Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Interestingly, the new Coffey Malt will only be available in Europe. This may ring a bell or two... In September 2012, Nikka launched a standard Coffey Grain expression in Europe which came in 500ml bottles. In June 2013, they also started selling this expression in Japan, albeit in 700ml bottles. The new Coffey Malt for Europe will be in 700ml bottles, and for the Coffey Grain they are also switching to that size in Europe, so basically, everything will be 700ml from January of next year. Both expressions are bottled at 45% and both will be priced at around 53 euro.
This is exciting news and further proof that Nikka is taking its presence in markets abroad (Europe and the US, in particular) very seriously. Sales abroad have been up 160% this year compared with last year (i.e. 2012). Fans here at home are no doubt hoping the same pattern (an initial release in Europe, followed by a roll-out in the domestic market) will be followed with the Coffey Malt.