Nikka Coffey Malt launches in Australia

10 July, 2019 by Andy Young

Asahi Premium Beverages is launching its Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky in Australia this month, following the launch of Nikka Coffey Grain, Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka last year.

After launching in 2014 Nikka Coffey Malt has attracted a lot of attention, particularly after being named as Japanese Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2018 Whisky Bible. The whisky was also awarded a trophy at the International Spirits Challenge 2017 and gold medals at the International Spirits Challenges in 2015 and 2014.

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“We are pleased to see the Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky enter Australia, it is a versatile spirit which can be enjoyed neat, or as a base spirit in numerous cocktails”, Naoki Tomoyoshi from Nikka Whisky International Headquarters said.

Distilled from 100 per cent malted barley, Nikka Coffey Malt, is the result of a unique distillation process in “Coffey” type column stills, which are normally used for grain whisky production.

As such, this unique 100 per cent Coffey malt is categorised as a grain whisky, and offers a surprisingly rich texture with deep oaky notes. Invented by Aeneas Coffey in 1830 in Scotland, the Coffey Still is a very traditional type of a continuous still, which retains the flavours of the ingredients and also creates a distinctive texture.

The whisky is described as featuring “aromas of rich spices and candied citrus, Nikka Coffey Malt offers a robust dense texture with notes of cinnamon, clove and lemon, and a long finish with a blend of rich oak, tobacco and mild chocolate”.

Nikka’s Coffey Malt Whisky (700ml, 45 per cent ABV, RRP $130) is available at select premium venues and stores.