Komagatake Whisky: the Japanese Single Malt Aged in Australian Wine Barrels

Western Australia’s Voyager Estate winery collaborated with Japanese brand Mars Shinshu on this wine-cask finished Single Malt Komagatake Whisky. It’s the first whisky collaboration for the award-winning WA winery, and Komagatake Whisky is limited to just 266 bottles. There’s a good chance whisky connoisseurs will have snapped them all up by the time you read this. Still, one can dream.

Komagatake Whisky began in 2014, distilled at Mars Whisky in the mountainous region of the Nagano Prefecture. The single malt Japanese whisky was first aged in bourbon barrels for three years before being transferred and aged in a Voyager Estate French Troncais oak barrel initially used to age the flagship wine, 2014 ‘MJW’ Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The whisky is said to be deep and complex in flavour. Red wine accents, fruity aromas and a hint of citrus stem from time spent maturing in the ex-Cabernet Sauvignon French Oak barrel. On the palate, the whisky is velvety smooth with sweet fruitiness, vanilla and warm spices. The finish is long and elegant with a rounded, delicate balance of cask toast and peat character.

Located between Japan’s Southern Alps and the towering Central Alps, Mars Whisky is Japan’s highest whisky distillery at just over 790 metres. This location was chosen for its cool climate, which slows the maturation process, and the granite-filtered snowmelt that feeds aquifers to help produce elegantly smooth yet complex flavoured whisky.

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Voyager Estate is a family-owned and operated winery, located along WA’s Margaret River. Voyager’s sensitive winemaking techniques allow their wines to express a sense of place. The techniques have been at the heart of the Voyager Estate winemaking philosophy for more than 20 years.

The Mars x Voyager Estate Komagatake Single Malt Japanese Whisky goes for $350 per bottle. It’s available now online and via Voyager’s Cellar Door – if not already sold out.

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