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Far East Feast

Far East Feast
April 5, 2016 Cask Staff Writer

Japanese whisky lovers (there are plenty of you out there), listen up! Bistro 1855 will be hosting a four-course Iwai pairing dinner on 21 April 2016.

Iwai whiskies are distilled by the Mars Shinshu distillery, which is located between the north and south Japanese Alps, in the Nagano prefecture. They pride themselves as having the highest distillery in Japan, as they are perched nearly 800m above sea level. They have been producing whiskies since 1949, so a little later compared to its Suntory and Nikka counterparts.

Four expressions will be served that evening.

Iwai “Komagatake” Rindo

Headlining the lineup is the Iwai “Komagatake” Rindo, a limited edition bottling. From its notes, this expression was recently distilled in 2012, making it a very young whisky. Via this bottling, the master blender aims to “introduce you to a rich and beautiful universe of taste just like the Japanese Alps flora and fauna surrounding Shinshu distillery.” Only 8,200 bottles are available.

Iwai Tradition

The Iwai Tradition is a blend of whiskies that were matured in sherry, bourbon and wine casks, “with hints delicate hints of peat”.


The Iwai is the series’ entry-level expression. Most of the distillate came from corn, “balanced with light malt aged in ex bourbon barrels.”

Mars Maltage Cosmo

Finally, the Mars Maltage “Cosmo”, a blend of malts distilled and aged in Shinshu as well as single malts distilled and aged in Scotland. No other

The whisky pairing dinner will set you back S$138++, but you’ll get a discount if you are a member of 1855 or the Whiskies Friskies Facebook book.

Bookings via

[UPDATE:] The event is sold out.


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