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[+]