NIKKA COFFEY GRAIN ~ JAPAN
91/100 Distiller Score
Grain whiskies are the base for most blended whiskies throughout the world. Nikka has decided to use the column still (aka Coffey still) rather than the more modern continuous stills to retain more character to their final product. It is quite unusual, however, to bottle and sells this product instead of using it for blending. The grains used here are primarily corn with a splash of barley.
Nose - Bourbon-like vanilla and corn notes with a herbal hint of chamomile.
Palate - Sweet, fruity flavours of melon, grapefruit and thick syrup, balanced by crunchy biscuits and fresh vanilla.
Finish - The corn notes, sweet and vibrant, last on the finish.
Overall: Fans of grain whisky should be pretty happy with this, as well as bourbon lovers.
Nikka Distillery consists of two distilleries; Yoichi and Miyagikyo.
Yoichi Distillery was established in 1934. Positioned in the harsh and rich nature of northern Japan, the climate satisfies everything needed for whisky-making.
Miyagikyo distillery was established in 1969. Along with the different terroir, the different distillation method of Miyagikyo creates distinctive malt whiskies than those at Yoichi.