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Nikka From The Barrel Japanese Whisky

The history and evolution of the Japanese Whisky scene can be traced back to one man, Masataka Taketsuru; a man known as the 'father of Japanese whisky'. Taketsuru not only left Japan to learn the craft from the experts in Scotland, he also crafted Japan's first whisky at the Yamazaki distillery before establishing the premium whisky house of Nikka in 1934. This unique bottling of 'From the Barrel' is a breathtaking blend of malt and grain whiskies that are hand selected, blended together and then reintroduced to cask upon their marriage. The result is a blend that possesses a distinctive personality characterised by solidity, depth of taste and a richly expanding aroma.

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky

Made from the blending of malts from the two distilleries of Yoichi and Miyagikyo, this whisky was the pride and joy of its creator Masataka Taketsuru, founder of Nikka and the father of Japanese Whisky. Light golden honey in colour with candied nuts, walnuts and hazelnuts on the nose as well as delicate and gentle smoke coming through with hay. Forward and straight pallet with juicy mouth feel, yet retaining a very gentle and sophisticated heat. Sweet apricots and peach dominate at first, leading to vanilla and subtle hints of ripe grape. Complex and long on the finish with lingering taste of dry herbs, leather and sweet pastry.

Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Japanese Whisky

Yoichi Single Malt is described as bold and strong. Pleasant peaty notes and smokiness originate from traditional direct coal-fired distillation accented with a briny hint delivered by the sea breeze during the ageing process.

Nikka Miyagikyo Japanese Whisky

Miyagikyo Single Malt is described as soft and fruity. Using less peaty malt, this whisky is distilled in a pot still heated by indirect steam at a low temperature. Miyagikyo Single Malt has an elegant fruitiness and a distinctive aroma with a strong Sherry cask influence.

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

The Nikka Coffey Malt is the result of a unique distillation process in Coffey type column stills, which are normally used for grain whisky production.As such, this unique 100% Coffey malt is categorized as a grain whisky, and offers a surprisingly rich texture with deep oaky notes.

Nikka Coffey Single Malt Whisky

Nikka Single Malt Miyagikyo Grande Limited Edition

Miyagikyo Single Malt is a range of single malt expressions from theMiyagikyo Distillery, Nikka's second distillery built in 1969. The founder Masataka Taketsuru chose the region of Miyagi at the confluence of the Nikkawa & Hiroserivers located between villages of Sakunami & Kumagane for their renown fresh waters. Originally known as the Sendai Distillery, it was renamed Miyagikyo by the Asahi group in 2001. This no-age-statement Limited Edition version was released in 2022 that truly captures the authentic style of Miyagikyo malts, when all age-statements were discontinued. Vatting various different malt whiskies together, this bottling expresses a delicate balance betweensherry & wooded aromas. Nose:Noticeably sweet with more dark stone fruits - cranberries, cherries, raisins & prunes. Fresh, clean & bright. Very fruit-driven with pepper. Palate:Spiced or mulled wine, more dark stone fruits, cinnamon & anise. Full-bodied withespresso, milk chocolates and vanilla oats. Dried raisins and prunes,concentrated saccharine notes with dried herbs. Finish:Olive brine closing out with a splendid, spicy, medium length finish. The same mulled wine and dried herbs carries through to the finish. Some oaky notes come through at the last minute, with a slight astringency.

Nikka Single Malt Yoichi Grande Limited Edition

Yoichi Single Malt is a range of single malt expressions from the Yoichi Distillery, Nikka's first distillery built in 1934. The founder Masataka Taketsuru chose the town of Yoichi in Hokkaido because of the similar environmental conditions to Scotland, where he learned whisky-making. This no-age-statement Limited Edition version was released in 2022 that truly captures the authentic style of Yoichi malts, when all age-statements were discontinued. Vatting various different malt whiskies together, this bottling expresses a delicate balance between peaty, smoky and fruity aromas. Nose:Fresh, vibrant, quite aromatic, soft. Peaty with notes ofhoney drops.Smoked black tea leaves. Palate:Warmand punchy initially, yet it calms down quite quickly to reveal a more sooty side of peat to reveal mint, wheatgrass, celery, chocolate malt. Finish:Short, clean, a more woody astringency appears, along with an abundance of mint and parsleywith subtle smokiness.

Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt Japanese Whisky

"One for no age statement naysayers... Eloquent & beautiful." - whiskyadvocate.com Back in 2015, Nikka announced they were discontinuing their age statement and No Age Statement (NAS) releases for the Yoichi and Miyagikyo labels and consolidating them into two new bottlings. These whiskies have now arrived in Australia. Two NAS versions that differ slightly to the previous versions now represent the entire portfolio. It was yet another move that triggered a buying rush. Reports have it that Tokyo is now pretty much out of age statement Japanese whiskies, unless you visit bars or auction houses. Nikka's reasons for the radical new strategy are now familiar. They simply have no old stocks to sell. Decades ago, both local and world demand for Japanese malts was low, so few barrels were being laid down for extended periods. Stefan Van Eycken, writing for www.nonjatta.com explains "...there were years, at both Yoichi and Miyagikyo distillery, when the barrels laid down for maturation could be counted on the fingers of one hand. The ‘stock shortage’ is not an excuse or a PR stunt – it’s very real. Sources within Nikka have said that it is ‘likely’ that age-statement single malts will be brought back in 5 or 6 years’ time. No official statement to that effect has been made for the simple reason that doing so – in Japan – would be interpreted as a promise (which could come back to haunt them in 6 years’ time)." The dropping of age statements doesn't always translate into a drop in quality. Early reviews for both releases have been very positive. Evidently, Chief blender Tadashi Sakuma has risen to the challenge of creating a great assemblage from a restricted inventory.

Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whisky

The Coffey Still is the worlds first patented continuous still invented by Mr. Aeneas Coffey in 1830. Masataka Taketsuru valued the feature of this type of still, which retains the flavours of ingredients and also creates a distinctive texture. Complex, sweet and mellow flavours in Nikka Coffey invites you back to beauties of grain whisky.