NIKKA Coffey Malt Whisky is produced at the Miyagikyo distillery in Japan. This distillery is located on the southern island Kyushu and it is Nikka's second distillery, alongside Yoichi.
This whisky is named Coffey malt because of the Coffey stills that are used for the production. This type of still, named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey, revolutionized spirits production worldwide roughly two centuries ago, as it enables continuous distillation, and stronger alcohol output (compared to pot stills and batch distillation). Usually only grain whiskys, used in blended whisky, are produced in Coffey stills, because usually a lighter tasting product comes out of the still. Since 1999 the Miyagikyo distillery has two coffey stills from Glasgow.
Nikka have experimented and gained great experience with Coffey stills, enabling them to distill malt whisky in this type of still and obtain a very flavorful product: Nikka Coffey Malt Whiskey, made from 100% barley malt.
The aroma is characterized by nuts, tropical fruits and vanilla. Notes of grilled banana, white chocolate, orange and tropical fruits can be found in the taste.
Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky has been awarded Japanese whisky of the Year 2018 and Single Malt of the Year 2018 (multiple barrels) by Whisky expert Jim Murray (Whisky Bible).Nikka