Japanese whisky brand Nikka Whisky has unveiled the 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 will launch 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.
These versions of Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts are the first-look showcase of Nikka Discovery.
Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated (47% ABV) is comprised solely of unpeated malts, as opposed to the preconceived “peaty” image of Yoichi. The result is a balance of bright fruitiness and rich mouthfeel, the company reports, along with its distinctive smokiness generated by coal-fired distillation.
On the contrary, Single Malt Miyagikyo Peated (48% ABV) is crafted solely from batches of peated malts, which offers a distinction from the “light and fruity” image of Miyagikyo. This expression showcases the combination of distinctive peaty notes and boldness, the company reports, leaving its signature estery hint in the aftertaste.
“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. 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 our attempt to keep progressing and share more excitement with our valued customers around the world.”
Both expressions are non-chill filtered. Limited to 20,000 bottles each worldwide, they have a suggest retail price of $274.99 per 750-ml. bottle.