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Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

(70cl, 45%)

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

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Nikka Coffey Grain 70cl Bottling Note

Using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery, which were imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963, Nikka have produced a number of single cask single grain whiskies from time to time over the years. This, however, is their larger release of wonderfully exotic single grain whisky. Now in a 70cl bottle! Hooray!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Bourbon-like vanilla and corn notes with a herbal hint of chamomile.

Palate: Sweet, fruity flavours of melon, grapefruit and thick syrup, balanced by crunchy biscuits and fresh vanilla.

Finish: The corn notes, sweet and vibrant, last on the finish.

Overall: Fans of grain whisky should be pretty happy with this, as well as bourbon lovers.

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Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky Reviews

I don't know whether to drink it or dab it behind my ears...

As lovely a scent as any whisky you can name. Light, sweet, fruity flavour reminiscent of apricots, peach and melon. Very smooth (certainly compared with the harsher note of the equally delectable Coffey Malt) and more-ish. Nikka are producing first rate whiskies right now and this is no exception.

25th September 2020

Thumbs upFor this one

Very tasty malt; vanilla and lingering caramel. Slightly sharp on first nip. Well worth it. Thumbs up for this one.

20th May 2020

Another Japanese winner. Becoming a huge fan of Japanese’s whisky and bourbon.

Great taste and smooth finish.

9th May 2020

My favourite Japanese Whisky

This is superb! Lots of flavour, lots of malty goodness and like most Japanese whisky, it's also perfectly balanced - highly recommended!

30th April 2020

Wow corn candy that's not sweet!

Terribly impressed by the Nikka Coffeys, this has corn candy all over it, and yet is smooth for its ABV. Whereas the Coffey Malt imho goes better in the freezer, this is good slightly cool.

23rd February 2020

Coffey malt is more my taste

Perhaps it’s because I had the Coffey malt first but was a little disappointed in this one. The Coffey malt was smooth wit citrus notes, malty, with vanilla and slight toffee note. The Coffey grain has a harsh ethonol smell behind it, heavy corn and not as smooth.

10th February 2020


Golden hue colour veering into amber. After allowing the whisky a moment to settle slowly swirl it around the tumbler whilst gently nosing it. The nose offers ripe mango and banana with accents of honey and syrup. On the palate we have flavours of nectarine and pineapple then comes fudge and toffee. The finish is magnificent with notes of vanilla and oak omnipresent culminating in a indulgent yet clean flavour profile. Great Japanese whisky. Enjoy neat.

1st January 2020


On review. Golden hue colour veering into amber. After allowing the whisky a moment to settle slowly swirl it around the tumbler whilst gently nosing it. On the nose we have ripe mango and banana with accents of honey and syrup. The palate offers flavours of nectarine and pineapple then comes fudge and toffee. The finish is magnificent with notes of vanilla and oak omnipresent culminating in a indulgent yet clean flavour profile. Great Japanese whisky. Enjoy neat.

30th December 2019


Very good and tasty

30th November 2019

Like an Andy Warhol exhibition.

Had high expectations, albeit my first grain whisky. Massive initial fumes, like sticking your head over a vat. Gently, vanilla and unmistakably corn. Not as sweet as bourbon, fresher, more contemporary taste. Smooth, and spicy, with plenty of citrus. And for the briefest of moments, a Christmassy (?) taste that took me ages to work out and not completely convinced: wholegrain mustard?

Let it breathe. The tiniest, most miniscule drop of water if you must, otherwise its easily lost.

Will stay in the collection for a while I think. A decent one for impressing guests who liked to be impressed. Good looking bottle.

14th November 2019

Well rounded

A little on the sweeter side, but smooth as heck

26th October 2019

OK but so many better things out there

Is it me or does it smell like paint stripper? I've purchased lots of hakushu 12, yamazaki 12, hibiki 17, youichi 15 and a few other classics which I have enjoyed but this is pretty raw and i guess nasty so expected. Most bourbon smokes this too... I know not the same but bang for buck it doesnt deliver.

20th July 2019


Agree with the bourbon comments. Usually a Speyside fan and tried this after being so impressed with their From the Barrel, it's excellent and different to any other whisky I've tried.

15th June 2019

Very good

Complex, balanced, layered - an excellent one

9th June 2019


Scent is of butterscotch and Christmas pudding. Tastes of honey and maple syrup with notes of caramel. Luxurious toffee chewy end. Great Japanese whisky.

7th June 2019


Deliciously sweet on the first sip. Definitely reminiscent of a bourbon.

18th May 2019

You won’t regret picking up a bottle

I am not an expert in whiskey, but the reviews here + a few YouTube reviews convinced me to try. I live in Japan and the bottle was on sale.

Amazing. Smooth, slightly sweet, and flavors I’ve never tasted in a whiskey. Worth the price.

26th April 2019

Enjoyable Citric Toffee

Nose was rather full mainly with notes of brown sugar and lemon zest also cereal and vanilla. Fumes can be a tad overpowering at first so I'd say let it breathe a moment.

Palate definitely has notes like a bourbon at first, caramel and vanilla. But then to my delight citrus came flying through, giving it a fresh feel.

The finish is quite lean, more notes of brown sugar, toffee and vanilla. It has an easy burn that picks up strength afterwards.

It is a pleasant dram, I like the idea of a bourbon-like whisky that has balancing notes of cereal and that delightful citrus. I still think Nikka Coffey Malt is more enjoyable personally. Let it breathe after pouring or decant it if you are brave.

