Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt Whisky
In 1934, Masataka moved to the town of Yoichi and opened the doors to Nikka Whisky Co. Situated approximately 35 miles west of Sapporo City, Nikka's Yoichi Distillery is encapsulated by mountains (to the east, south and west) and by the Sea of Japan (to the north), creating a unique and isolated environment for the production and maturation of single malt whisky. The clean air, humidity and access to underground water filtered through a layer of peat results in a rich and masculine malt.
In 1960, as the Yoichi Distillery was reaching capacity, Masataka began searching for another suitable location in Japan to open a distillery. Following a three-year search, Masataka identified a wide forest valley at the junction of the Hirosegawa and Nikkawagawa rivers. The localized humidity from the rivers and surrounding hills, together with the quality of water from Nikkawagawa River, created the perfect location for a second distillery, which he named Miyagikyo.
Nikka Miyagikyo Japanese Single Malt Whisky is distilled and aged at the Miyagikyo Distillery, which is known for its lighter, more floral malts (as opposed to the heavier, more oily malts produced at Yoichi). Made from 100% malted barley and distilled in pot stills that are heated with steam as opposed to coal fire, Nikka Miyagikyo Japanese Single Malt Whisky is then aged in ex-sherry casks. As a result, the whisky has a delicate and modern aroma of bitter green apple, citrus zest, nougat and ginger, which leads to a palate filled with vanilla custard, nutmeg and cinnamon, along with a subtle smokiness. The finish is light and smoky, with notes of dried mango, breakfast cereal and honey.
Nikka Miyagikyo Japanese Single Malt Whisky is one of the rarer Japanese whiskies available in the entire United States — pick up a bottle today!
|Proof||90 (45% ABV)|
|Distiller/Bottler Name||Nikka Whisky Distilling Co.|
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