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Nikka has entered the market with NAS bottlings from their two whisky distilleries. This is part one covering Miyagikyo. Sold in a 500ml bottle and a very cheap ¥1600 this just maybe the world’s cheapest single malt. The bottling is classic Japanese with white labels with black printed Kanji and Katakana, the edge of the substrate looks torn and homely. Placed on a shelf next to Suntory’s NAS expressions these bottles way under sell just on price. But how about on nosing and taste? Let’s find out. Nose: fruits, malt, rosemary, floral, tobacco
Taste: malt, liquorice, green grapes, crème brulee, marzipan
Finish: apples, pear, malt, saltiness, sherbet, orange peel
A malty green fruit bowl. The Japanese “malt monster”. This is all about the malt. I just repeated myself three times: malt. Thick and chewy and an easy sipper, while somewhat sweet. Sherry cask is used in aging, I am unsure for what length of time.
This is seriously good value for the price.