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These notes are based on a generous pour of Nikka, courtesy of my uncle. I didn't plan on reviewing it, but the Coffey Grain surprised me so much I ended up writing one anyway.
Nose: Sweet, citrus notes, towards grated orange rinds. There is an overall solid fruitiness to this whisky, complemented by spices. The nose has a character reminiscent of a quality bourbon, with pleasant vanilla and oak notes.
Palate: Quite a bit of sweetness from the corn. I also found a lot of barley on my palate, which was a pleasant surprise. The spicy notes had me thinking of a rye whiskey as well, with cinnamon and warming pepper. Curiously enough, I got a tiny initial hint of salt, but it passed rather quickly.
Finish: The finish was the least interesting part of this dram, not quite living up to the nose and palate. Spicy heat from cinnamon and pepper, with a good amount of sweetness and some caramel. The finish is reasonably long, but turned a bit sour towards the end.
Comment: I found this whisky to be very enjoyable, and I'll make sure to have a bottle in my cabinet.