Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

Nikka

Coffey Grain Whisky

(0.75l, 45%)


8.5/10
Price:
$65.99
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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.


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  • Style
    Grain Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    45%
  • Distillery
  • Bottler
    Nikka distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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fresh vanilla
pepper
burnt caramel
syrup
malted barley
oak
sweet
demerara sugar
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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Japan is the second biggest producer of single malt Whisky in the world. Much to general surprise.

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
anonymous
anonymous,
Sweet and smooth with distinctive coffee tease and and pleasing burn at the end!
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!
Monica
Monica,
Everyone should have a bottle of this on the top shelf of their liquor cabinet. This stuff is Ahhhhhhhhhmazing
Akbar
Akbar,
Very smooth, slightly spicy with a hint of coffee!
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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!
anonymous
anonymous,
Elegant with an amazing aftertaste. A great introduction to Japanese whiskey!
Tom
Tom,
not nearly as much smoke or peat as the pure malt. very smooth and sweet. definitely a repeat purchase for me
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
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Delicious. A favorite forever.
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
A perfect whiskey
Tim
Tim,
Unique!
anonymous
anonymous,
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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