Nikka Japanese whisky launches Coffey MaltBy Amy Hopkins
Japanese whisky brand Nikka has released a coffey malt as part of its permanent range, having previously launched only as a limited edition.
Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky has been made by distilling malted barley in a coffey still, which is usually only used for grain whisky distillation.
Created at the company’s Miyagikyo distillery, which has two coffey stills imported from Scotland, the new release is described as having a “fresh and zesty fragrance with hints of pear, pepper and balsamic”.
The distillation process in column stills is unique as it takes place continuously without requiring two separate distillations, as with the pot stills used for single malts.
Nikka Coffey Malt completes the group’s “coffey” range, which originally launched in September 2012 with the Nikka Coffey Grain
It will initially roll-out across European markets.