Nikka Single Malt Yoichi + Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Wood Finish Duo (2 x 700ml)
Limited run of 6700 bottles/6450 bottles (Yoichi/Miyagikyo).
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the wedding of Nikka founder Masataka Taketsuru to Rita Cowan, Nikka is launching Apple Brandy Wood Finish editions of their NAS Yoichi and Miyagikyo Single Malts.
Nikka says that for the Yoichi, we should expect the ex-apple brandy cask finish to harmonize a mellow sweetness with a deep peatiness. On the nose there's a sweet aroma of apple compote alongside maltiness, then the palate brings savory sweetness of baked sweets like apple pie and fruit cask. The finish closes with slight peat and lasting malt sweetness.
For the Miyagikyo, the apple brandy cask finish brings together bright sweetness and a soft depth. The nose features the chill woodiness of a cask while remaining sweet and lively. On the palate we get fresh juicy apples and bittersweet fruit cake. That is followed with a finish of slightly bitter and sweet cask, then spiciness of cinnamon.
To assure we get the maximum punch from the ex-apple brandy cask finish, Nikka also tells us these are non-chill filtered.