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Nikka Coffey Grain

Kagemusha

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@mystycreekReview by @mystycreek

8th Dec 2016

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  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    20
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
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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?

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2 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@mystycreek, thanks for your review. I've had Nikka Coffey Single Grain whisky from different bottles at different times with different results. Some have been merely OK, in keeping with your experience as described in this review. At other times I have found the Nikka Coffey Single Grain whisky to be outstanding in its vividness and deliciousness. I'd want to sample from the batch being sold before considering buying a bottle.

5 years ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc commented

Nice review @mystycreek. Been wanting to pick up a bottle of Nikka Coffey Grain for a while, might just do that this weekend.

5 years ago 0

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