Nikka Discovery: Yoichi Non-Peated and Miyagikyo Peated REVIEW

Updated: Jan 16




Welcome to one of the world’s first reviews of the Nikka Discovery Series Vol 1, featuring Yoichi Non-Peated and Miyagikyo Peated.


The Nikka Discovery series is Nikka’s new project - their equivalent of the Essence of Suntory Whisky series. It lets drinkers enjoy some of their rare whisky-making experiments and challenges Nikka convention.


Nikka Whisky's Single Malt Yoichi and Single Malt Miyagikyo are their two representative single malts from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distillery respectively. Once upon a time, there was a range of Yoichi and Miyagikyo aged malts including the 10, 12 and 15 year, and a Yoichi-only 20-year statement. Now they’re all gone, leaving just the no age statement versions.


The current no age statement Yoichi and Miyagikyo whiskies were released in Japan in 2015 and in Europe and the US in 2016 - a reformulation of the previous NAS versions.


How do these premium versions, made with a unique malt profile, stack up? We put them head-to-head in this whisky review on Kanpai Planet! As usual, expect lots of historic tidbits and other edutainment in true Kanpai Planet fashion.


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