A beautiful 10 Year Old from the Miyagikyou distillery (more recent bottles spell the name “Miyagikyo”). This offers a wonderful purity, floral, fruity, silken smooth. A beautiful balanced dram.

I’m always intrigued by Japanese whisky and just how they manage to produce whisky with such depth in flavour. This 10 Year Old Miyagikyo has a lovely combination of notes that just seem to keep expanding, just like the 15 Year Old expression. It is a full-bodied whisky that is perfectly balanced and has a little less peat than all other Nikka expression we’ve tasted thus far. This Nikka Miyagikyo 10 Year Old has an ABV of 45% – making it a whisky that in my opinion, didn’t need any water at all. However, if you want to get access to the plethora of notes on offer – you’ll have to add a few drops of mineral water.

Tasting Notes

Nose: A beautiful waft of sweet orange, vanilla pod and a dark sherry note. Notes of toasted almonds will start to emerge, followed by notes of peaches, aniseed, pear drops and an interesting musky note. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of toffee, lemon, caramel and chocolate note become more pronounced.

Palate: It’s a little dry but the texture is oily and that note of sherry is ever-present. Notes of pears, coffee, vanilla and toffee start to appear. A sweet note of honey is detected on the palate, alongside almonds, aniseed and a kick of spices. Completing the palate is a hint of coconut, chocolate and oak.

Finish: Long, with green herbs, lingering spices and nuttiness.


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