[Review] Single Malt Tsunuki 7th Anniversary Local Barley – Characteristics, taste, list price, where can I buy it?

Whisky Review
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Hombo ShuzoTsunuki Distillery

A limited edition bottle commemorating the 7th anniversary of the Hombo Shuzo and Mars Tsunuki Distillery was sold exclusively at the Tsunuki Distillery Festival. Includes characteristics, price, and site for purchase.

This is a limited edition bottle for the Tsunuki Distillery Festival, which was held locally for the first time in four years due to the Corona disaster after 2020. This time, the local barley was used for the local barley. How is it finished?


1. Maker

Hombo Shuzo Co.

Established 1872
Head office location 891-0122; 3-27 Nanei, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Owned distilleries Mars Shinshu Distillery, Mars Tsunuki Distillery

2. Distillery

Mars Tsunuki Distillery

Location 6594, Kaseda-Tsunuki, Minami-Satsuma-shi, Kagoshima 899-3611
Start of operation 2016

Tsunukiin Kaseda, Minamisatsuma City. “The Mars Tsunuki Distillery”, the southernmost whisky distillery on the mainland, is located in the green mountains 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 effectively utilizing the mountain slope.
Blessed with a mild climate and good water resources, Tsunuki is the birthplace of the Honbo Sake Brewery. 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

3. Photo of the bottle

Single Malt TSUNUKI 7th Anniversary local barley

Single Malt TSUNUKI 7th Anniversary Local Burley

4. Single Malt TSUNUKI 7th Anniversary Local Burley

This is a limited edition bottle for the Tsunuki Distillery Festival, which was held for the first time in four years to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Tsunuki Distillery, which was completed in November 2016. All the nature of Minami-Satsuma is incorporated into one bottle of this product.

This year marks the 7th anniversary of the Mars Tsunuki Distillery, which was completed in November 2016. This product is a single malt whisky made from two-row barley (local barley) grown in the nature of Minami-Satsuma City where the distillery is located, distilled in 2019, and aged for 4 years and 6 months.
We hope you can feel the new possibilities of Mars Tsunuki Distillery from this bottle, made with gratitude for the natural blessings of Minami-Satsuma, such as the climate that nurtures the 2-row barley, the high-quality spring water from the Mt. Kurata mountain range, and the environment where the whisky is matured.

Reference: From the bottle description

4-1. Tasting Notes

Aroma Sweet potato, fresh apple, lemon-like citrus, less alcohol than the alcohol content.
Taste Juicy fruit sweetness, beautiful acidity and texture.
Aftertaste Sweetness and acidity fill the mouth and disappear quickly.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content 55%
Distillate Single Malt
Cask type Bourbon casks, etc.
Volume 700ml
Suggested retail price 13,200 yen (tax included)
Bottling quantity 563 bottles

5. Awards

No awards received at this time.

6. List Price and Online Price

6-1. Suggested Retail Price (List Price)

Product name Single Malt Tsunuki 7th Anniversary Local Barley
Capacity 700ml
Suggested retail price 13,200 yen (including tax)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

Resale price on Mercari is around 35,000 yen. (*As of December 20, 2023)

6-3. Sold price on Yahoo! Auction

There are currently no confirmed bids on Yahoo! Auctions. (*As of December 20, 2023)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

We could not confirm any listings on mail-order sites. (*As of December 20, 2023)

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At “BAR Shinkai” operated by this site, we also offer small quantities such as 1 glass, 45ml: 3,630,yen 30ml: 2,420 yen, 15ml: 1,210 yen, etc.

Information about “BAR Shinkai”
Japanese Whisky Dictionary operates three BAR Shingai stores in Minato Ward, Tokyo. In addition to the Japanese whiskeys...

7. Summary

Tsunuki Distillery is now in its 7th year of operation and already has a large variety of original sake. It has a robust flavor with a beautiful sweetness, which we feel is a characteristic of Tsunuki Distillery.

If you like to drink it straight, on the rocks, with water, or twisting up, please try the change in aroma and the extension of sweetness.

Tsunuki 2024 Edition will be released soon, and we will keep an eye on it.

■Please take a look at our other articles on “Tsunuki”.

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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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