Lottery applications start [Mid-January 2023 release] Single Malt Tsunuki 2023 Edition (Hombo Shuzo)

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Hombo ShuzoTsunuki Distillery

This Single Malt Tsunuki 2023 Edition is a single malt whisky vatted with malt whisky aged in a variety of barrels, mainly bourbon barrels.

It has a deep and complex flavor with a full-bodied thickness and fresh fruity taste.

Release date. Mid-January 2023. Lottery applications have started on the official website.

47,000 bottles will be sold at a suggested retail price of 8,800 yen (tax included).

The single malt Tsunuki 2022 Edition released last year is also the same as the current edition, with 50% alcohol by volume, mainly from bourbon barrels. Are there any other differences in the vatted raw alcohol that bring about changes in the flavor? I am very much looking forward to it.

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1. Lottery application

The lottery application has started on the official website of Hombo Shuzo.

Click here for the application page.


Application period: Friday, January 13, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery results: Scheduled for Wednesday, January 18. Only the winners will be notified by e-mail to the e-mail address they entered during the application process.

2. Single Malt Tsunuki 2023 Edition

Product Name

Single Malt Tsunuki 2023 Edition
Sake distillationSingle Malt Japanese Whisky

Malt (made in Japan)

Barrel typeMainly Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottlesLimited to 47,000 bottles


PriceSuggested retail price: 8,800 yen (tax included)
Manufactured at

Mars Tsunuki Distillery

ManufacturerHombo Shuzo Co.

3. About Mars Tsunuki Distillery

Tsunuki is located in Kaseda, Minamisatsuma City. Mars Tsunuki Distillery, the southernmost whisky distillery on the mainland, is located in the mountains full of greenery in the southwest of Satsuma Peninsula.

Tsunuki, located in the southwestern part of the Satsuma Peninsula, is in a long basin along the Kaseda River, a tributary of the Manose River. Surrounded by Mt. Kurata (475m) to the east and Mt. Nagaya (513m) to the west, the basin-like topography makes the summers hot and the winters cold, which are extremely severe in South Satsuma.
The area has a natural environment that is a “blessing from nature” with good water resources (Mt. Kurata spring water), and is known as “Tsunuki Mikan” (mandarin orange), which is cultivated by making effective use of the mountain slope.
Blessed with a mild climate and good water resources, Tsunuki is the birthplace of the Honbo Shuzo. It has been more than 100 years since the brewery started making shochu using Satsuma sweet potatoes, one of Satsuma’s representative specialties.
Reference: Mars Tsunuki Distillery official website

4. Products released by Tsunuki Distillery in the past

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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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