Nikka Whisky recently announced the release of its 2022 offerings from its “Nikka Discovery” Series for the U.S., each highlighting a different component of the whisky-making process that Nikka has practiced since 1934.
The two 2022 Nikka Discovery bottlings, according to those behind them, are Single Malt Yoichi Aromatic Yeast and Single Malt Miyagikyo Aromatic Yeast. They both focus on the variety of yeast within Nikka’s two distilleries and the unique aromas that are generated through fermentation. This pair of limited bottlings uses rare, experimental batches from Nikka’s vast “culture collection.”
Single Malt Yoichi Aromatic Yeast (48% ABV), the brand noted in official tasting notes, is reminiscent of ginjyo sake, expressing floral and fruity notes that have only improved after several years of maturation. Similarly, Single Malt Miyagikyo Aromatic Yeast (47% ABV) offers the fruity aroma of stone fruit such as peach and apricot, which enhances Miyagikyo’s traditional elegant and fruity style.
“We are delighted to release the second pairing from our ‘Nikka Discovery’ series,” said Emiko Kaji, Nikka Whisky International Business Development Manager, in a prepared statement. “The 2022 ‘Nikka Discovery’ expressions are the result of our vast reserve of yeast cultures and accumulated knowledge to use them, along with masterful blending. Our blenders took great care to enhance only good aromas and integrate them with the original style of each distillery.”
The Single Malt Yoichi Aromatic Yeast and Single Malt Miyagikyo Aromatic Yeast releases are non-chill filtered and each bottled at different ABVs to best enhance what’s described as “their unique characteristics.” Each retailing around $275, only 2,640 bottles of both expressions will be available in the U.S. at select retailers as well as online at ReserveBar.com.
The brand noted as well 2023 will reveal the third and final release of “Nikka Discovery” in anticipation of Nikka Whisky’s 90th Anniversary in 2024.
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