Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky
Whisky Bible 2018: Japanese Whisky of the Year

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 45%)


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The best of both worlds.
 
Nikka is the synonym of Japanese Whisky craftsmanship and culture. It was founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese Whisky. A true visionary and the pioneer of Whisky industry in Japan. He learned his trade in Scotland and brought it to Japan. Worlds apart? 
 
The company has two working distilleries – Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The latter was founded in 1969, thirty years after Yoichi. Taketsuru supposedly stumbled upon the picturesque location by chance, instantly realizing its potential as a prime spot for Whisky production. Good thing he did too, since the softer nature of the Miyagikyo’s Whiskies complements the big, smoky Spirits of Yoichi beautifully. Elegant, yet robust.
 
The high humidity and purity of air at Miyagiko is almost the same as in Cairngorms region in the heart of Scotland. Only the cherry trees are a reminder that the location is in the heart of Japan and not the Highlands. The distillery - one of the most up-to-date facilities in Japan - is using two old coffey stills which date back to the 19th century. Modern, yet traditional. 
 
And it’s exactly these coffey stills in Miyagikyo that make Nikka Whisky Coffey Malt special. While most distilleries use their coffey stills only to make grain Whisky, in this case, Nikka uses them to create 100% malt Whisky, which is usually produced in copper pot stills. And that’s what makes this Whisky wonderfully unique. Delicate, yet spicy. 
 
You see, they do things a bit differently at Nikka. In keeping with tradition and breaking with it at the same time. Nikka is all about contrasts and contradictions. The best of both worlds.  Taketsuru may be gone, but his Spirit remains.
 
We saved the best for the end... Hear this, Nikka Coffey was named "Japanese Whisky of the Year" by Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018!

Kanpai!
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Miyagiko
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    45%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

Close
lingering sweet
banana
nutmeg
oak
milk chocolate
vanilla
smoky
slightly spicy
cherry
What does Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky taste like?

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

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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
Dark amber.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Banana, Oak, Oatmeal.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla, Chocolate, Nutmeg.
 
Finish
Creamy and lingering. Sweet and Malty.
Ratings & Reviews
Jamie
Jamie,
One of my favorites. Good with a single small ice cube to open it up.
 
Nick
Nick,
Very easy to drink! I’ll be buying another bottle!
 
Tom
Tom,
Lighter than expected. Smokey and sweet. Enjoyed sipping.
 
Shannon
Shannon,
Nose is sweet cherry. Followed by a strong taste of oak and vanilla. Creamy and smoky finish, which lingers pleasantly.
 
Michael
Michael,
Wow-smooth and really goes down well. i am a fan
 
David
David,
So well balanced.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
I’m strictly a bourbon drinker, but the flavors from this whisky are phenomenal and avoid the heavy smoke taste that I try to avoid in my spirits.
 
Brian
Brian,
Starting to really appreciate Japanese Whiskeys! This one is very smooth and a good price point for what you get.
 
William
William,
Hands down my favorite Japanese whiskey
 
Scott
Scott,
Close to perfect. Heck, maybe it is. Super smooth.
 
Ivan
Ivan,
I drink it neat sometimes and sometimes with one cube of ice. Depends on my mood. The ice adds to it's smoothness and brings out the malt and caramel notes. Without the ice the alcohol is more pronounced, but it still smooth. Always sad when I run out.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
nose: "vanilla, honeydew, oak, floral perfume, water adds a lot more bourbon notes, orange peel" palate: thick and oily, cereal, a little spice, vanilla finish: really thick/fat/creamy, vanilla ice cream, toffee fudge, rye and sweet corn, a little honeydew, medium finish; holds up to water well, brings out more fruit, less creamy overall: very sweet and good on its own. holds water extremely well. lots of reviews said its perfect for cocktails and can see why. a nice surprise
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a good, intense, Japanese Malt Whisky with a long, sweet & creamy death.
 
Robenson
Robenson,
So out of the three nikkas that i have had i would say this is the most dissapointing, but that being said its an amazing whiskey still. sweet with a caramel finish. good for mixed drinks.
 
Mario
Mario,
I didn't know what to expect from this outside the box whiskey. I was pleased with the results. Smooth and such great nuance. Vanilla, caramel, slightly sweet...very nice!
 
Joe
Joe,
Sweet and caramely. Reminds me of the butterscotch candies grandma used to give me.
 
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