Mars Iwai. Credit: Mars Shinsu Distillery
Credit: Mars Shinsu Distillery

Pleased to meet you: 6 overlooked bottles with legs

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So you’ve tried it all. At the Whisky Advocate, Aaron Goldfarb begs to differ. His list of six choice under-the-radar whiskies kicks off with India’s Amrut Single Malt ($65). “A fruity nose continues onto a more creamy palate, with tropical notes of mango, passionfruit, and peaches,” Hacking Whiskey author Goldfarb says. “The finish adds more citrus and a bit of ginger spice.”

Japan fans will want to seek out upstart Mars Iwai ($35), crafted by high-elevation Mars Shinshu Distillery. What to expect? “Gamey on the nose, it has an intensely fruity palate backed by coffee and milk chocolate.”

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