Your chance to own some of the whiskies we lost in 2015…

1 x Nikka Yoichi 15YO 700ml
1 x Nikka Miyagikyo 12YO 700ml
1 x Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 12YO 700ml
1 x Nikka from the Barrel NAS 500ml

With its announcement in June 2015 that due to dwindling supply of casks it will be suspending the release of all of its Yoichi and Miyagikyo age statement whiskies (10yo/12yo/15yo/20yo), Nikka essentially sent the Japanese whisky loving public into a stampede to buy up any remaining bottles left for sale.

It was with this in mind that over the last 12 months we have been able to slowly piece together various bottlings so that we can today offer a special Nikka Collector’s Pack comprising two now unavailable and highly collectable Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts and two much-loved and awarded, blended malts.

History
As one of the founding fathers of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru and his Nikka distillery has always been synonymous with quality in the land of the rising sun. As the son of a saké brewer, Taketsuru always had a fascination with alcohol production, but it was a trip to Scotland in 1918 where he was able to gain significant insight into whisky production and learnt many of the distilling processes he would later implement.

After briefly being involved with Suntory and the establishment of the Yamazaki distillery, Taketsuru established the Yoichi distillery on the northern island of Hokkaido in 1934 laying the foundations for the company that is now known as Nikka Whisky.

Sadly passing away in 1979 Taketsuru was not able to see the explosion in worldwide demand and significant accolades his distillery have received since the 2000’s.

With its announcement in June 2015 that due to dwindling supply of casks it will be suspending the release of all of its Yoichi and Miyagikyo age statement whiskeys (10yo/12yo/15yo/20yo), Nikka essentially sent the Japanese whisky loving public into a stampede to buy up any remaining bottles left for sale.

It was with this in mind that over the last 12 months we have been able to slowly piece together various bottlings so that we can today offer a special Nikka Collector’s Pack comprising two now unavailable and highly collectable Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts and two sought-after and awarded blended malts.

Please note the whiskies are sold only as a pack only and stocks are highly limited.

 

Nikka Yoichi 15YO 700ml
Produced at the birthplace of Nikka and utilising traditional coal-fired pot stills, Yoichi’s resulting whiskies are dense, peaty and powerful. Barrel age has added extra weight and dimension to this magnificent whisky, managing to leaven a powerfully smokey set of sweet & savoury flavours, with soft, saturating creamy oak character.

‘…the kind of whisky that propels a distillery into super league status. A Classic!’ – Jim Murray.

Nikka Miyagikyo 12YO 700ml
If Yoichi produces Nikka’s more powerful single malts, their Miyagikyo distillery in Sendai (est. 1969) with its pure water sources, clean air and gentle humidity, produces soft and elegant malts.

Here a more delicate thread of ashy peat smoke is woven amongst a lemon citrus lift, dried pears and barley sugar. There is an elegance and purity to Miyagikyo 12yo that is perfectly framed by its sherry oak components.

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 12YO 700ml
A blend of mature malt whiskies from Nikka’s Miyagikyo and Yoichi Distilleries, this offers up a very immediate nose of ripe citrus and honeycomb combined with a subtle cinnamon spice. Elegant and textured, the palate follows with buttered toffee and spun-sugar sweetness, well balanced by bright fruit and vanillin oak.

Nikka operates two Coffey stills (named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey) within the Miyagikyo distillery and some of their output is utilised within Nikka’s blended malts such as the Taketsuru 12.

Nikka from the Barrel NAS 500ml
A firm favourite on the CWS back-bar and an excellent introduction into the Nikka style comprising blended malt & grain whiskies from both the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Generous and textured, its orange citrus florals sit comfortably next to its malt sweetness with crisp oak adding definition and spice to finish.