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

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

(0.7l, 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

Flavor Spiral™

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milk chocolate
vanilla
banana
oatmeal
malt
nutmeg
oak
lingering sweet
smoky
What does Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors 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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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.

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Ratings & Reviews
Roger
Roger,
Very enjoyable, pronounced milk chocolate and vanilla notes and an oak finish. Would definitely recommend.
 
Chris
Chris,
The smell reminds is very malty with some notes of vanilla. Just on smell alone, I probably wouldn’t give it much thought- but the taste is unreal. A very smooth vanilla with accents of chocolate at first that develops into a malt and oat finish with a medium burn. Perfect sipping whisky and one of the best Japanese offerings I have ever tried.
 
Ed
Ed,
Smooth sipping whiskey, with a hint of chocolate that cuts out any burn... Very good Whiskey, but a bit pricey I would recommend it to anyone who has a little extra pocket change
 
Warren
Warren,
Absolutely over 2 cubes of ice!
 
Tzvetomir
Tzvetomir,
Maybe the best whiskey I had so far. Fruity, vanilla, caramel.
 
Gunner
Gunner,
Purd good
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Exceptional.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Wow, what a great taste! The smell didn't really do much for me, but it did smell clean. But this whisky is smooth and has a great taste. It almost had a toffee taste to me, but maybe that's a combination of the milk chocolate, vanilla, and malt.
 
Nick
Nick,
Definitely get the milk chocolate immediately on the pallet. Great easy sipping whiskey when you’re not in the mood for a bourbon. Would definitely buy in a full bottle
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Really good. The milk chocolate up front is delicious.
 
Marques
Marques,
My first foray into Japanese whisky, and boy what a good first step it was. Sweet vanilla mixed with a smooth maltyness. I also recently bought this for a friend of mine who just turned 21 and his dad gave it a big thumbs up.
 
guest
guest,
Too much malt for my taste, but smooth.
 
Josh
Josh,
Smooth malty flavor with excellent mouth feel. One of my first Japanese Whiskeys and a fine pour.
 
Michael
Michael,
Loved it, have already purchased another bottle, one of my favorites!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Smooth, sweet vanilla and caramel.
 
James
James,
This is a great sipping Whisky. I am particular to vanilla and that is likely why I enjoy this so much. This is going to be a regular for me. It's a great bottle to share with those new to Whiskey or not particularly suited for the bolder offerings.
 
Mika
Mika,
Smell is not that assuring but overall experience is very good.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Delicious and smooth. I tasted lots of caramel and a hint of peach.
 
Levi
Levi,
I love the vanilla forward taste.
 
Sam
Sam,
One of my favorites!
 
Marko
Marko,
Very unique. Smell is not the best I have tasted, but finish is surprising. A must have definitely...
 
David
David,
The nose has a sweet smokey tang to it with oak coming through, Clear vanilla and chocolate flavor, Stays in the mouth with sweet malty sensation and some light spices, Absolutely beautiful,
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Sweet but not cloying, easy-going but not simple. Chocolate-y, vanilla-y, woody tannins to cut the sweetness. Well worth the price.
 
James
James,
Smooth but not too sweet. Very flavorful and great own it's own. Definitely in the top 3 of whisky I've tried so far.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Super smooth
 
Art
Art,
Very Smooth, I loved this on a big ice cube. Glad this is easier to find than others from Japan as this has become one of my favorites.
 
Richard
Richard,
Smooth, a little sweet, good with any type of food, cigar or on its own...neat of course!
 
Brian
Brian,
One of my favorites
 
Dallas
Dallas,
Smokey with a hint of coffee flavors. It’s not an everyday drink for me, I have to be in the mood for it. When I am in the mood, love it till the last drop.
 
Brandee
Brandee,
Light, smooth.
 
Harri
Harri,
Perfect
 
Martin
Martin,
Tastes like bad medicine
 
Nick
Nick,
Good whiskey. I had it served on the rocks.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Love it
 
Christos
Christos,
One of the best whiskies in my opinion
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Delicious
 
Sergiy
Sergiy,
Soft, slightly on the sweet side. Very smooth.
 
Ben
Ben,
Excellent
 
Martin
Martin,
Soft opening aroma with hints of malt/oak. A smooth opening with the vanilla malted barley flavor. Very small hint of lemon with a short ending. I let it sit and warmed the glass in my hand. An easy drinking whisky with very little bite.
 
Tobin
Tobin,
Stunning whiskey!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Really great well rounded with some extra kick.
 
guest
guest,
Yummmm....so easy to drink. Let it breathe or the finish will make you pay. Most Japanese Whisky needs a hint of water to really open up...I use a spherical ice cube, they melt slow and look fun in the glass. Enjoy!
 
Raoul
Raoul,
In fact, a reasonably good whisky. Good nose, nice taste, but a sharp aftertaste spoils it all.
 
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