Nikka - Miyagikyo - Single Malt - Japan - 45% abv - 50mlRegular price €18.50
Intense fruit aromas characterize the younger malts of the Miyagikyo distillery. Smooth and delicious, light yet intense, this no age statement Single Malt bottling is a fine whisky to enjoy before a meal, and a fine introduction for those new to Japanese whisky.
Miyagikyo distillery, formerly Sendai and Sakunami, was founded in 1969 as Nikka’s second distillery after the celebrated Yoichi on Hokkaido. As with Yoichi thirty-four years earlier, Miyagikyo was the brainchild of the great Masataka Taketsuru. Supposedly he stumbled upon the picturesque location by chance, instantly realising its potential as a prime spot for whisky production.
The distillery has eight pot stills and two pairs of Coffey stills making its capacity more than double that of its more famous elder brother. Award winning in their own right, Miyagikyo’s whiskies are softer than those made at Yoichi making them vital for a number of Nikka products.
Nose: Full-flavoured, rich. Initially, concentrated iris notes hint at the extreme intensity of the nose. It then develops aromas of malted barley, exotic fruit (banana), liquorice and camphor. Notes of burnt wood and ash progressively settle over the aromatic palette. Long after, white flowers and beeswax make an appearance.
Palate: Firm, lively. Malted barley is at the heart of the palate, coated in herbaceous, liquorice, spiced (ginger, cinnamon) and chocolate tones. Very elegant, the mid-palate also delivers plenty of energy and as it draws to a close, fresh tobacco leaves and coconut intertwine to create a natural symphony of aromas.
Finish: Long, soft. It evokes the scent of wilted roses. Fine tannins balance its tangy character (lemon, grapefruit). It lingers on notes of tobacco, spices (cardamom, ginger), toasted nuts and stewed fruits (apple, damson). The final nose reveals exotic notes (lychee).
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