Nikka Coffey Malt
Nikka Whisky is most certainly a household name for whisky lovers these days, particularly following the unprecedented growth in demand for Japanese whiskies. Japanese whiskies have become a little harder to come by, especially single malts with an age statement—as the demand for Japanese whisky soared, it began to disappear off of shelves faster than what was still in barrel was reaching maturity. While the Nikka Coffey Malt has no age statement, it is an excellent whisky with a unique twist—it’s a single malt whisky, distilled at Miyagikyo Distillery using a Coffey still—generally used for the distillation of grain whisky and bourbon whiskey. A Coffey still is a variation on a column still or continuous still that offers a higher yield of alcohol and a lighter spirit. As for the Nikka Coffey Malt, the whisky is classically delicate and fresh with prominent vanilla, coconut and biscuit notes, giving up some underlying juicy tones and a lightly floral top note. On the Carwyn Cellars ‘Time of Day to Drink the Dram’ scale, we’re looking at a early daytime whisky, perhaps as a pre-lunch aperitif or a substitute for the milk in your morning tea. But as you already know, we aren’t here to tell you what to do.