Nikka Coffey Malt Japanese Whisky

Nikka Coffey Malt Japanese Whisky


ABV: 45%

Age: NAS

Recipe: 100% malted barley. Distilled in a Coffey still

Distiller: Nikka

Country: Japan

Price Paid (MSRP): $60 ($65)

Tasting Notes

Nose: Light and floral, butterscotch, honey, vanilla, and a little orange. 

Palate: Thin the medium mouth feel and surprisingly hot, sweet with more of that vanilla and butterscotch, grainy, green apple and pear. 

Finish: Short finish with more of the same. Those vanilla and butterscotch notes re-emerge but then it ends with a tannic tea bitterness. 

Rating: 49/100 – Sub-par | Many things I’d rather have

I’m not impressed by this Coffey Malt, especially when factoring in price. There’s a reason why my bottle has sat open in the back of my cabinet for over two years now. It tastes young, grainy, and quite frankly boring. It reminds me a lot of younger Irish whiskeys, but lacks the creamy notes. As has been my experience with most Japanese whiskies, there’s nothing here that can’t be found in whiskies that are a fraction of the cost.

2 thoughts on “Nikka Coffey Malt Japanese Whisky

  1. Looking at the vanilla and butterscotch finishing notes, what other whiskeys are you looking at for a fraction of the price?

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