Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

(0.75l, 45%)


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The Japanese Bourbon.
 
Made by the Miyagikyo distillery, the first and bigger distillery of the Nikka Whisky Company. It was founded in 1934 by one of the two most influential men in Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. Yoichi Distillery lies in southern Hokkaido and has three sides surrounded by mountains, a terrain much similar to the one found in Scotland, where Masataka studied the art of Whisky production and returned to Japan as a master blender - with a Scottish wife to boot. Yoichi possesses its own cooperage and is particularly careful when selecting its barrels. Known as Hogshead the barrels are made on-site using new oak. Yoichi produces big, oily spirits in the Highland style.

Nikka Coffey Grain is a made from a mash bill containing mostly corn, and a dash of malted barley. It was distilled using a Coffey still (aka patent still). The founder, Masataka Taketsuru imported a Coffey still from Scotland back in 1963, because he desired a grain spirits high in alcohol content, but also one that retains the character of the grain, its flavors and aromas.

The newer, more widely used, types of continuous stills stripped the spirit of too much flavor. The Coffey still is notoriously difficult to operate, but it does produce Whisky with a more characterful spirit. This unconventional Whisky is NOT for everyone. It’s for those who appreciate the different. You, we hope.
 
SmartAss Corner: 
Coffey still is named after Aeneas Coffey (1780–1852), an Irish inventor and distiller.



  • Category
  • Style
    Grain Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    45%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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fresh vanilla
pepper
burnt caramel
syrup
sweet
demerara sugar
oak
malted barley
slightly spicy
What does Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden amber.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Vanilla, corn, herbals, spice, Chamomile.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sweet, fruit, melon, grapefruit, thick syrup, crunchy biscuits, fresh vanilla.

Finish
Long, corn notes.

Flavor Spiral
Fresh vanilla, burnt caramel, pepper, sweet, syrup, corn, malted barley, oak, demerara sugar.
Ratings & Reviews
Alissa
Alissa,
Nothing particularly unexpected for whiskey, subtle flavors and smooth with ice.
 
Chris
Chris,
The quintessential bourbon. Everything is like a variant of this. By far the smoothest liquor I have ever had.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Great, smooth with ice... disappears fast though.
 
Jon
Jon,
Excellent, so smooth.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Very good
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Absolutely delicious whisky
 
Ian
Ian,
This whisky has a strong alcohol nose that hides the complex and smooth flavors and mouth feel of this expression. This is more widely available than you would expect and that is a huge part of the appeal. try this and it's malt sister for a true taste of superior craftsmanship. For those who like easy drinking on the rocks or neat this is a fantastic spirit that makes your mouth happy. Superb!
 
Nicole
Nicole,
Just exquisite. I had this paired with a caramel creme brûlée and I was thoroughly impressed.
 
John
John,
A wonderful and simple expression. Perfect amount of sweet and a clean finish. Highly reccomended
 
Doug
Doug,
an interesting and complex flavor. more sweet (vanilla?) than I would have expected. serve neat with a few drops of water to open it up and experience it fully.
 
Akbar
Akbar,
Very smooth, slightly spicy with a hint of coffee!
 
Levi
Levi,
It's sweet, but not overwhelming so like most bourbons. A lot of vanilla and caramel. This is what I've always wanted to find in a bourbon.
 
Cari
Cari,
GREAT whisky. Definitely one of my favorites. My only issue is that I found it at my neighborhood store for $12 less than I got it here.
 
Tom
Tom,
not nearly as much smoke or peat as the pure malt. very smooth and sweet. definitely a repeat purchase for me
 
Art
Art,
Vanilla stuck out to me, very smooth, now I want to try the Coffey Malt!
 
Scott
Scott,
I prefer the Coffey Malt - but only slightly. This is a great entry to Japanese whisky if you're a bourbon fan looking for crossover appeal.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Extremely good! Lots of Vanilla and smells of caramel. Obviously sweet and has a great oak barrel flavor to finish. Definitely worth owning a full bottle.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Delicious with a smooth finish.
 
