Komagatake whisky is produced at Shinsu Distillery in Miyada, in Nagano prefecture. The parent company, Hombo Shuzo, holds distilling license since 1949 but didn’t start distilling until the early 1960s.
In the next 50 years Hombo Shuzo had moved its operations from one location to another and tried to produce different styles of whisky with rather moderate success. After quitting whisky distillation in 1992 the distillery resumed operation in 2011. Komagatake 27 years old, a limited edition of 1246 bottles, was launched in March 2018 and sold via lottery. It is a vatting of three sherry casks: # 327 distilled 1986, # 570 distilled 1988 and # 1068 distilled 1990 and one ex-bourbon barrel # 382 distilled 1986.
Nose: perfectly balanced, raisins, cantaloupe, nectarines, raspberry jam, crème brûlée, cocoa powder, black pepper, notes of cedar and oak and fading hint of peat.
Palate: very fruity, black cherries, blackberries, plums, pears, dried apricots, milk chocolate, dash of nutmeg and allspice and touch of peat.
Finish: long, with notes of sherry, dried fruit, raisins, oak tannins, dash of mixed spice and little peat.