Late last year, we reported that Anchor Distilling brought Nikka Japanese Whisky to the U.S. market. Namely, the Yoichi Single Malt 15YO and the Taketsuru Pure Malt 12YO. Well, these guys are at it again. This time, Anchor and Nikka are bringing four new whiskies stateside. Each one is an international award winner that will be available this fall.
As a primer, here’s what you need to know about all four.
Coffey Grain (45% ABV, SRP $69.99). This grain whisky’s unique flavor is generated by Coffey stills, which Nikka has been operating since the 1960s. This whisky is packed full of vanilla, coconut and tropical fruit aromas, and the flavor profile is rich and soft, with some sweet honey and citrus notes. It earned a gold medal at the 2013 International Spirits Challenge.
Miyagikyo Single Malt 12YO (45% ABV, SRP $119.99) comes from Nikka’s second distillery, Miyagikyo. This one has hints of sherry and floral notes on the nose. On the palate, you’ll get some cereal and soft fruits leading into a long finish. This whisky also received a gold medal at the 2013 International Spirits Challenge.
Taketsuru Pure Malt 17YO (43% ABV, SRP $149.99) is composed of pure malt whisky combined in vats from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Named the World’s Best Pure Malt Whisky at the 2012 World Whisky Awards, it’s aged 17 or more years in a combination of casks, including sherry, resulting in a rich, elegant spirit with notes of toffee and a complex finish.
Taketsuru Pure Malt 21YO (43% ABV, SRP $179.99) has aromas of dried fruits and some well-balanced smokiness. The 21 Year Old is characterized by a deep richness and long-lasting finish. It also received the Gold Award at the 2012 International Spirits Challenge.