While most distilleries use their Coffey stills only to make grain whisky, Nikka uses the two Coffey stills at their Miyagikyo distillery to create malt whisky too. The Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky was introduced to their selection of expressions in 2014. Plenty rich and flavoursome, it's a wonderful addition to Nikka's fantastic range.
Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky on the nose has a sweetness to it. Butterscotch and sugary Bit-O-Honey, chocolate and malted milk balls " all told it gives the aromatic impression of walking into a boozy sweet shop. The palate continues the theme. More butterscotch starts things off, infused with notes of coconut, candied flowers, and some orange marmalade.
The finish is a touch more complex, layering in some chocolate raisin notes and a heavier coconut component. While it doesn't break from the sweet stuff, it does take things out on a more interesting note than the relatively straightforward flavors of the palate.