Top 50 most innovative spirits launches of 2014: 10-1

23rd January, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

1. Nikka Coffey Malt

Nikka-Coffey-Grain-WhiskyTaking its rightful place at the top spot of our innovative spirits launches in 2014 countdown is Nikka Coffey Malt, which merged grain and malt distillation methods.

The bottling is created by distilling 100% malt in a coffey still from Scotland – a column still named after its 19th century creator Aeneas Coffey – which is traditionally only used for grain whisky distillation.

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. Spirits distilled in coffey stills are thought to have a greater richness and complexity.

Previously only available as a limited edition single cask, Nikka Coffey Malt joined Japanese whisky brand Nikka’s permanent “Coffey” range in March last year. A grain whisky had already been released as part of the series.

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