Asahi Premium Beverages has announced it is launching Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky into the Australian market this month.
The launch adds to the growing portfolio of Nikka premium spirits including Coffey Grain, Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka made available in the past two years.
Launched in 2014, Nikka Coffey Malt won Japanese Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2018 Whisky Bible. First published in 2003, Jim Murray’s “Whisky Bible” is considered one of the world’s most respected and expert whisky publications.
The whisky was also been awarded a trophy for grain whisky at the International Spirits Challenge 2017 and gold medals at the International Spirits Challenges in 2015 and 2014.
Distilled from 100% malted barley, Nikka Coffey Malt, is the result of a unique distillation process in “Coffey” type column stills, which are normally used for grain whisky production. As such, this unique 100% Coffey malt is categorised as a grain whisky, and offers a rich texture with deep oaky notes. Invented by Aeneas Coffey in 1830 in Scotland, the Coffey Still is a very traditional type of a continuous still, which retains the flavours of the ingredients and also creates a distinctive texture. Today Nikka owns two sets of Coffey Stills located at the Miyagikyo distillery.
Featuring aromas of rich spices and candied citrus, Nikka Coffey Malt offers a robust dense texture with notes of cinnamon, clove and lemon, and a long finish with a blend of rich oak, tobacco and mild chocolate.
“We are pleased to see the Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky enter Australia, it is a versatile spirit which can be enjoyed neat, or as a base spirit in numerous cocktails,” said Naoki Tomoyoshi from Nikka Whisky International Headquarters. “We can’t wait to see how the spirit is received.”
Nikka’s Coffey Malt Whisky (700ml, 45% ABV, RRP $130) is available at select premium venues and stores.