Mars Shinshu, Japan’s highest whisky distillery nestled in the Alps, boasts a century-old legacy under the Hombo family. Whisky production began in 1949 and later moved to Miyada village for its ideal high-altitude and cool climate conditions. Mars Shinshu’s water, enriched by granite rock, adds uniqueness. Named after Kiichiro Iwai, a pivotal figure in Japanese whisky history. Mars Iwai 45, a higher-proof version, crafted from 75% corn and 25% barley, aged in ex-Bourbon casks, offers a distinct bourbon-influenced flavor. These whiskies continue to shape Japan’s whisky heritage with their exceptional character.