Of Nikka’s two malt whisky distilleries, Yoichi produces rich, peaty and a powerful malt. The whisky gets its characteristic aroma and body from direct heating distillation. During distillation, the pot stills heat up through the use of finely powdered natural coal. This is a very traditional method and thus very rare today, even in Scotland.
The location is excellent for whisky production because of its clean air. Furthermore, it has just the right humidity for storage. Also, it has an abundant underground water filtered through a layer of peat. In Yoichi, Masataka Taketsuru saw numerous reminders of Scotland. This convinced him that this should be the home of Japanese Whisky.
The Miyagikyo Distillery lies in northern Japan, in Sendai (lat.38 N), Miyagi Prefecture, northern Honshu. Travelling in the area one day, Masataka came upon this site completely enclosed by mountains and between two rivers. He immediately knew that this was the perfect site for whisky distilling. Sendai’s fresh water, suitable humidity and crisp air produce soft and mild malt.
Super Nikka Revival Whisky Tasting Notes
One of Nikka’s classic brands, the Super Nikka entered the market in 1962. Its luxuriant aroma, gentle hints of peat and scent of vanilla and chocolate are all in harmony. Its flavor is smooth and well-balanced.