Jenna
Jenna,
Pretty sweet but something you can still drink two ounces of without getting sick of it.
 
Joe
Joe,
Brown sugar, vanilla, creme brulee, a little spice, what's not to like?
 
Charles
Charles,
A complex and smooth whiskey. A must-try for bourbon lovers.
 
Erik
Erik,
Love this whiskey. Complex range of flavors and a lot of layers.
 
Gerrit
Gerrit,
Love this whisky. I always have one bottle on hand.
 
David
David,
What can I say ... I effen love it!
 
Johan
Johan,
One of the best whiskeys I’ve ever tried. Spicy, full and rich with notes of vanilla with a delightful long finish.
 
Joe
Joe,
Delicious complex taste blending lots of flavors as you sip it. Good intro to Japanese Scotch Whisky
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Has a very smooth beginning and finishes like a scotch, which I am a fan of.
 
guest
guest,
If I could, I would give it a 9.5. This is a solid Whisky. My only complaint is that Nikka has a Coffey Single Malt that is even better for just $5 more....another Whisky I go to on a regular basis. I feel it is a must for any serious Whisky guy’s cabinet. Let it open up for 5-10 minutes and watch your mind get blown.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
This is the best Japanese whisky I've had yet. Smooth, but full. Spicy, syrupy. Real nice.
 
guest
guest,
Sweet and smooth with distinctive coffee tease and and pleasing burn at the end! This is a special and different bourbon to have on your shelf for special occasions.
 
Chris
Chris,
The Flaviar spiral is right on, especially in the early flavors of vanilla followed by pepper. This is a sweet, but not too sweet bourbon drinker’s whiskey.
 
Chris
Chris,
I really like the duality of the spicy pepper and sweet vanilla/caramel. It has the smoothness of a 12+yr.
 
Rafael
Rafael,
Smooth, easy finish
 
Thee
Thee,
just about perfect!
 
Michael
Michael,
Great taste, notes of caramel. Flavor has character; complex and lingers on the tongue. Smells alcoholic, the nose doesn't really give you a sense of the amazing flavor.
 
Matt
Matt,
I purchased this and the Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony to try some good Japanese whiskey and this was easily the better of the two! Great taste and very smooth. Both were smooth but this was better. At virtually the same price (actually slightly cheaper) I’d suggest this bottle!
 
Joe
Joe,
Everyone should have a bottle of this on the top shelf of their liquor cabinet. This stuff is Ahhhhhhhhhmazing
 
Chris
Chris,
Well crafted whiskey, always a good choice
 
Dick
Dick,
Very smooth with great flavor. Just enough bite to make it fun!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Best damn bottle of Japanese whisky ever-hands down.
 
guest
guest,
Easy going, bit spicy. not overwhelming.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Glorious.
 
Jared
Jared,
Also a very easy drinking whisky. Somewhere in between a light and dark whisky.
 
guest
guest,
Great fun. Love the addition of coffee to the flavor profile.
 
Antti
Antti,
is an outstanding, single malt with a birth of corn & herbs, a sweet life of tropical fruit & syrup, while its' death is long & corny. Harmony!
 
guest
guest,
Elegant with an amazing aftertaste. A great introduction to Japanese whiskey!
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Simply outstanding.
 
Ty
Ty,
Japanese take on bourbon. Really great stuff. I haven't had any American bourbons this good.
 
Philip
Philip,
Fabulouslyblended with a smooth finish
 
James
James,
It is smooth but not a repeat but for me. The taste and after taste are not what I am looking for. The smell is more rubbing alchol with a touch of corn than anything else. 4 drops of distilled water smoothed a double shot out to my drinkable standard.
 
Craig
Craig,
Very smooth with good flavor.
 
Amanda
Amanda,
Very smooth, bourbon-like whiskey.
 
