This is a single malt from the Miyagikyo distillery, Nikka's second distillery built in 1969. The founder Masatake Taketsuru chose this site in the mountains of Sendai to contrast with his first distillery, Yoichi, located in the coastal area. Using less peaty malt and distilled in a pot still heated by indirect steam, Miyagikyo single malt has an elegant fruitiness and a distinctive aroma with a strong Sherry cask influence.
Nose: Light and fruity, starts off with notes of vanilla and hints of chocolate, followed by apricots and a hint of lemons. Palate: Light-bodied and a bit spicy. Lemon and vanilla flavors come to the fore, followed by chocolate and marzipan. Sweet wood spice is present, and got a whiff of smoke at the end. Finish: Medium long and pleasantly warming. Lemon flavors are again very prominent, together with the nutty and drying, wood spice. Give it a score of 83/100.
It is a craftsman liquor.