Also, "Coffey" is the name of the still, nothing to do with coffee.

31st January 2019

Nice whiskey

Oh my, I taste corn, but this ain't like the bourbon I remember from my almost mispent youth. This whisky is f×cking amazing.

16th November 2018

Try it!

Reminiscent of a good (legal) moonshine such as Stillhouse at the first taste. Later, the vanilla comes out and I thought I was drinking an añejo rum. Recommend a few drops of cold water to open it up. Delicious!

3rd August 2018


Sweet, thick and lasting vanilla taste. Love it.

29th March 2018


A truly unique whisky. You'll think "Coffey" is a misspelling, because it kind of tastes like a Frappuccino. I know that may not be the most educated way of describing a whiskey, but seriously, that's what it tastes like.

Know anyone who says they don't like whisky? Drop an ice cube into a finger or two of this and watch their eyes open. This is the smoothest whisky I've ever had in my life. And 90 proof with no heat! How did they do it?

11th January 2018

Great service

The best service ever, very, very polite helpful staff, amazing service and I am told amazing product, will definitely recommend this company

2nd January 2018

Very impressed

Very impressed with this whisky. I am a 12yo Redbrest man but this certainly give it a run. Can't find it in Dublin which is a pity...

18th December 2017

Smooth, sweet, round

I bought a bottle of this at a Whisky tasting event. I had never tried Japanese Whisky before and was on a mission! I was surprise by this one - normally I prefer malts but this grain whisky is smooth and round, slightly sweet vanilla-like and a long lasting pleasant aftertaste. Love it.

8th November 2017


Ignore the previous review. As a Scotsman with a large selection of malts in my cabinet I can honestly say this is the nicest whisky I have ever had.

16th September 2017


It tastes about the same like american grain whiskey. Only costs twice as much.

30th June 2017

One to keep on hand

Deep and rich nose packed with stone fruits, berries, caramel, and vanilla. Definitely sweet but a presence of grass and soil is noticeable. The taste is delicate, refined, and complex, but the real star of this whisky is the finish! Expect a flavor bomb of vanilla and oak that lasts and lasts like it was shot out of a cannon. It just keeps going. A real hidden gem of a whisky.

13th June 2017

A sure thing - very tasty.

Very nice, mellow whisky. Definitely toward a bourbon with hints of vanilla and caramel. It's a great one to introduce to whisky novices. I'm not sure how it compares to Nikka from the barrel - alas they don't ship that one to the states.

1st February 2017

Overall great

Smells hard core, goes in full of flavor, goes down smooth, aside from the hard liquor small, overall great.

12th January 2017

Caramelized sugars & butter on toast

Smell like a brandy, spicy, white grape, apple, brown sugar, burnt sugar, caramel, hints of maple syrup, buttery, decadent, sugar sweet, cologne, toasted wheat bread. To me this whiskey amounts to sweet caramelized sugars and butter smeared on some toasted wheat bread. Very tasty, my only complaints are the price ($59.99 700ml) and NAS.

3rd September 2016

Cambridge Whisky Nut says:

One of the most unusual and intriguing whiskies out there... But oh so good! It was a favorite at a recent tasting I hosted. Beginners and connoisseurs alike loved the harmony of the smells and flavours of this. The tasting notes from the chaps on this site are spot on to give you a good idea. Fantastic buy!

28th July 2016


The Japanese whiskies I had tasted never satisfied me (i.e. Hibiki 18, Miyagikyo 10). But I was really impressed by this one. It's a bit like the King Car Conductor but less overpowering sweetness, bourbon influences but more herbal and with a Fino-feeling/taste to it. I usually drink sherrybombs but this one may become a standard bottle in my collection.

1st June 2016

Like a very good bourbon

I bought a sample of this after trying Compass Box Hedonism and being impressed, as I'd never tried grain whisky before. It's nothing like Hedonism, but is very delicious, like a fine bourbon with hints of vanilla and toffee. I prefer this to Nikka From The Barrel, which is also very good, but this seems much smoother. Highly recommended.

13th May 2016

Really enjoyed it...

Had this at a small bar in San Francisco last business trip. Really enjoyed it. I'm new to whisk(e)y and previously enjoyed bourbons much more. This reminds me of a nice mellow, very smooth bourbon. I drink mine with a nice whisky ice cube that slowly melts and as it adds a little water to the whisky, it really opens up. Definitely one of my smoother drinking Japanese whisky experiences. Price is also quite reasonable with good availability for a Japanese whisky.

30th March 2016

Surprisingly good

I tasted this one this Christmas and I love it. It did three things to me, the same things that a good single malt, a 20 year old port and a smooth cognac do, but all at once ... dark, light and then thick with a memory sweet, all rolled into one?
Mind you I usually drink the highland stuff and peated to the core, this isn't that, but this is rather good.

7th January 2016


I think it's up there with some of the better bourbons. That said, good bourbon can be had for $40 at cask strength, so the price is pretty high. Is there some rye or something else in here? Maybe, not sure; it's been a while since I've had a bourbon to compare against. Still, an interesting novelty.

11th December 2015

Just tried this


11th December 2015

Coffey Grain *and* Coffey Malt

More cousins than sisters - Both the Coffey Grain and the Coffey Malt are wonderful. The real opportunity for an aficionado is to have both bottles. You can have a great celebration simply tasting both in the same evening. I always bring both bottles to the table when we have company!

17th August 2015

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