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.
Coffey still is named after Aeneas Coffey (1780–1852), an Irish inventor and distiller.
I enjoy this whiskey I initially got some dry fruit notes and so chocolate. Smooth going down with a slight kick on the back end.
As the description implies, this one is no slouch in flavor. Many Japanese whiskies I've had are more on the delicate side, whereas this one is very forthright in its aroma and taste. It still very much has the familiar peppery flavor that grain whiskey is known for, but the flavor is a wild ride of complexity. Very enjoyable.
Smooth and great complex flavors
It has a good smooth taste but it also has a bite that doesn’t linger with a nice after taste.
Nose: sweetness, grain and cinnamon
Taste: sweet and smooth, some baking spices and vanilla as well
Has that smooth craftsmanship you can taste. I've come to expect that from Japanese whiskey, and this is no exception. Definitely a good buy.
Has that smooth craftsmanship you can taste. Typical of Japanese whiskey, and this is a good one.
Definitely a sweet one but I enjoyed it.
Not bad but didn't blow me away.
One of my favorites, great price/quality ratio for any occasion.
Like a lot
More than pleasantly surprised
this is simply fantastic full body so good will be ordering it on the regular as long as its available. it lives up to the hype
Excellent from beginning to the end. Full of flavor all a long the way. Go get a bottle now!!!
Wow! That's pretty F'ing good. My first Japanese Whisky. I really like
I loved this whisky, it was very good, really excellent.
Tried drinking this right after Rabbit Hole Bourbon and the sweetness just exploded in my mouth. Was a fantastically unique experience. Love this Whiskey!!!
Wasn’t as good as I thought it would be based on the hype and reviews, but still a very good drinkable whiskey. I may be bias to scotch, but this one just didn’t have a lot of depth to it. I got the vanilla and the spice/ pepper and a hint of Carmel but that was it. Nothing to exciting for me.
Honestly don’t get it. Syrupy thick mouth feel, with a sweet that turns into pepper. Meh. Not a fan.
Very mild but delicious.
My first Japanese grain whiskey. I can see this replacing some of my other bottles. The vanilla and sweet fruit were balanced by the spice from the grain. Pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every drop.
Excellent tasting whiskey. First taste of Japanese whiskey did not disappoint. Worth every penny.
sweet, mellow, yet complex and perfect for colder weather
There is a reason it is an award winner. Smooth and flavorful.
Smooth with nice long finish. No smoke.
Smooth and interesting, however, the flavor and after taste (strong sweet vanilla) was not to my liking.
my favorite from Japan
Very smooth! This was my first Japanese whiskey. This will be a regular in my collection.
Coffee taste is subtle, it doesn't hit you over the head.
Such a nice smooth whiskey. A little sweet
Beautifully balanced smells of vanilla, herbal flowers and a dash of spices,
Sweet taste from the corn together with caramel, light citrus, other fruits and a big vanilla,
A wonderfully long finish with fresh taste of corn that leaves you wanting to take another mouthful,
For me, this has always been a hard whiskey to explain. I haven’t come across anything quite like this one. I recall the first time I tasted this one; I was in Savannah GA and had to be talked into trying it by the bartender. Thankfully, he was persuasive!
The nose is fruity with notes of vanilla the flavor can best be described as soft and elegant with bright fruits and a tinge of chocolate; not syrupy and heavy in any way. The finish is also noticeably short. I've heard other people say things like it isn't “complex” – sometimes simple is preferred! With a cube or two, this is one of the few Whiskeys that I could drink on a hot summers day.
This drink is smooth and I would def buy this again!
Mild smell of vanilla and coffee, smooth aftertaste, lingers in the mouth and gives a mouth watering feeling. Like it!
Nectar of the East.
Good whiskey, good subtle flavors
Great on the rocks or neat
I love this whisky. As far as Japanese varieties go, I think this is the best available. Nikka makes other really great products, but this Coffey Grain is really something.
