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Mars Maltage Cosmo

(70cl, 43%)

Mars Maltage Cosmo
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Mars Maltage Cosmo Bottling Note

Mars Maltage Cosmo is a blended malt featuring whisky from the little-known Japanese distillery Shinshu, as well as whiskies from undisclosed Scottish distilleries. An intriguing expression...

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Soft vanilla notes up front, joined by sweet red fruit (think cherry and sugary raspberry).

Palate: Orange oil and chocolate, fresh barley and toasty oak.

Finish: Fresh plum and white grape. Cereals and chocolate biscuits.

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Mars Maltage Cosmo Reviews

Needs to do better for its price.

Deep yellow in colour, prominant nose of cherries, marzipan maybe toffee apple.
Thick, oily on the palette in a pleasant way. Spicy and takes a few drops of water without firing up or destroying the flavour. However there isn't much complexity or refinement in flavour mostly woody, caramel and vanilla, and for me isn't a great example of Japanese whisky like a 12yo hibiki or yamazaki. I received this as part of the Japanese advent calendar so probably taking a differing view than if I'd paid near £60 at which I would be upset. Much better whisky's can be had for this price for my pallette but glad to have tried it.

1st December 2022


Disappointing for a whisky of this price. I don't understand the positive reviews. I find this to be very harsh with a sharp edge and high alcohol, with very little depth of flavour.

It has neither a sweet, nor a smoky, nor a fruity character. Really disappointing.

13th January 2022

Scotch in sheep's clothing

Nothing bad to say about this whisky but you're basically paying for a scotch whisky that has been flown to Japan and back again. If you like this, I'd suggest trying a Balvenie.

21st May 2021

It is an excellent whisky.

I could rave about it. I've been to Japan six times. On returning from Haneda airport. Nov 2019 the duty free recommended MARS Maltage Cosmo.

15th April 2021

Like Japanese Bell's but 50 quid.

I had high hopes for this, it being in the book '101 whiskys to try before you die.'
Admitedly, the chap writing the book openly said he hadn't tried it, and was putting it in purely on the strength of what he'd read/heard about it, but despite this I thought I would take the plunge. Tasted boring, forgettable, faintly desperate and with a tinge of something that might once have been character but had been buried by a myriad of bland layers. Best described as like a Weds night at Flares with your Uncle. Avoid, or be mildly regretful and slightly sadder for the experience.

31st March 2021


Vanilla and fruit on the nose, but sadly underwhelming on the palate.

14th March 2021

Very disappointing

Very disappointing. This was my first taste of a Japanese whisky and was expecting some far better. It's rough and burns on the way down! I'd rate well known high street supermarkets own brand blended scotch above this!

21st February 2021


I had high hopes as I love other Japanese whiskies, but I was bay disappointed.

It's very harsh, and burns the throat and has little in the way of subtle flavours. Would be ok if it was £20 cheaper.

23rd January 2021

Love it

Smooth, carmel/toffe & vanilla with a hint of fruits. absolutely worth the price, will buy again

12th January 2021

Don’t bother

Rubbish. Tastes like a cheap blend. How can this be called Japanese?

8th December 2020

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