Nikka Whisky debuts two single malts

Asahi-owned Nikka Whisky has released two limited edition expressions to kick off its Discovery series.

Yoichi Single Malt Non‐Peated and Miyagikyo Single Malt Peated are both non‐chill-filtered whiskies, and limited to 20,000 bottles each worldwide. Emiko Kaji, Nikka Whisky international business development manager, said: “It is an exciting process – like treasure hunting – to try various whisky batches from our vast reserve guided by Nikka blenders, and to create together products that embody the 'Discovery' concept." Yoichi is bottled at 47% ABV, and made from unpeated malt whiskies, resulting in a delicate balance of fruitiness with a rich mouth feel. The expression also presents a ‘distinctive smokiness’. Miyagikyo (48% ABV) is crafted from batches of peated malt whiskies, showcasing its combination of peaty notes and boldness. The aftertaste boasts a signature estery hint. Kaji added: "The release of Nikka Discovery limited editions 2021 is the initial step to further showcase the depth of Nikka’s whisky-making developed over the years, and also our attempt to keep progressing and share more excitements with our valued customers around the world." The whiskies are designed to challenge the preconceived reputation of single malts, as well as surprise connoisseurs. Both whiskies are available to buy in global markets, for RRP €245 (US$287) each in France, or US$279 in the US. Masataka Taketsuru, who is thought to be the first Japanese person who went to Scotland, founded Nikka Whisky in 1934. Last year, the brand unveiled two single malts finished in apple brandy casks to commemorate the marriage of its founders 100 years ago.