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Bought this bottle at Narita International Airport during the trip in Japan. Nikka Coffey Grain is a single grain distilled in Coffey stills and mainly made of corn. This bottle has been opened for 9 months.
Nose: Vanilla, dried herbs, toffee, banana and cream.
Palate: Soft with moderate sweetness, clearly a corn whisky. Milk chocolate, pudding, cereal, apple, honey, and more vanilla.
Finish: Short and plain, a bit dry. Caramel, green vegetable and oak.
Balance: As expected, this corn-driven whisky is soft, sweet, smooth and no flaws like most classic Japanese whiskies, but lacking some kick and backbone on the other hand.
Overall: Despite being the shadow of most cheap Nikka blends, this single grain shows some interesting character, but nothing special in the flavor profiles. It really struggles to beat malts, maturation for a few more years or try different types of casks may help. Would it be possible for Nikka to make a rye whisky next?