Nikka Whisky Releases its First Two Limited Editions from the “Nikka Discovery” Series: Yoichi & Miyagikyo Single Malts

Nikka Whisky introduces its first set of releases from the “Nikka Discovery” series in the U.S.: Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated and Single Malt Miyagikyo Peated. The “Nikka Discovery” series will develop distinctive limited editions over the next three years in anticipation of Nikka Whisky’s 90th Anniversary in 2024. 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.

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Designed to overturn the preconceived images of each single malt, these rare versions of Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts are the first look showcase of “Nikka Discovery” and highlight the distillery’s diverse ingredients. Single Malt Yoichi Non-Peated (47% ABV) is comprised solely of unpeated malts as opposed to the preconceived “peaty” image of Yoichi. The result is a delicate balance of bright fruitiness and rich mouthfeel, along with its distinctive smokiness generated by coal-fired distillation. On the contrary, 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. This expression showcases the exquisite 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.” says Emiko Kaji, Nikka Whisky International Business Development Manager. “It is 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. The release of Nikka Discovery limited editions 2021 is the initial step to further showcase the depth of Nikka’s whisky-making developed over the years, and our attempt to keep progressing and share more excitement with our valued customers around the world.”

“Once again Nikka Whisky has turned preconceived notions on their head and expanded our palettes with this inaugural two expression release from the ‘Nikka Discovery’ series”, says Hotaling & Co. CEO and President Dan Leese. “Celebrating experimentation, innovation and pushing barriers are hallmarks of this iconic brand and we are excited to bring these distinctive bottlings to whisk(e)y fans and connoisseurs alike across the U.S.”

Both expressions are non-chill filtered and bottled at different ABVs to best enhance their unique characteristics. Limited to 20,000 bottles each worldwide and each sold at a suggest retail price of $274.99.