Distiller: Nikka Miyagikyo
Type: Single Malt Whisky
The 8th of January 1920, Nikka’s founder Masataka Takesturu married Jessie Roberta Cowan, better known as Rita, in Glasgow.
This year Nikka wishes to commemorate their 100th wedding anniversary with this limited edition.
This Miyagikyo single malt has been finished in Apple Brandy barrels and bottled in 2020. Apples are a strong symbol for Nikka and often associated with the relationship between Rita & Masataka Taketsuru, as he started his business activity with the production of apple juices and jams while awaiting the maturation of his first whiskies.
- Nose: Charming, complex. A perfectly rounded first nose that subtly combines apple, vanilla, and honey with slight notes of sage and verbena. Evolving on notes of stewed or baked apples, a captivating woodiness blends in, arriving with spicy notes, such as ginger and cinnamon.
- Palate: Creamy and lively, the attack perfectly replicates the nuances of the aromatic palette, while mid-palate is remarkably malty, revealing an outstanding freshness. Gradually, the palette becomes all the more exotic - pineapple, lychee, and kiwi develop as the entire palate is coated with acacia honey.
- Aftertaste: Long, alluring. With just a hint of salt, the finish manifests itself with hay and malt, while plush tannins gently tighten the taste buds. The aftertaste is of herbal tea, with rosemary, mint, and linden tree flowers adding a floral dimension overall. The empty glass evokes some notes of toasted wood such as oak, cypress and pine.