This is a single malt from the Miyagikyo distillery, Nikka’s second distillery built in 1969. The founder Masataka Taketsuru chose this site in the mountains of Sendai to contrast with his first distillery, Yoichi, located in the coastal area. Using less peaty malt and distilled in a pot still heated by indirect steam, Miyagikyo single malt has an elegant fruitiness and a distinctive aroma with a strong Sherry cask influence.
A smoky nose rises from the glass, but immediately finds harmony with spicy and bold flavors on the palate. Gorgeous expressions of coffee, wood spice, tobacco, and heather honey are outlived by clove and a lingering heat on the finish. Complexity abounds