Every time we encounter a Japanese whisky to review, we tell you: we don’t have a lot of experience with it. But counting them, we can carefully say we now have a global view of what the cheaper segment of (mostly blended and NAS, what this one is too) Japanese whiskies have to offer.
There’s always a bit of hesitance from our side, since the rules of Japanese blends state that the distillate doesn’t necessarily have to come from Japan itself, so what do you buy then? What we know about Mars Kasei is that it’s a blend of both malt and grain whiskies, married from several barrels. But as always, we are here for the taste, so let’s focus on that for now:
Grass, flowers and lemon. Quite soapy too, with a nice touch of rice and crème brûlée.
Vanilla and birch syrup, coconut water and cocktail fruits.
Oak resin, rice flan, pineapple and blank wood.
Just like most of the other’s in this category, it’s fine for cocktails or to kickstart your tastebuds for a tasting journey. On itself it isn’t very exciting and it certainly doesn’t immerse you into the world of Japanese whisky. For that, we’ll need some deeper pockets I’m afraid.