Nikka Whisky is made at two separate Japanese unique distilleries, ‘Yoichi’ and ‘Miyagikyo’
Of Nikka’s two malt whisky distilleries, Yoichi produces rich, peaty and masculine malt. The whisky gets its distinct aroma and body from direct heating distillation, in which the pot stills are heated with finely powdered natural coal, the traditional method that is hardly ever used today, even in Scotland.
Miyagikyo’s location was selected for whisky production because of its clean air, just the right humidity for storage, and abundant underground water filtered through a layer of peat.
500 ml, 51.4% abv, JapanWhisky From The Barrel forms part of a series of vatted whiskies that are released by Nikka. Vatted whiskies are produced using single malts that are mixed together. These single malts may be of differing ages and from different distilleries. They are similar to blended whiskies in this respect, but blends include whisky made from other grains. Vatted whiskies only include single malt whisky produced from malted barley. In this case, Nikka have used different ages of single malt from both Miyagikyo and Yoichi and married them together over time. "Whisky From The Barrel" is a multi award winning whisky, including scooping the Best Japanese Blended/Vatted Whisky prize at The World Whisky Awards 2007 and 2010.
This Blend is produced with grain and malt from Miyagikyo and malt from Yoichi distillery. Nikka from the barrel is matured in first fill bourbon casks.