- 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
27 × in wishlist
149 × member ratings
453 × in collection
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
- 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.
- A very nice Miyagikyo, the price increase from the 10th does not quite make sense here.
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
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
Long, sweet, tea, caramel, honey and lavender, a little pear with fine licorice
- A lot of wood for a 15 year old, a nice and drinkable dram though
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
- Grilled nose, roasted. Woody mouth, varnish, caramel. Medium final a bit bitter. Nice but bad q / p.
- 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
- 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
Fantastic, smooth hint of dried fruit coca and a nuttiness.
Fabulous initial entry, one of the best you could hope for. Slight floral, heavy oak very smooth medium bodied.
Long, complex going back between dried fruit, raisins, cocoa deeply lingers.
- 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.
The smell is very dominant and powerful, with a clear sherry influence. Dates are prominent, dark raisins, quality oak and spices.
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.
The finish is long and while the sherry is still apparent, a mild mint and drying wood save it from getting cloying.
- A good product, surely bourbon and sherry cask. But dismal price.
Nail polish! But after this amazing return, we fall back on the dried fruit, grilled, green apple and some toasted wood.
Is there sherry in there? Beyond wood and vanilla, we find dried fruits, spices, caramel, end on a little green fruit.
Dried fruits of sherry, caramel, traces of bitter cocoa, spices.