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 flavours and aromas.
The newer, more widely used, types of continuous stills stripped the spirit of too much flavour. 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 - Coffey still is named after Aeneas Coffey (1780–1852), an Irish inventor and distiller.
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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Nikka Coffey Grain
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.