The Coffey Grain whiskies from Nikka come in two shapes: 45% regular releases and ridiculously strong single casks (think of 60% to 63% ABV). I have tried one or two of the strong ones and found them to be to my liking, so I was curious to try this one too. A small trade of samples between me and Phil Blake got me this option.
Coffey Grain is named after the Coffey still in which it is distilled. Now I can write a lot of technobabble, but in short: It’s grain whisky. From Japan in this case.
Vanilla and coconut, but mostly coconut. No surprise there, I have found this earlier in this kind of dram. There is some wood influence with a touch of sweetness and vanilla sugar. A small hint of something spicy is in there too. Nice, but very straight forward.
Syrupy sweetness at first, and a very thick bourbon-cask style dram. Pineapple juice and coconut. I get a very big pina colada feeling here, but the rum is replaced by whisky. It does have some of that white Bacardi sweetness though.
The finish continues on without much news. It does add a few notches to the white rum flavour, with a touch of oak too.
I think a large chunk of the Nikka All Malt is coming from these kind of whiskies. Not a bad thing but something rather similar. Lots of sweet coconut going on. It’s nice and will never disappoint, but it is a very simple and straight forward dram.
Nikka Coffey Grain, 45%, 50cl is available at The Whisky Exchange for £ 36.49