Japan’s takeover of the whisky world has been simply spectacular. Their whiskies have soared in price, due to their supreme quality and insane rarity. Sweeping awards and international recognition have stoked feverish collectors. Supply hasn’t kept up and we’ve seen many distilleries calling quits on aged statements – they simply don’t have enough older material in barrel.
Supreme Elegance — Prized for their elegance and detail, Japanese whiskies are finessed and beguiling beauties. Their understated nature makes them a joy to sip slowly, time and consideration help reveal their charms.
For the first time in an age, we are able to offer three new releases in our current Nikka Offer including :
Smooth & Delicate Blended Whisky 40%
Nikka NAS Miyagikyo
Apple Brandy Wood Finish 47%
Nikka NAS Yoichi
Apple Brandy Wood Finish 47%
Note — These are very limited, some extremely rare. If you’d like to order a bottle please send us an email with your wish-list and we’ll be in touch to confirm
Miyagikyo & Yoichi Apple Brandy Wood Finish ~ Extremely rare
These highly limited new releases to commemorate the 100th wedding anniversary of company founder Masataka Taketsuru and his Scottish born wife Rita Cowan. After 1934, when the couple were waiting for their whisky to mature in barrel they started selling apple juice and jam as a side business to make money. Today the apple is an auspicious symbol of the very successful Nikka Japanese whisky company.
Only 42 bottles of each have arrived into Australia. We expect prices to rise rapidly upon release.
Nikka NAS Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Wood Finish 47% SOLD OUT
From the Miyagikyo distillery, in the north of mainland Japan near the city of Sendai. ‘…More vanilla and honeyed aromatics. There’s also a floral, tea-like sensation attached to its creamier mouthfeel.’ Brad Japhe, Forbes.com
Nikka NAS Yoichi Apple Brandy Wood Finish 47% SOLD OUT
This whisky comes from the very northly island of Hokkaido, just outside of Sapporo. ‘…underlying peat elements with a nose of freshly-baked orchard fruit. Smoked pear and candied apple emerge on the palate.’ Brad Japhe, Forbes.com
Nikka Days – Smooth & Delicate Blended Whisky 40%
A lighthearted blend of grain and malt from both Miyagikyo & Yoichi distilleries. More specifically, it’s a blend of Coffey Grain Whisky and aromatic non-peated Miyagikyo malts as well as a touch of Coffee Malt Whiskey and Yoichi malts to enhance the whisky’s bright sweetness and rich body. With pedigree in its veins, this new release doesn’t want to be taken too seriously. It’s bright and vivacious personality can be served however you like – on the rocks, in high balls or blended in your favourite whisky cocktail.
Nikka Single Malt Miyagikyo NAS
(No Age Statement) 45%
This NAS (non-age statement) single malt bottling from the Miyagikyo distillery in the mid-north east of Japan is very complex. Nuts and kelp with some herbaceous lift and treacle like richness. There’s a wealth of sweet spices and black pepper on the finish, definitely one to ponder.
Nikka Single Malt Yoichi NAS 45%
Another NAS single malt, this time from the Yoichi Distillery on the northerly island of Hokkaido, just outside Sapporo. Clean, brisk and nutty flavours sit alongside orange blossom and subtle smokey wafts. An elegant and refined expression.
Nikka From The Barrel 51.4%
Made from blended single malts from both the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries along with a touch of grain whisky, this potent whisky is a hedonist’s dream. Richer vanillin notes sit alongside dried fruits and cereal with a whisper of smoke.
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (Blended) 43% $130
Named after the founder and godfather of Japanese whisky, this blend of Miyagikyo & Yoichi distilleries has an average age of 10 years. Rich and heady orchard fruits with smokey complexity make for a rounded and long finish.
Launched in 2012, the Coffey range offers insight into the whiskies that constitute the base of Nikka’s blends, hence the grain and malt editions.
Nikka Coffey Grain 45%
Whisky writer Dave Broom claims this to be the ‘…gold standard of grain…’ Made mainly from corn using their continuous Scottish-made Coffey stills at Miyagikyo, this is one of the best grain based whiskies in the market. A lighter styled whisky, this has the hallmark characteristics of Japanese whisky – refinement and style.
Nikka Coffey Malt 45%
Made from malt although technically not a single malt (as it is distilled in Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery and not pot stills), this ultra fine whisky offers notes of toffee, shortbread and pain d’épice.
These are very limited, some extremely rare. If you’d like to order a bottle please send us an email with your wish-list and we’ll be in touch to confirm.