Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Distillery Bottling
45.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
Added on
15 Oct 2012 2:03 pm

Average value

€ 53.37

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Whisky Reviews for Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.25 points

  1. g00se did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    i like it on the rocks.
    smells and taste like chivas regal 12yo.

  2. Svjatogor scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    soft, apples, corn, coffee maybe

  3. Floor scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Great dessert whiskey

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    a good single grain, with typical notes, but significantly more powerful and mature than expected.
    • Nose
      clear vanilla, some glue, slightly fruity. Sweet about what a single grain should be like.
    • Taste
      sweet, but with amazing spiciness from the wood, strong.
    • Finish
      slightly tart, sparkling, somewhat fruity, lots of wood and menthol.

  6. Macheye scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    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.

    • 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.

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Neutral enough to start as a starter!
    • Nose
      pastry scent, vanilla, fruity!
    • Taste
      almonds, a little "rum", a minty side, undifferentiated fruits.
    • Finish
      fairly long finish, sweet, vanilla

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      76 76

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur


    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[+]

  10. fileosoph scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      73 73


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