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Miyagikyo Whisky

   

Miyagikyo (Sendai) Japanese Single Malt Whisky

The Miyagikyou distillery is in the Northern part of Honshu, Japan's main island. It is run by Nikka, one of the big two Japanese single malt whisky makers. Nikka says that it typically produces "soft and mild" malts, although I am a bit sceptical about the generalisation.

The distillery

Miyagikyou was opened in 1969. Nikka says the site, like that at Yoichi, was chosen by the founding father of Nikka and Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. The distillery sits at the confluence of the Hirosegawa and Nikkawagawa rivers and Taketsuru is said to have decided on the location after tasting the water of the Nikkawagawa. Nikka's publicity says: "Travelling in the area one day, Masataka came upon this site completely enclosed by mountains and sandwiched between two rivers. He immediately knew that this was the perfect site for whisky distilling. Sendai's fresh water, suitable humidity and crisp air produce soft and mild malt." Miyagikyou takes its water from the Nikkawagawa. The coincidence of the name of the river and Nikka's own is just that.

The distillery, which also produces grain whiskies, uses more modern equipment than Yoichi. It has eight stills for malt whisky production and has roughly double the output of its Northern brother. Much of this production must go into the company's blends and vatted malts as its single malt brands are less widely marketed than those of Yoichi. Its setting is a bit less picturesque than Yoichi's and its image slightly less romantic, but I think it would be a mistake to dismiss its products. In my untutored opinion, some of them edge their Yoichi equivalents.
  • Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Wood Finish 2020 The 100th Wedding Anniversary Single Malt Whisky 70 cl 47%
    Item no.: 22227865555-888741
    Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Wood Finish 2020 The 100th Wedding Anniversary Single Malt Whisky 70 cl 47%

    Distillery: Miyagikyou (Sendai)
    Age: NA
    Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 47 %
    70 cl.
    Other: Product of Nikka - from Sendai Miyagikikyo distillery
    • 1pcs.
      254,50EUR
  • Nikka Discovery Miyagikyo Aromatic Yeast 2022 Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 47%
    Item no.: 2227865479-1106-197280322-148
    Distillery: Nikka
    Series: Nikka Discovery
    Vintage: Bottled: 2022
    Age: NA
    Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 47 %
    70 cl.
    Other: Aromatic Yeast 2022
    • 1pcs.
      335,00EUR
  • Nikka Discovery Miyagikyo Peated 2021 Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 48%
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-19727908
    Nikka Discovery Miyagikyo Peated 2021 Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 48%

    This rare 2021 version of Miyagikyo single malt is part of the "Nikka Discovery" series. The whisky offers a pleasant surprise, with the first impression on the nose being a well-balanced aroma of dry peat, a hint of smoke and exotic fruits. The taste offers plenty of warming spices, exotic fruit, vanilla, chocolate and smoke, which can also be sensed in the long aftertaste.

    Distillery: Nikka
    Series: Nikka Discovery
    Age: NA
    Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 48 %
    70 cl.
    Other: Product of Nikka - from Miyagikyo distillery
    • 1pcs.
      335,00EUR
  • Nikka Miyagikyo (Sendai) Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 45%
    Item no.: 22227865403-335
    Distillery: Miyagikyou (Sendai)
    Age: NA
    Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 45 %
    70 cl.
    Other: Product of Nikka - from Sendai Miyagikyo distillery
    • 1pcs.
      87,00EUR
  • Nikka Miyagikyo 10 years old (Sendai) Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 45%
    Item no.: 22227865403-8
    Nikka Miyagikyo 10 years old (Sendai) Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 45%

    The new series from the Sendai distillery - called Nikka's lowlands distillery - where Yoichi is their highlands distillery - is called Miyagikyou. The old version from the distillery - which is now on the verge of extinction - was just called Sendai. Miyagikyo 10 year has flavors of bold fruit, marzipan, dark chocolate and malt with an aftertaste of wood, dry vanilla, salt, spice and a tart tail. A well-balanced and elegant whisky

    Distillery: Miyagikyou (Sendai)
    Age: 10 years
    Country: Japan
    Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 45 %
    70 cl.
    Other: Product of Nikka - from Miyagikyo distillery
    • 1pcs.
      335,00EUR
  • Nikka Miyagikyo 12 years (Sendai) Single Malt Whisky Japan
    Item no.: 22227865403-111
    Nikka Miyagikyo 12 years old (Sendai) Single Malt Japanese Whisky 70 cl 45%

    The new series from the Sendai distillery - called Nikka's lowlands distillery - where Yoichi is their highlands distillery - is called Miyagikyou. The old version from the distillery - which is now on the verge of extinction - was just called Sendai. Miyagikyo 10 year has flavors of bold fruit, marzipan, dark chocolate and malt with an aftertaste of wood, dry vanilla, salt, spice and a tart tail. A well-balanced and elegant whisky

    Distillery: Miyagikyou (Sendai)
    Age: 12 years
    Country: Japan
    Type: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
    Alc. strength: 45 %
    70 cl.
    Other: Product of Nikka - from Miyagikyo distillery
    • 1pcs.
      469,00EUR