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Single Malt Miyagikyo Aromatic Yeast

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The two new products, “Single Malt Yoichi Aromatic Yeast” and “Single Malt Miyagikyo Aromatic Yeast,” will be released in 2024. 90th Anniversary of NIKKA’s Founding The new products will be launched in 2021, and will focus on the depth of Nikka Whisky’s diverse range of whiskies and the history of the different types of whiskies created by raw materials, fermentation, and other production processes. Second product in the “NIKKA DISCOVERY Series” The new project will be launched in 2021. Developed as a series to “discover” the diversity, depth and unexpectedness of whisky.

This new product focuses on the “distinctive aroma produced by the different yeasts used in the fermentation process.” This is a limited edition product that brings out the hidden and unexpected character of “Single Malt Yoichi” and “Single Malt Miyagikyo” by adding a new aroma created by the yeast, while maintaining the unique charm of the single malt.

The product will be marketed mainly for commercial use. Overseas sales are also planned, mainly in Europe.

The label uses colors that reflect the aroma of each flavor, with a gradual color gradation to express the aromatic image of the product.

The product will go on sale on September 27, 2022, for 22,000 yen including tax. Sales volume is 10,000 units in Japan and 10,000 units overseas, respectively.

 

The Bottle

A fusion of the elegant flamboyance of Miyagikyo malt and the new aroma created by the yeast.

This single malt whisky has a subtle overlay of ripe apricot-like aroma, while utilizing the elegant opulence that is characteristic of Miyagikyo malt. The rich fruity sweetness harmonizes with the richness of the malt, and the soft malt and moderate peat provide a pleasantly balanced cask aroma that lasts.

This yeast produces a sweet and seductive aroma, like that of apricots. The original wine that makes the most of its power will show its true value after a few decades of aging.

However, this character is very sensitive, and if it exceeds a certain point, it becomes difficult to balance it with the original gorgeousness of Miyagikyo.
On the other hand, if it falls below that point, the aroma itself will disappear without a trace.

Therefore, the blender uses used barrels that have been aged for a number of years and have acquired a mild oaky character to achieve harmony.
A small amount of heavy peat was added to the blend to give a subtle peatiness to the wine.

The sweet fruity aroma rises with the gorgeousness at the top, and after the richness of the thick malt, the fruity flavor comes back again.

The strong character created by the ingenuity of the fermentation process is delicately balanced with Miyagikyo’s character and asserts itself.


Quote: “Single Malt Yoichi / Single Malt Miyagikyo Aromatic Yeast” to be released in limited quantities on September 27

 

Prior to the Discovery Series, the limited editions have changed their character with “different cask types used in the wood finish,” such as the 2017 Moscato Wood Finish, the 2018 Manzanilla Wood Finish, and the 2020 Apple Brandy Wood Finish.

The Discovery Series does not do finishes, and in this second release, the whisky brings out the hidden and unexpected character of single malt Miyagikyo while taking advantage of its appeal by “different yeast”.

 

 

Aroma Sweet aroma of muscat and banana with a slight woody note
Taste Fruity and juicy, full of milk
Aftertaste Continuing malt sweetness and woody aroma

 

 

Alcohol content 47% alcohol by volume
Alcohol category Single malt Japanese whisky
Cask type
Volume 700ml
Number of bottles sold Domestic: 10,000 bottles Overseas: 10,000 bottles
Suggested retail price 22,000 yen including tax
Release date September 27, 2022

 

 

Our Take

Miyagikyo itself has fruity and elegant characteristics, but both the aroma and taste are more juicy and fruity than non-vintage.

Compared to the non-vintage, the woodiness does not come out so much, but it only comes out a little after a while after pouring into a glass, but it is just right as it lasts long and jiggly.

The character of Miyagikyo and the aromatic yeast are well blended.

Please compare it with Miyagikyo Non-Vintage and taste the difference.

Nikka Whisky is planning to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2024, and the third Discovery Series is scheduled to be released in 2023. We look forward to seeing what kind of DISCOVERY they will show us next time.

 

(All Images Courtesy of JPWhisky.net)

 

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