Nikka Whisky Releases Two Japanese Single Malts From Its Discovery Series

By Gary Carter / November 20, 2021

Nikka Whisky recently introduced its first set of releases from the “Nikka Discovery” series in the U.S., the Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated and the Single Malt Miyagikyo Peated.

Nikka’s Discovery series is set to develop distinctive limited editions over the next three years as Nikka Whisky ramps up to its 90th anniversary in 2024.

In a prepared statement from the brand, they explained that each year will focus on a different component of the whisky-making process that Nikka has practiced since 1934, offering an inside look at the various experiments within Nikka’s two distilleries.

Nikka’s Discovery series

Nikka’s Discovery series (image via Nikka Whisky)

Designed to highlight the distillery’s diverse ingredients, Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated (47% ABV) is composed solely of unpeated malts as opposed to the preconceived “peaty” image of Yoichi. The result, the distiller states, is a balance of fruitiness and rich mouthfeel, along with its distinctive smokiness generated by coal-fired distillation.

On the contrary, the Single Malt Miyagikyo Peated (48% ABV) is crafted solely from batches of peated malts, which offers a significant distinction from the “light and fruity” image of Miyagikyo, the distiller’s notes show. This expression showcases the combination of distinctive peaty notes and boldness, leaving its signature estery hint in the aftertaste.

“We are so pleased to introduce these unique expressions from our emblematic Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts,” said Emiko Kaji, Nikka Whisky international business development manager. “It’s an exciting process, like treasure hunting, to try various whisky batches from our vast reserve guided by Nikka blenders, and to create products that embody the ‘Discovery’ concept.”

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Both expressions are non-chill filtered and limited to 20,000 bottles each worldwide, both sold at a suggested retail price of $274.99.

Founded by Masataka Taketsuru, Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. was first produced in 1940, guided by his philosophies, with variations of malt whiskies distilled at Nikka’s two distinct distilleries – Yoichi and Miyagikyo – and grain whiskies distilled in Coffey Stills.