Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt
Nikka // Japan
It was inevitable that shortages of mature stock would lead to new releases sans the age statement, like this one from Nikka Whisky Distilling Company in Japan. Miyagikyo Single Malt was launched Stateside in September 2016 along with Yoichi Single Malt, made at Nikka's other distillery. Miyagikyo Distillery is located in the Miyagi Prefecture, northeast of Honshu, where the fresh waters of the Nikkawa and Hirose rivers meet. Mostly unpeated barley is used at the distillery, though this single malt contains a portion of slightly peated malt. Casks of sherry, new American oak, ex-bourbon oak, and others were utilized for maturation. It's bottled at 45% ABV.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typesherry, new American oak, ex-bourbon oak, and others
"A perfect introduction to Japanese whisky: a rather light body but still a whole bouquet of delicious flavours. This Nikka expression boasts an elegant fruitiness, some nutty/sherried notes and a soft smokiness in the background. Definitely one of the best "value for money" Japanese whiskies on the market today."