Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
Aroma: Bourbon-like vanilla and corn notes with a herbal hint of chamomile.
Palate: Sweet, fruity flavours of melon, grapefruit and thick syrup, balanced by crunchy biscuits and fresh vanilla.
Conclusions: The corn notes, sweet and vibrant, last on the finish. Fans of grain whisky should be pretty happy with this, as well as bourbon lovers.
Editor Choice: A release of grain whisky from Japan's Nikka, produced mainly from corn using one of their continuous Coffey stills. Rather than the rare and limited releases they have done before, this is a larger release to further show off this key component in the Nikka family of whiskies.
It can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, served long with still water mizuwari-style, topped with soda in a highball or as the base of classic cocktails such as a perfect Manhattan.
World Whiskies Awards, 2013: Best Japanese Grain Whisky
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible