Throughout the 20th century, Japanese Whisky was primarily sold and consumed in Japan, but in recent years, it has become increasingly popular in Europe, North America, and the rest of Asia. And with global appreciation and demand for Japanese Whisky at an all-time high, the ancient craft of hand-carved ice spheres is moving from Japan's traditional izakayas into the modern bar scene. Turns out there’s more to ice than its cooling capabilities! The water you use, the way you freeze it, and even the shape you cut it into all has an affect on the final drink. Because there is less surface area, the ice dilutes at a slower time frame and, consequently, keeps your drink colder for longer.
One of our favorite Japanese Whiskies to drink with a hand-carved ice sphere comes from Mars Distillery. Located 800 meters above sea level in Miyata Village on Kyushu Island, Mars is the highest single malt distillery in the world. Produced from water that has passed through granite rock and that is high in natural minerals, the Mars ‘Rindo’ No Age Statement Single Malt has a full and balanced flavor.
Tasting Notes:Nose: Chorizo, Tomato Water, MacaroonPalate: Yellow Plum, Sundried Tomato BriocheFinish: Apricot Skin, Ebony, Konbu Shio