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Nikka Coffey Grain

Overall rating
82.54/100
votes
135
Category
Single Grain
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
15 Oct 2012 2:54 pm

Average value

€ 53.37

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249 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1
Category Rating
Nose
21
Taste
21
Finish
20
Balance
21

Tastingtags

22 Notes

Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
24 Jan 2018 3:06 pm
Macheye gave this whisky 77 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Grains and solvents. Oily corns and grains join toffee and caramel and vanilla in a fairly delicate and not hugely expressive nose (the Coffey Malt has a lot more oomph to it). There’s quite a strong vein of varnish and solvent running through this one – it’s not unpleasant (unless you’re a recovering glue-sniffing addict), but does solidify the relative youth of this whisky. Fruits are presents, but a little non-descript – mangos and bananas possible, but yellow-fruits is a more apt descriptor. Delicate and light.

Taste

Immediate rawness and solvent is tempered by some more pleasant fresh corns, vanilla and caramel. There’s earthiness here – mushrooms and some light butteriness that provides a modicum of texture. Spicing is greater here than on the nose – pepper in particular.

Finish

Short and with oak and underlying earthiness.

Comments

Nikka Coffey Grain is quite a reasonable young whisky, but it’s still a touch underdone in places. There’s some enjoyable freshness and fruitiness in places, but it’s all too brief and not particularly complicated either. By no means flawed, but for personal taste I’d take the Coffey Malt every single day of the week.

https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/miyagikyo-/nikka-coffey-grain/

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wisekycourse
Expert Senior wisekycourse Tasting note
08 Oct 2017 3:34 pm
wisekycourse gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

senteur patissière,vanillée,fruitée!

Taste

des amandes,un peu de "rhum",un côté mentholé,des fruits indifférenciés.

Finish

finale assez longue,sucrée,vanillée

Comments

suffisamment neutre pour débuter en starter!

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wisekycourse
Expert Senior wisekycourse Review note
21 Aug 2017 10:39 am
wisekycourse gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.4
Nose
80
Initial taste
83
Body
88
Finish
76
Price
95
Presentation
85
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jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
26 Jun 2017 6:33 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 79 points

https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/mnc-pikka-nikka-2/

Grain that comes from Miyagikyo’s two Coffey stills, originally imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963.

  • N: Sugary sweet straight-bourbon grain [made predominantly from corn so that makes sense], with a fungal & nutty side from youthful wood. Theres a slightly floral sweet-pea fragrance with simple yet desirable sugars opening out. Remarkably well-tempered vanilla, in fact a quite the masterclass in getting the best from young spirit & from young casks.
  • T: Sweet & prickly with honeyed/vanilla wood spices [wood chips?], then a dry, oily & wood-nuttiness – much like the nose. After a slightly reticent arrival, theres a noticeable intense dip into a Sauternes-sweet sour. Best with a little water.
  • F: The finish especially highlights the realities of this being a young grain in youthful wood. Finishes on light [single] creamy vanilla and a super-controlled slight aniseed/pepper heat.
  • C: Here you have mastery displayed in the manipulation & control of fiery elements, and yet i think the highball is the way to go with this one. Alternatively [given the corn], you may be better off drinking a better bourbon for the same money, or many Scotch varieties. Other comparable young grains at around £60 or less that spring to mind are the Irish Greenore 8yo [though i think this Nikka grain is a little better], and Compass Box Hedonism which i reckon is [currently] very similar.

Scores a D[+]

fileosoph
Expert Senior fileosoph Review note
29 May 2017 8:18 am
fileosoph gave this whisky 75 points
Weighted Rate
74.8
Nose
79
Initial taste
74
Body
74
Finish
73
Price
74
Presentation
74
markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
01 May 2017 8:08 am
markjedi1 gave this whisky 81 points

Column Still
Both Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts are distilled in traditional pot stills, but the company Nikka also has several column stills as well, called Coffey stills. Those are used to create both grain and single malt whisky. Nikka has bottled these as Coffey Grain and Coffey Malt. Let us put these head-to-head, starting with the grain.
The nose is very sweet on vanilla, toffee and all kinds of sugar, but it also has a chemical side. Think wood glue or varnish. It is not disturbing, but does stand out. In the background I find a hint of bitter oranges, but just a hint.
Good body. Very oily and soft on the spices. Reminds me a bit of bourbon now. Honeysweet again with mostly vanilla and toffee, but also some raw sugar. The hint of oranges returns and is joined by some coconut. The spiciness increases and even becomes quite dominant.
The finish is not very long, but does remain spicy and sweet.
So this is the in-house grain, distilled in a column still, that is used in the famous Nikka blends, such as the Super Rare and Super Revival. Around 55 EUR, just like the Coffey Malt.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
leocrazy
Member Senior leocrazy Review note
20 Mar 2017 7:07 am
leocrazy gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83.3
Nose
83
Initial taste
84
Body
83
Finish
82
Price
86
Presentation
83
baldandbeardy
Member Senior baldandbeardy Review note
17 Feb 2017 2:37 pm
baldandbeardy gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
81.7
Nose
83
Initial taste
80
Body
80
Finish
81
Price
85
Presentation
84
Donwaldorf
Expert Senior Donwaldorf Tasting note
01 Jan 2017 9:05 pm
Donwaldorf gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Nez peu puissant (niveau alcool).

Sucré sur la vanille, la guimauve et le bonbon.
Gourmand mais pas trop .
Taste

Alcool bien intégré. Bouche pâtissière sur la vanille, le miel et le toffee. Un côté brioché très agréable. Ensuite les céréales font leur apparition.

Finish

Un long finish beurré et épicé.

Comments

Un dram agréable qui se boit très facilement et qui reste gourmand du début à la fin (ou presque)

Andytka3
Connoisseur Andytka3 Review note
05 Dec 2016 4:39 am
Andytka3 gave this whisky 76 points

N- Probably high content of corn, bourbon like sweetness of soft caramel and plum. Chili heat and pungent.

P- Creamy sweet corn and vanilla. Fresh and charming. Lack boldness.

F- Medium-long. Spicy sweet. Decent and easy drinking, lightly rough and shy away when compared to Coffey Malt.

— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

Weighted Rate
85
Nose
85
Initial taste
86
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
85
Presentation
85

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