Miyagikyo 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt
Stated Age
15 years old
45.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Jun 2009 3:31 pm

Average value

€ 846.24

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149 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Miyagikyo 15-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.29 points

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I bought a bottle at random when these were still available and affordable, and found a rather woody, Spey-ish whisky that wasn't by far my favourite, but a pleasing drink nonetheless. Who would pay the current going prices for this, I do not know. Just one more reminder to me of why early in my whisky hobby I tasted all kinds of Japanese whisky, and why in the recent years I haven't had any at all.

  2. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Miyagikyo, the price increase from the 10th does not quite make sense here.
    • Nose
      Beautiful, noble fruit notes, full red juice pear, juicy peach, apple, elegant as always with Miyagikyo! Mizunara, full, honey, linen sacks, like Clynelish, fine salt, gummy bears, sweet malt, hint of grasses and some pineapple
    • Taste
      Pear, peach, very beautiful full and at the same time elegant, honey, lavender, goes from sweet to beautiful in teens, white and green tea in the exact, rosemary, white chocolate, some apple with shell
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, tea, caramel, honey and lavender, a little pear with fine licorice

  4. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A lot of wood for a 15 year old, a nice and drinkable dram though

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    N: Bananas, pears and pineapple, and this is a 15 year old??!! Theres something of the outdoors about this malt, ozone. Its like a sweet Mackmyra Brucks, but woodier and richer in sweetness. Waxy, floury grain, soft oak, sweet banana pancakes and pear drops.

    T: Innocuous and chewy, slight aniseed malt, watery and weak arrival, mainly the soft sweet spirit on offer with acacia honey. Some woody fresh notes develop later, turning back to the [waxy] grain once again.

    F: Chalky, pear drop malt with faint remains of the fresher woody notes.

    C: Innocuous, lifeless malt. I summed this up as sublime, light and innocuous two years ago, now id sum it up as innocuous, weak and lifeless. Its not a bad malt - i enjoyed the light sweet floral nose, but its the disappointment that comes from over paying for a bottle like this which hits the hardest. Do see Ralfy’s review #476 of Glen Scotia on describing the 21yo as “something as very well matured, perfumed but still spirit intense, the oak influence has been long term but very restrained” - that’s a good summary of this one.

    Scores a C

    N: Ive not got on too well with this malt in the past, but it immediately stands out from the rest of the crowd at tonight's Malt ’n’ Copper ‘Well Travelled’ tasting [02/07/15]. Starts off on a complex, chalky, bold, full-bodied dry-fruit tannic nose. Thirty minutes later its showing more farmy fruit, dusty fruits, ferns, chocolate-malt bar, rich-fruit-candy, orange peel towards marmalade and a nice mineral depth too.
    T: An arrival which changes rapidly over time [in the glass]. Jammy, mineral, gunpowder, chocolate-covered-mushrooms, all the fruits from the nose melding perfectly with the oaky malt. Dare i say it has a touch of Karuizawa about it.
    F: Lots here, and with so much mineral content its going to feel a little Port Ellen like. Sweet, yet savoury, waxy, formative malt finish.
    C: A far cry from my experience of this in 2012. Three years on, i found this rather excellent - and amazing after strawberries.
    Scores a B 

  6. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Grilled nose, roasted. Woody mouth, varnish, caramel. Medium final a bit bitter. Nice but bad q / p.

  7. markkerr02 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Test 063: Japanese Whisky - 061014
    The whisky tested:
    Glass 1 Nikka Miyagiakiou 15Y; 779 kr 2 points Glass 2 Nikka Taketsuru 17Y; 652 kr 4 points Glass 3 Yoichi 10Y; 570 kr 6 points Glass 4 Yamazaki 12Y; 701 kr 8 points Glass 5 Hanyo 18Y / 1987; 1200 kr 19 points Glass 6 Hibiki 21Y; about 1600 kr 13 points
    Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Nikka Miyagiakiou 15Y; 779 kr Color: Light amber Scent: Mild, apple, night tones Taste: Light, nutty, fattones Aftertaste: Short with some nutty fatty and sweet sweetness https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9253/nikka-15-year-old

  8. jparrish56 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    My first bottle bought of Japanese Whisky and it is everything that I have hoped it would be. Sampled several types before, including the older brother 20 year of this bottling. Overall fantastic nose, near perfect taste a little light on the finish but extremely complex. 94/100
    • Nose
      Fantastic, smooth hint of dried fruit coca and a nuttiness. 
    • Taste
      Fabulous initial entry, one of the best you could hope for. Slight floral, heavy oak very smooth medium bodied. 
    • Finish
      Long, complex going back between dried fruit, raisins, cocoa deeply lingers.

  9. ValeronDeportivo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Water increase the spices, while the sweetness and great body are preserved. Even more water eventually break the thickness, making the whisky lighter and easier to drink. A soft bitterness emerges.
    • Nose
      The smell is very dominant and powerful, with a clear sherry influence. Dates are prominent, dark raisins, quality oak and spices.
    • Taste
      A very thick and chewy body, wonderfully sweet intensity of dried fruits and nuts, with a touch of wood smoke. Especially hazelnuts, dried papaya and dried pineapple come to mind.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and while the sherry is still apparent, a mild mint and drying wood save it from getting cloying.

  10. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A good product, surely bourbon and sherry cask. But dismal price.
    • Nose
      Nail polish! But after this amazing return, we fall back on the dried fruit, grilled, green apple and some toasted wood.
    • Taste
      Is there sherry in there? Beyond wood and vanilla, we find dried fruits, spices, caramel, end on a little green fruit.
    • Finish
      Dried fruits of sherry, caramel, traces of bitter cocoa, spices.


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