While most distilleries use their Coffey stills only to make grain whisky, Nikka use the two Coffey stills at their Miyagikyo distillery to create malt whisky too. The Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky was introduced to their selection of expressions in 2014. Plenty rich and flavoursome, it’s a wonderful addition to Nikka’s fantastic range.
This rare 100% malt bottling offers a surprisingly rich texture with deep oaky notes.
Nose: Lively and tart, zesty! Fresh and citrusy all the way. An ode to lemon, which the sweet williams pear barely manages to temper. Fine peppery notes and a hint of balsamic vinegar blend together, with softer vanilla scents finding their way in. Cafe au lait.
Palate: Like the nose, its vivacity is sustained by citrus aromatics (clementine and orange) which come challenge more enticing notes of coffee, praline, baba au rhum and vanilla cream. Surprisingly prune, mirabelle and greengage aromas develop, leaving one with the false impression of an eau-de-vie.
Finish: Extends without batting an eye lid on prune and mirabelle notes. Licorice makes a brief appearance before the fruit takes the centre stage.