Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
45.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Jan 2014 4:58 pm by wbarchive_350097

Average value

€ 64.45

39 × in wishlist

503 × member ratings

1456 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

71 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.79 points

  1. Nestheth scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    This dram resembles coffey due to the thinness of its frame. It's another addition to the chain of chocolate - lemon palate whiskys. Nothing earth-shaking. A pleasant whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A vague coffeyish, burned fragrance is present. A dominant wall of citrus almost protects the dram. The citrus gives a fresh fragrance, yet overpowers. Some fruit gets through.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A devious 45 % abv., the alcohol seems tame at first, perhaps coupled with spice, but builds up to a decent strength. The frame isn't too robust, though. This customer may use added water. Just a teaspoonful. A dark chocolate joins in, amplified by the water.
    • Finish
      86 86
      At this point, a veteran whisky-lover will come to realize, this dram displays the same sweet and sour combination, chocolate and lemon, as countless other whiskys. The alcohol lingers. A short-lived finish. But pleasant.

  2. SAND scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky, 45% ABV, lot no. 6/12E381528. The bottle has been open for around 4 years. Tasted 03.01.2020:
    NOSE: Sweet, fruity malt and bourbon barrel notes; Barley sugar, light treacle, honey, butter, vanilla, dried banana, hint of fresh banana, sweet almonds, coconut, sweet wood, a little sawdust. Really nice! (88p)
    TASTE: The arrival is rather sweet, viscous and nice. The mid palate is less interesting; there is more sweet bourbon wood and less fruitiness. Cinnamon. With a few drops of water it opens up and becomes a bit more complex, with more but not stronger spices (85 p)
    FINISH: The finish is also a bit woody, with old wood notes, furniture polish, cinnamon and some black pepper. Rather long. (85 p)
    TOTAL SCORE 85 points.

    Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky. Tasted in 2015.
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Intense and very fruity nose with lots of tangerine, then smoke and pecan and brazil nuts. Pouring it in a large tulip shaped (red wine) helped very much in catching the full richness of the nose.
    Taste: Medium rich, nicely balanced. In the mouth initially less fruity than on the nose, but a week after opening the fruit unfolds here too, with apples and oranges. Vanilla, hints of maple suryp (but not sweet) and towards the end come spice, smoke and some iodine.
    Very nice whisky for the price.

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Just great, incredibly round chocolates. <3
    • Nose
      Fruity spicy, cappuccino praline, bitter orange, other citrus also comes up short, sweet malt, Williams pear and cinnamon
    • Taste
      Deep orange, as in brandy, mocha, vanilla, hint of cinnamon, plums, chocolates, mirabelle
    • Finish
      Medium to long, dry sweet with a little spice

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    simple, well done !!
    • Nose
      vanilla, spices, pear, taste of ether, glue varnish.
    • Taste
      heat, spices, alcohol, (it heats up!), return of the pear
    • Finish
      medium, vanilla, green fruits, almonds, with a return of rum

  5. Ostap scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant Japanese, confectionery in aroma and this is his strongest point. The taste is pleasant but without enough depth.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh, oatmeal cookies, chocolate, sherry, Artek waffles, noticeable confectionery aroma, fresh paint (acetone), children's breakfast cereals, figs and dates, marinade note (branded for the Japanese), overripe cherries, carefully mineral notes, coffee with flavors , sweet popcorn, rahat-lukum. Cucumber brine in an empty glass.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Prickly, pepper, sweet, carbonated water, berry sour, sweet nut paste.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Warms, candy (caramels), not long, sweet and sour carbonated water, dry.

  6. Matt80 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A sweet nose with toffee and fruit. Lots of pear and citrus fruits with vanilla. Almost bourbon like.

      With water - sweeter topped with vanilla ice cream
    • Taste
      Rich, heavy fruit and nut. Strong overtones of orange and lemon with golden syrup. Quite creamy and buttery.

      With water - much creamier.
    • Finish
      Medium/long, a lingering honey note with wood spice and a sprinkle of salt. The fruit is still present with a touch of oakiness and hazelnut.

      With water - medium, wood spice lingers

  7. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Value (£50) : 3/10

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    milk, nuts, mellow, tropical fruits, intense oak, used leather
    creamy, banana, white chocolate.

  9. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. whiskyandbeer scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Bought the bottle years ago, but I'm still in love with this one! Maybe a bit too much on the sweet side for some but still my favourite non-peaty whisky.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Burnt Caramel, Vanilla
    • Taste
      98 98
      Vanilla, Cane Sugar, a bit of Wood
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very dry


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2021

Forgot your password?