Saturday, May 9, 2009

Single Coffey Grain 12yo - 70th Anniversary Selection


Single Coffey Grain, second from the right

Review by Nonjatta contributor - Serge Valentin

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"Nikka 12yo '70th Anniversary' (58%, OB, Single Coffey Grain, Bottled +/- 2008)
From a 4 piece set that includes four 12 year olds (Yoichi, Miyagikyo, Coffey Grain, Blend).
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Different from the 1992. Less rounded and less ‘directly’ vanillaed but more spirity. Also has quite strange whiffs of sweat (locker room after a rugby game? ... er, not quite). Also hints of blood oranges and something like lychee liqueur (we have already noticed lychees in several Nikka blends). Ginger. It’s a little bizarre. With water: cleaner but, once again, no more complex. A lot of marzipan, just like in the 1992. More honey and putty as well as what the Berbers call ‘hamlou’ (almonds, honey and argan oil mixed together). Mouth (neat): Almost the same whisky as the 1992 when undiluted. Hard to pick out any differences, so let’s add water right away. With water: same. Sweet wood extracts… Mashed chestnuts.
Finish
: Same as the 1992.
Comments: Once again, it’s very good spirit, perfectly made, but I am not into grain: too many taste the same. It’s a bit boring … I’m sorry. SGP:530 - 79 points." (Serge`s scoring system is explained on this page.)

Alcohol
Abv 58 per cent

Nikka Single Cask Coffey Grain 1992




Review by Nonjatta contributor - Serge Valentin

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"Nikka Coffey Grain 1992/2007 (57%, OB, cask #116333, Warehouse #20)
Beginners may not know that ‘Coffey Grain’ and ‘coffee bean’ aren’t sort of the same thing. Coffey grain is grain whisky distilled in so called ‘Coffey stills’, named after Mr Aneas Coffey, an Irishman who invented this kind of continuous still around 1830. Colour: Gold.
Nose: Huuuge notes of vanilla and coconuts, then white chocolate, cut grass and nutmeg, with a faint soapiness. Needs water: less aggressive but not really more complex. Maybe a little more gingery and almondy, with also a little menthol. Mint-flavoured marzipan?
Mouth (neat): Hot and extremely fruity and vanillaed. Litres of coconut liqueur and quite some soft spices plus a little salt (straight from the oak). Good but rather one dimensional, as many grain whiskies are in my opinion. With water: the tannins come out, together with quite some pepper and kind of a grittiness.
Finish: Medium-long, sweet. Ginger, vanilla, coconut, tannins, white pepper. Comments: It is a pleasant and flawless spirit but I find most of these grain whiskies a little boring, with the oak doing all the work. Yawn… SGP:530 - 79 points." (Serge`s scoring system is explained on this page.)

Alcohol
Abv 57 per cent