Anchor Distilling Company has recently announced the launch of Nikka Whisky in the United States, becoming the second Japanese whisky label on the market. Two unique expressions will be available: Taketsuru Pure Malt 12-year-old and Yoichi Single Malt 15-year-old.
Taketsuru Pure Malt 12-year-old (SRP $69.99) is composed of pure malt whisky blended in vats from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Nikka’s second distillery, Miyagikyo is located in Sendai, northern Honshu. The distillery site is surrounded by mountains and sandwiched between two fresh water rivers, providing excellent humidity and air quality conditions for soft and mild malt. Ripe, sweet aromas such as apple and pear combined with a silky smooth texture on the palate makes Taketsuru a perfect introduction to the Japanese whisky style.
Yoichi Single Malt 15-year-old (SRP $129.99) is an expression made at the Yoichi distillery, on the island of Hokkaido. Built in 1934, Yoichi is Nikka’s first and Japan’s most northern distillery. The distinct aroma and body of this whisky is attributed to direct heating distillation, in which pot stills are heated with finely powdered natural coal – a traditional method that is now rare, even in Scotland. Reminiscent of the Highland style, this rich, peaty and masculine malt offers notes of spice, coffee, caramel and a touch of smoke.
Nikka Whisky can be found throughout the United States.