First Impression: Nikka Coffey Grain

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In the glass it reveals its beautifully bright golden nature. Take a sniff and WOW! Big hits of Sweet Sweet corn, followed by a rush of very Bourbon-ey vanilla and honey notes. Soft oak influences which accentuate the sweetness. Then a little floral and herbal chamomile tea and some minty specks, peppermint perhaps? The sweet vegetal and grain factor, mainly corn, really stands out and I could have easily mistaken this for a bourbon without the banana and toffee notes!

The palate is beautifully balanced with a sweet and smooth texture almost like sweet corn syrup! But then you get wonderful ripe melons and a little bitter grapefruit as contrast! A rather straightforward whisky in my humble opinion, with a medium finish and a focus again on the corn, honey and vanilla. Really an uncanny resemblance to a good bourbon and i could have easily mistaken it for one in a blind tasting.

Speaking of which sounds like a good idea! Cheers and Slainte!

-CH

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