September 18, 2013 – After its initial launch in the U.S. market last year, Japan’s Nikka Whisky is expanding its range of whiskies in the U.S. with four additional exports. All four have been available in other markets around the world, receiving good reviews and awards.
The Miyagikyo 12-year-old single malt, 17 and 21-year-old Taketsuru Pure Malts (known as Blended Malts in other countries), and the Coffey Grain whisky join the Yoichi 15-year-old single malt and Taketsuru 12-year-old Pure Malt in the U.S. lineup starting this month.
The entire range is being imported by San Francisco-based Anchor Distilling. In a news release, Anchor president David King cited the success of the first two Nikka releases in the U.S. market.
“Japanese whisky is ready to breakthrough in the U.S. We already have a thriving whisky culture and when people discover the quality of the Nikka liquids they will be smitten.”
The Miyagikyo single malt comes from Nikka’s Miyagikyo distillery in Sendai, along with the Coffey Grain whisky. Nikka has a pair of Coffey stills at Miyagikyo along with its pot stills, and uses them primarily to produce grain whisky for its blends. The Taketsuru Pure Malts are blended from single malt whiskies produced at Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. The Yoichi distillery was Nikka’s original distillery, and is located in Hokkaido.
For Mark Gillespie’s tasting notes on these whiskies, please visit the Tasting Notes area of WhiskyCast.com.