Nikka Miyagikyo 12 Year Single Malt
Nikka // Japan
The Miyagikyo distillery was built in 1969 as a counterpart to the Yoichi distillery. Miyagikyo produces, in general, more fruity and delicate malts in comparison to Yoichi where peaty, oily malt whiskies are king. The pot stills here are heated with steam rather than direct fire coal. As with all of Nikka's whiskies, balance and complexity are sought in the production.
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.
"There is a quiet nature about this whisky. Afternoon tea time comes to mind with vanilla sweet cakes and honeyed tea. The cereal notes are mild yet pleasant with the finish dry and wood spice filled."