Nikka Coffey Grain | 45.0% | Japan
Japanese Whisky Club Bottles #33a - #33e were all tasted as part of a Japanese whisky night, where we tasted 6 bottles (one was a control, the previously-tried Nikka 'From The Barrel'). The image to the right shows the distilleries we tasted bottles from, as well as when they came into existence and who owns them (with 'S' denoting a now-silent still).
Meet #37 | 13/04/13 | Hosted by Phil
It was time for a Japanese whisky night, with 6 bottles to get through (one we'd tasted before).. we got our heads down and achieved our goals, sampling some interesting delights from far afield.
The nose could be summarised as sweet, creamy and meaty... imagine the feeling of finishing pudding in a steakhouse. There was metallic prime rib (not sure either), beef jerky and pepper to make some noise for the meat side of things, which was then finished off with cream, toffee (and the smell of) popcorn, vanilla and crème anglaise. It was a nose that was appreciated ("I like it!"), as well as one that made someone say "wet lead" - mmmm.
This went down pretty well in the mouth: "I like it!", "aye, definitely" and "quite like it". If there wasn't a Gregg's vanilla slice in there, then I'm Peter "Peter" Peterman (which I'm not). The sweetness on the nose came back to haunt us like a J-horror spirit-child slipping on honey and falling head first into a banoffee pie (in a scary way). Thick bourbon and Bailey's presented a case for this not being a grain whisky at all, whilst the fruity quarter gained some respect by presenting a hamper of gooseberries and braeburns, which we accepted.
This coffey grain bottling is one of a number of interesting offerings from Nikka..
Finish & Comments
One of our first short finishes, this was even described as "empty", yet spicy-ish. People had zoned out a bit by this point, but irn bru and melon where mentioned as lingering tastes, whilst this (and our first) grain whisky was generally enjoyed.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
77 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Simon C: Null
Tasting Game Points (out of 0)
No scores available.
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