Nothing particularly unexpected for whiskey, subtle flavors and smooth with ice.
The quintessential bourbon. Everything is like a variant of this. By far the smoothest liquor I have ever had.
Great, smooth with ice... disappears fast though.
Excellent, so smooth.
Absolutely delicious whisky
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!
Just exquisite. I had this paired with a caramel creme brûlée and I was thoroughly impressed.
A wonderful and simple expression. Perfect amount of sweet and a clean finish. Highly reccomended
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.
Very smooth, slightly spicy with a hint of coffee!
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.
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.
not nearly as much smoke or peat as the pure malt. very smooth and sweet. definitely a repeat purchase for me
Vanilla stuck out to me, very smooth, now I want to try the Coffey Malt!
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.
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.
Delicious with a smooth finish.
Pretty sweet but something you can still drink two ounces of without getting sick of it.
Brown sugar, vanilla, creme brulee, a little spice, what's not to like?
A complex and smooth whiskey. A must-try for bourbon lovers.
Love this whiskey. Complex range of flavors and a lot of layers.
Love this whisky. I always have one bottle on hand.
What can I say ... I effen love it!
One of the best whiskeys I’ve ever tried. Spicy, full and rich with notes of vanilla with a delightful long finish.
Delicious complex taste blending lots of flavors as you sip it. Good intro to Japanese Scotch Whisky
Has a very smooth beginning and finishes like a scotch, which I am a fan of.
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.
This is the best Japanese whisky I've had yet. Smooth, but full. Spicy, syrupy. Real nice.
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.
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.
I really like the duality of the spicy pepper and sweet vanilla/caramel. It has the smoothness of a 12+yr.
Smooth, easy finish
just about perfect!
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.
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!
Everyone should have a bottle of this on the top shelf of their liquor cabinet. This stuff is Ahhhhhhhhhmazing
Well crafted whiskey, always a good choice
Very smooth with great flavor. Just enough bite to make it fun!
Best damn bottle of Japanese whisky ever-hands down.
Easy going, bit spicy. not overwhelming.
Also a very easy drinking whisky. Somewhere in between a light and dark whisky.
Great fun. Love the addition of coffee to the flavor profile.
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!
Elegant with an amazing aftertaste. A great introduction to Japanese whiskey!
Japanese take on bourbon. Really great stuff. I haven't had any American bourbons this good.
Fabulouslyblended with a smooth finish
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.
Very smooth with good flavor.
Very smooth, bourbon-like whiskey.
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.
Smooth and flavorful. One my go to drinks
A little sweet for a "scotch" but interesting and a great value, will always keep in house
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.
Delicious! Must have.
Great whiskey at the price point
This is a great whiskey. It is on the sweet side, notes of honey or caramel.
Honey. Delicate sweet.
Very reminiscent of good bourbon. Flavor Spiral was spot on.
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.
Very pleasant. Good, complex flavors.
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.
Light and sweet. Definitely a new favorite.
I loved the flavors and the smoothness of this whiskey!
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.
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.
My favorite so far. Very smooth. After a small sampling I immediately bought a bottle of my own.
Wifey and I both love this one! Absolute must have for your cabinet.
Amaz-a-zing! Complex, no burn. Favorite so far
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.
Wonderful firm yet flavoured whiskey.
Wow...It is like sucking on a butterscotch candy.
Perfect flavor at an amazing price would definitely recommend to anyone who appreciates a fine bourbon
Nice sweet notes. Smooth finish overall.
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.
Deliciously different! Warm and smooth.
This was a great find on vacation.
Good stuff. Great balance of sweet, savory, and alcoholic. Fantastic for mixing or sipping on its own.
Floral and more nuanced than many other varieties of whiskey. A great slow sipper.
Delicious. A favorite forever.
A perfect whiskey
Had a taste of this today after being recommended the range. Really nice distinctive flavours for a young whiskey. Highly recommend.