Nikka Coffey Malt
Nikka // Japan
Nikka follows up their Coffey Single Grain whisky with their Coffey Malt whisky. Both were distilled in Coffey stills at their Miyagikyo distillery. In this case, however, the mashbill is 100% malt, though even with the whisky distilled at one distillery, it is technically not a single malt. That category must be distilled in pot-stills. This product was released in 2014 in European markets and as of May of 2016 is now available in the US.
Single GrainDistilled from a grain or mixture of grains, usually corn, wheat, or barley from one distillery, if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in barrels.
"The nose has darker aromas like pecan shells and a touch of char smoke. The palate is full of American whiskey flavors like vanilla, coconut, and maple, but the malt gives the whisky a balance that allows the whisky to not be oily and overly sweet. What also ties the room together is the spicy quality from the barrels that break up all of the sweet notes."