Nikka Whisky is back with another special edition for their Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts: Manzanilla Wood Finish.
This year it's Manzanilla wood, using casks of sherries of the same name that hail from the Spanish port town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The casks were holding the sherry for around 50 years, and Nikka has put their whiskies in them for the past 18 months.
Both Single Malt Yoichi Manzanilla Wood Finish and Single Malt Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish go on sale on September 26. Each is limited to 4000 bottles, available domestically here in Japan. The retail price is set at 15,000 yen. But who are we kidding, it will probably jump up to double that on the first night.
The Yoichi version is described as having tropical fruit notes of papaya and passion fruit, with a sweet shortcake aroma, and bonfire-like peaty finish. The softer Miyagikyo, on the other hand, features dry fruit, coconut, and milk chocolate on the nose, with a slightly bitter cask taste on the tail.
Around this same time last year we saw the release of both Rum Wood Finish and Moscatel Wood Finish editions of the Yoichi and Miyagikyo. So hopefully this is a new yearly trend!
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