Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt Whiskey is made at the Miyagikyo
Distillery, 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 are
utilized for maturation. It's bottled at 45% ABV.
A perfect introduction to Japanese whisky: a lighter body
paired with a whole bouquet of delicious flavors, adored for its spicy, green
apple, malty, and caramel notes. Boasts an elegant fruitiness, citrus, nougat,
salt seaweed, some nutty/sherried notes, and a soft smokiness in the
background, delicately balancing both sweet and savory.
Nikka was founded by Masataka Taketsuru, opening their
first distillery in Yoichi in 1934. Encapsulated by mountains (to the
east, south and west) and by the Sea of Japan (to the north), its unique and
isolated environment is ideal for whisky-production. The clean air, humidity,
and access to underground water filtered through a layer of peat results in a
rich and crisp malt.