Nikka Coffey Grain
Nikka Coffey Grain is a release of grain whisky from Japan’s Nikka, produced mainly from corn using one of their continuous Coffey stills. Rather than the rare and limited releases they have done before, this is a larger release to further show off this key component in the Nikka family of whiskies.
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky is named after the style of still used to create this whiskey and with it’s 95% corn mashbill it could have been labeled as bourbon – if it were distilled in the USA and aged in new charred oak barrels (among other requirements). Distilled at the Miyagikyo distillery, Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky is the grain whisky component in Nikka’s blended whiskies like the Super Nikka, From The Barrel and Tsuru 17.
Using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery, which were imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963, Nikka have produced a number of single cask single grain whiskies from time to time over the years. This, however, is their larger release of wonderfully exotic single grain whisky.
Nose: Bourbon-like vanilla and corn notes with a herbal hint of Chamomile. Sweeter and fruity with oodles of sweet spice, mango, papaya, and orange peel.
Palate: Sweet, fruity flavours of melon, grapefruit and thick syrup, balanced by crunchy biscuits and fresh vanilla.
Finish: The corn notes, sweet and vibrant, last on the finish. Toffee popcorn, with heady citrus and tropical fruit. Quite a mouthful.
Overall: Fans of grain whisky should be pretty happy with this, as well as bourbon lovers. Rich oak and marmalade notes dominate.
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Nikka Coffey Grain
Quote 1 “Nose was rather full mainly with notes of brown sugar and lemon zest also cereal and vanilla. Fumes can be a tad overpowering at first so I’d say let it breathe a moment.
Palate definitely has notes like a bourbon at first, caramel and vanilla. But then to my delight citrus came flying through, giving it a fresh feel.
The finish is quite lean, more notes of brown sugar, toffee and vanilla. It has an easy burn that picks up strength afterwards.
It is a pleasant dram, I like the idea of a bourbon-like whisky that has balancing notes of cereal and that delightful citrus. ”
Quote 2 “Deep and rich nose packed with stone fruits, berries, caramel, and vanilla. Definitely sweet but a presence of grass and soil is noticeable. The taste is delicate, refined, and complex, but the real star of this whisky is the finish! Expect a flavour bomb of vanilla and oak that lasts and lasts like it was shot out of a cannon. It just keeps going. A real hidden gem of a whisky.”
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