Sunday, August 15, 2010

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky - no age

Review by Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic:

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky no age statement. 43 per cent alcohol.
Nose: Pear, lemon, liquorice, oak, Juicy Fruit chewing gum, Straw, fresh strawberries and cream and fresh herbs.
Palate: Stewed pears, oak, liquorice, a bit dry and dusty with some pepper and nutmeg spice.
Finish: Medium length, straw, pears, liquorice. Drying.
General comment: This is a solid, easy to drink grain whisky. The nose is the highlight.

Nonjatta note: Because there is no age statement on this whisky, it is difficult to tell whether it was distilled at Nishinomiya, where Nikka previously had their coffey still, or at Miyagikyou, where it is now installed. The still moved in 1998/9. If any readers can clear this up, it would be appreciated.


chris said...

That looks like an older bottle. The current ones have an age statement of 12 years - not sure if that makes any difference?

Nonjatta said...

Are you talking about this type of bottle?

chris said...

The picture in this recent post looks like it is the smaller 180ml bottle. I was referring to the same sized 180ml bottle, but with a newer label and has a 12 year age statement. I will take a picture of it later and upload it for you.

chris said...

Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture. I believe it is the newer bottle for the former key malt series. Woody and Mellow

Nonjatta said...

Yes, I think this whisky is actually a bottling which Nonjatta mentions here:

If it Ok, I will post the link to that comments thread too.

chris said...

Here is higher resolution picture of a couple of the key malt bottles, including the Coffey Grain.

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