sale in early September, 2023】Single Malt Komagatake 2023 Edition

New Release
New Release
Hombo Shuzokomagatake Distillery

Single Malt Komagatake 2023 Edition. Released in early September by Hombo Shuzo and Mars Shinshu Distillery. Features, price, and details.

Komagatake Limited Edition has been released annually since 2018. The Komagatake series represents Mars Shinshu Distillery, and has been released as an edition since 2021 with a much larger limited quantity.

This edition is officially described as “limited quantity,” but based on past limited editions, there are probably 50,000-60,000 bottles.

Like last year’s Komagatake 2022 Edition, it uses bourbon barrels, sherry casks, and port casks. It will be interesting to see how the flavor changes.

Product nameLimited number of bottles

Single Malt Komagatake Limited Edition 2018

10,000 bottles
Single Malt Komagatake Limited Edition 201911,497 bottles
Single Malt Komagatake Limited Edition 202015,000 bottles
Single Malt Komagatake 2021 Edition50,000 bottles
Single Malt Komagatake 2022 Edition60,000 bottles
Single Malt Komagatake 2023 EditionLimited quantity

About the lottery application

Currently, there is no information about the lottery on the official Hombo Shuzo website.

Features of Single Malt Komagatake 2023 Edition

Single Malt Komagatake is produced at the Mars Shinshu Distillery, located at the foot of Mt. Komagatake in the Central Alps mountain range, which is surrounded by high-quality water and rich nature. The “2023 Edition” is a single malt whisky bottled in a limited edition of 2023, with a well-balanced vatting of bourbon barrel, sherry cask, and port cask matured whisky.

Reference: Single Malt Komagatake 2023 Edition | New Products | Hombo Shuzo Official Website

Product nameSingle Malt Komagatake 2023 Edition
Sake distillationSingle Malt Japanese whisky
CasksBourbon Barrel, Sherry Cask, Port Cask
Number of bottlesLimited quantity
Degree of alcohol content50% (50%)
PriceSuggested retail price: 8,800 yen (tax included)
Manufactured atMars Shinshu Distillery
ProducerHombo Shuzo Co.

3. about Mars Shinshu Distillery

The Honbo Shuzo Brewery, which had been striving to make shochu, a Japanese distilled spirit, in Kagoshima, obtained a license to produce whisky in 1949. 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, seeking a land that satisfied 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 suspended due to sluggish demand for whisky. In 2009, when Japanese whisky was beginning to gain worldwide recognition and demand for whisky was recovering, the distillery decided to resume distilling and restarted in February 2011.
In September 2020, the distillery will undergo a complete renewal for the first time in 35 years. The investment will be approximately 1.2 billion yen.

From May 2019, renovation of existing facilities and equipment, including renovation of aging facilities, improvement of barrel storage facilities with a view to increasing whisky production, and construction of a whisky distillation building (including barrel storage) for the purpose of providing tours of whisky production, and a visitor building for the purpose of selling original whisky and goods.
The new whisky distillation building has a total floor area of 1,996m2 (including the barrel cellar, which will hold approximately 2,500 barrels), and the visitor’s building has a floor area of 746m2.
Reference: Hombo Brewery official website

Production capacity: 1.1 tons of malted barley per day
Undrafted sake production: approx. 700L/day, approx. 185KL/year
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, first distillation kettle (relocated)

4. Lineup of Single Malt Komagatake Limited Edition released in the past

Ryuhei Oishi

Bartender at bar Shinkai Toranomon, born in Hokkaido.
After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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