The 2020 release of Mars Maltage Cosmo is a limited edition blended malt that has been finished in ex-wine casks for just under a year. Bottled at 43% abv, this is a rich, fruity and balanced expression from Shinshu distillery in Japan.
The nose has dried fruits, banana chips and apricot tea, with spicy and fruity notes from the red wine shining through. A soft palate follows with sweet notes of honey and brown sugar, followed by Japanese peach and crispy red fruits. Fine and delicate tannins make for a delightful finish.