Much like the Akashi White Oak where we had twice sampled the Red Blend but not the Single Malt, we also tried the Nikka Coffey Grain twice but not the Malt version.
Our first blush of the Nikka Coffey Grain in 2016 made us think of piña colada… two years later when we tasted another bottle in an evening exclusively featuring grains, we still found it had a delightful desert like quality.
Both are make in Nikka’s Coffey still however the difference is that the grain is mostly made from corn whereas the malt from malted barley.
What did we think of the malted version?
Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky 45%
- Nose – Chocolaty cream, tiramisu, marzipan, toffee, like a sweet Amarula, a caramel Irish Baily’s, candied cherries, a cherry cough syrup, banana, cinnamon
- Palate – Soft, flat, liner, thin body, cheery and cherry, smooth
- Finish – Hardly there
- Water – Spicier on the nose, cream and fruit
Overall it retained a sweet dessert quality yet was heavier and darker than we remembered the Grain one… nothing complex but still satisfying and most enjoyable in its way.
Here is what the folks over at Nikka have to say about their Coffey Malt:
Coffey Malt is made from 100% malted barley. However it is not categorized as “malt whisky” but as “grain whisky” since it is not distilled in a pot still. This unique production method results in extraordinary flavors and texture.
We enjoyed a few more whiskies in our Asian Delights evening:
- Akashi White Oak Single Malt 40%
- Kavalan Classic 40%
- Nikka From the Barrel 51.4%
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