Their second whisky distillery, the Mars Tsunuki Distillery, began operation in Kagoshima prefecture’s Minamisatsuma City in 2016.
“Mars Tsunuki Distillery lies at the southernmost part of Japan mainland and features warm environment. We malt the ingredients making wort, and especially fermentation to make the Deep and Energetic new-pot. One of the unique and particular experiments of Mars Tsunuki Distillery is cultivating yeast by using their wort on site.
It allows them to pursue the best quality of fermentation they aim at. Various experiment and the aging environment makes character of Mars Tsunuki Distillery. We will keep experiment until we find the character of Mars Tsunuki Distillery.”
Notably, there are only a handful of malt whisky makers in Japan that have two distilleries with significant distance between them: Suntory (Yamazaki and Hakushu), Nikka (Yoichi and Miyagikyo), and now Mars (Shinshu and Tsunuki). Of those, Mars’ whisky distilleries are the furthest apart geographically.
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