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Nikka Super Rare Old Whisky

Nikka Super Rare Old Whisky

$129.95

Nikka Super Rare Old Whisky. This blended whisky is one of Nikka’s most popular selling expressions since it initially launched in 1962. Nikka Super Rare Old contains a high proportion of malt whisky distilled at Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.

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Nikka Super Rare Old Whisky

Nikka Super Rare Old Whisky. This blended whisky is one of Nikka’s most popular selling expressions since it initially launched in 1962. Nikka Super Rare Old contains a high proportion of malt whisky distilled at Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.

At Latitude 43.2°N
The harsh and rich nature in the north
satisfying everything needed for whisky making
Masataka Taketsuru, the first Japanese who mastered whisky making in Scotland, valued the climate and natural features of the north. Yoichi, the place chosen by Masataka was close to the sea, surrounded by mountains on three sides and in many ways similar to Highland in Scotland. A cold climate with an appropriate humidity, crisp clean air and fresh water – everything necessary for his ideal whisky was available. The proximity to the sea is one of the distinctive features of Yoichi. The sea breeze gives a briny hint to the whisky during the maturation.

Direct coal-fired distillation
The tradition inherited from the foundation
Masataka set a pot still using direct coal-fire when he built the Yoichi Distillery. This still was similar to pot stills at Longmorn Distillery where Masataka had the first practical training in Scotland. This traditional coal-fired distillation is hardly seen today as it is difficult to control temperature and requires highly skilled craftsmen. However, the distillation process at Yoichi has remained very traditional to this day. The characteristics of Yoichi Single Malt such as boldness and toasty burnt flavors are unique features of this distillation.

MIYAGIKYO DISTILLERY SINCE 1969

At latitude 38.3°N
A beautiful glen in the northern mountains
the destination after pursuing an ideal location
Masataka aimed to make his blend more complex by widening the variety of whiskies. In 1967 he was exploring the northern part of the main island to find another ideal site for his second distillery. He came across a beautiful foggy glen surrounded by mountains and at a junction of two clean rivers. Once he tried the water from one of the rivers, which is now the water source, he was so impressed and immediately decided to build a distillery there. The name of the river was Nikkawa river by coincidence.

Malt whiskies reflecting different distillation methods
Masataka aimed to develop a complete contrast between Yoichi Distillery and Miyagikyo Distillery. Along with the different terroir, the different distillation method of Miyagikyo creates distinctive malt whiskies. Miyagikyo’s pot stills are much larger than those at Yoichi with different shapes such as a bulge neck and ascending lyne-arm. These pot stills are heated by indirect steam at a much lower temperature that allows slower distillation. This distillation method results in soft and floral characteristics in Miyagikyo Single Malt.

Grain whisky distilled in Coffey Stills
Miyagikyo Distillery produces grain whisky as well as malt whisky. The quality of grain whisky was one of the critical elements for Masataka’s ideal blending.

The Coffey Still is a very traditional type of a continuous still, which was invented by Mr. Aeneas Coffey in 1830. Masataka became familiar with the Coffey Still during his time at Bo’ness in Scotland and imported the first set in 1963. Despite its old-fashioned structure and inefficiency, he valued the feature of the Coffey Still, which retains more flavors originating from the grain itself. Today Nikka owns two sets of Coffey Stills, both operating within the Miyagikyo Distillery. Coffey-distilled whiskies and spirits are highly reputed in the world.
*The Coffey Stills were first installed at the Nishinomiya plant and later transferred to Miyagikyo Distillery in 1999.

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Brands

Nikka

Country

Japan

Price

$100 or more

Type

Whisky

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