An essential component of the house blends, the NIKKA COFFEY GRAIN is an original single grain whisky, distilled mainly from corn in a Coffey still. The Nikka Coffey Grain is even more unique in that it is based on corn, as was traditionally the case, while most modern grain whiskies rely on wheat. The corn imparts the whisky with a round and generous texture, and intense aromatics. The Coffey still is named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey.
In 1830, the French-born Irishman perfects this technique, which would become widely adopted by the Scots for the production of blends, allowing them to surpass Ireland as a whisky producing nation.The distillation process is continuous, whereas the pot stills which are used in single malt production require two separate distillations. Nikka runs two Coffey stills within the Miyagikyo distillery for the elaboration of its grain whiskies. Imported from Scotland in 1963, these old stills yield a very round distillate, with a distinct character that defines Nikka's signature blends.
Colour: Nice golden hue.
Nose: Fresh and enticing, it reveals ripe pear, cherry and exotic fruit aromas. Citrus notes of blood orange and lemon appear, slowly giving way to more subtle floral scents. With air, aromas of pastry, coconut and bourbon vanilla emerge, with underlying notes of mint and a hint of musk.
Palate: Juicy and pleasant, the promises of the nose are kept. Intense ripe fruit with rum accents(banana) and caramel. The complexity develops with hints of liquorice and star anise. The mid-palate shows more fruit, dominated by pear nectar and quickly moving on to creamier notes with an omnipresent freshness.Finish: just as pleasant as on the palate with pear and vanilla bourbon, ending on a very nice light bitter touch