Along with the Yoichi Bourbon Wood Finish, Nikka also launched this Miyakikyo, which matured on bourbon casks as well. Soft, sweet and ‘green’ on the nose. Think young twigs and buttercups. Some red fruit underneath. Pistacio. Quince. Lots of sweet butter. Hint of eucalyptus. Hardly any spices, bar some curcuma. But you have to work for it. This nose is fairly closed, but hand warmth helps. Oh, on the palate, this is much better. Much more outspoken. Red fruit and woodsmoke come first, followed by mint, lime juice, pepper, licquorice and a touch of oak. Some oriental spices. Very nice! The finish is medium long. Just a tad better than the bourbon matured Yoichi (but I do not score with half point), but unfortunately equally expensive. Around 180 to 200 EUR. That’s over the top. But what a lovely Japanese whisky.