GSN Review: Single Malt Miyagikyo Peated & Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated Whiskies

Recently, Nikka Whisky introduced its first set of releases from the “Nikka Discovery” series in the U.S.: Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated and Single Malt Miyagikyo Peated. The “Nikka Discovery” series will develop distinctive limited editions over the next three years in anticipation of Nikka Whisky’s 90th Anniversary in 2024. Each year will focus on a different component of the whisky-making process that Nikka has practiced since 1934, offering an inside look at the various experiments within Nikka’s two distilleries.

Designed to overturn the preconceived images of each single malt, these rare versions of Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts are the first look showcase of “Nikka Discovery” and highlight the distillery’s diverse ingredients. Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated (47% ABV) is comprised solely of unpeated malts as opposed to the preconceived “peaty” image of Yoichi. On the contrary, Single Malt Miyagikyo Peated (48% ABV) is crafted solely from batches of peated malts, which offers a significant distinction from the “light and fruity” image of Miyagikyo. 

“We are so pleased to introduce these unique expressions from our emblematic Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts.” says Emiko Kaji, Nikka Whisky International Business Development Manager. “It is an exciting process, like treasure hunting, to try various whisky batches from our vast reserve guided by Nikka blenders, and to create products that embody the “Discovery” concept.” 

Both expressions are non-chill filtered and bottled at different ABVs to best enhance their unique characteristics. Limited to 20,000 bottles each worldwide.

Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated – GSN’s Remarks: A beautfully evocative nose of oak, malt and plum. This carries through on the palate, which has a very fruit forward character. Sometimes black cherry, strawberry, green apple or plum notes shine in the spirit. The finish is quite long with a luscious finality. A masterful blend. GSN Rating: A+

Single Malt Miyagikyo Peated – GSN’s Remarks: The peat is light, elegant and mixes well with the warm, malty nose. The flavor also has a light touch of peat which accentuates the bakery character of the spirit. Quite traditional in character, and in the mould of Japanese whiskies, this one nonetheless has it’s own unique flavors at the finish. Some ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of clove add depth and a dry, bright end. GSN Rating: A

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