When Nikka launched its Yoichi NAS on sherry wood, the same happened with sister distillery Miyagikyo. This whisky received a long finish on sherry casks and has a stunning color. Dark & sweet, creamy like butterscotch and plums, espresso with milk foam and chocolate shavings, strawberry on steroids and camphor. Some menthol. Mildly burnt caramel. Hazelnuts. A candle on the window sill. Marmalade of forest fruit. Woodsmoke. Hint of rubber in the background Leather. Complex! I am a fan! Nicely oily, almost creamy on the palate. Red fruit arrives first (red berries and strawberries), followed by leather, woodsmoke and a good dose of sugar. Leather and moss creep in, but pear drops and cassis keep it nicely sweet. Cloves and saffron, more woodsmoke and licorice give it depth. This is truly flabbergasting. The finish reminds me of the better Italian coffee with a good dose of pear drops in it. Strange combination if you read it like this, but trust me – it is very good. Absolute top dram! Priced around 180 to 200 EUR like its bourbon brother which is actually too much for what you get, but having said that, you do get a real Japanese whisky from the top shelf! And if you are in doubt between the Yoichi and this Miyagikyo, go for the latter. It’s the best of all four.