David
David,
Loved this Japanese whiskey for the price. Thought is was very smooth and prefer it over Hibiki which was one of my "go-to" bottles.
 
Jon
Jon,
Smooth and flavorful. One my go to drinks
 
John
John,
A little sweet for a "scotch" but interesting and a great value, will always keep in house
 
guest
guest,
Extremely smooth and tasted it next to Yamazaki 18yr at The Society bar in the Park Hotel Tokyo. I actually preferred this over the Yamazaki. While it says coffee, it's not a strong coffee flavor, but very smooth and not punishing.
 
Michael
Michael,
Delicious! Must have.
 
Glenn
Glenn,
Great whiskey at the price point
 
Dean
Dean,
This is a great whiskey. It is on the sweet side, notes of honey or caramel.
 
guest
guest,
Honey. Delicate sweet.
 
Rich
Rich,
Very reminiscent of good bourbon. Flavor Spiral was spot on.
 
Elton
Elton,
Super smooth
 
Mr.
Mr.,
Very flavorful
 
Gary
Gary,
Bold!! Delicious
 
Katy
Katy,
Probably one of the best and most complex whiskies I've had yet. Not for beginners I would say, it is very bold and very unique. I'm torn between sharing it with all my fellow whiskey drinkers and keeping it entirely for myself. If you're an adventurous drinker, I'd highly recommend trying it.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Very pleasant. Good, complex flavors.
 
Chris
Chris,
Worth every penny and then some. Like a cross between highland and a great bourbon: sweet, kind of light in some regards, smooth down the neck, great finish.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Perfection
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Light and sweet. Definitely a new favorite.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
love it!
 
Richard
Richard,
Absolutely amazing
 
Pedro
Pedro,
I loved the flavors and the smoothness of this whiskey!
 
Michael
Michael,
This is a really unique whiskey from Japan. It goes down more like a bourbon than a Japanese whiskey. It hits every bourbon note: vanilla, pepper, spice (cinnamon), caramel, and melon. It also adds some herbal notes which aren't usually found in bourbon: mint, and tea. The finish draws out quite long for a whiskey of this kind.
 
guest
guest,
Very delicious, very special whisky experience from Japan. A real charmer with strong charisma. Sweet in all the right ways, with subtle complexity. A favorite. Looking to try the Coffey Malt.
 
Scott
Scott,
My favorite so far. Very smooth. After a small sampling I immediately bought a bottle of my own.
 
Bill
Bill,
Wifey and I both love this one! Absolute must have for your cabinet.
 
Eric
Eric,
Amaz-a-zing! Complex, no burn. Favorite so far
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Picked up the bottle on a whim and thought it was okay. The taste was not very robust or interesting, I thought it was rather plain. Would not buy again.
 
Ron
Ron,
Wonderful firm yet flavoured whiskey.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Wow...It is like sucking on a butterscotch candy.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Perfect flavor at an amazing price would definitely recommend to anyone who appreciates a fine bourbon
 
Dr.
Dr.,
Amazing
 
Ruchik
Ruchik,
Nice sweet notes. Smooth finish overall.
 
David
David,
One of my favorites, price here is fair if it's your free shipping monthly bottle. You won't find it on a shelf in the us. Master of malt sells it for $57, however shipping to the us is another $50. This dram may be enough to keep me subscribed for a bit.
 
Eric
Eric,
Deliciously different! Warm and smooth.
 
guest
guest,
This was a great find on vacation.
 
Diogenes
Diogenes,
Good stuff. Great balance of sweet, savory, and alcoholic. Fantastic for mixing or sipping on its own.
 
Paul
Paul,
Floral and more nuanced than many other varieties of whiskey. A great slow sipper.
 
guest
guest,
Delicious. A favorite forever.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
A perfect whiskey
 
Tim
Tim,
Unique!
 
guest
guest,
Had a taste of this today after being recommended the range. Really nice distinctive flavours for a young whiskey. Highly recommend.
 
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