Nikka Coffey Gin



Grower: Nikka Distillery
Style: Citrus / Aromatic
Country: Japan
Appellation: Sendai
Spirit Type: Gin
Alcohol: 47% ABV
Closure: CORK
Bottle Size: 70cl

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The extremely fragrant initial bouquet reveals incredibly intense lime and orange blossom. Allowed to breathe, it develops into a more milky (coconut), luscious (juniper), spicy (grey pepper, pink peppercorn) and stone fruit (apricot) register. At once lively and unctuous, the attack reveals new aromatic plants (sage, verbena). On the mid-palate, citrus fruit, lemon in particular, and ripe fruits (apple, pear) take the upper hand before in turn being covered in strong spices (star anise, grated ginger). The mouthwatering finish is like chewing on a liquorice stick. Its verdant character evokes green tea and mint tea. Bitter oranges on the finish, give a vibrant edge.

Masataka Taketsuru, seen as the father of Japanese whisky, was born in 1894 into a family that had been sake producers since 1733. After training as a chemist, he was hired by an Osaka-based company, Settsu Shuzo, which was planning to produce a Japanese whisky. The young Taketsuru was therefore sent to Scotland in 1919 in order to acquire the necessary technical knowledge and a minimum of experience. He studied at Glasgow University, also learning about the art of blending and distilling. He quickly became passionate about this Celtic spirit, and decided to devote his life to it. His dream was to create a malt distillery in Japan. When he returned to Japan in 1920, he realised that the project for which he had been recruited was not going to see the light of day. And, following the 1922 stock market crash, he lost his job. A year later, he joined the Kotobukiya group, for which he built a distillery close to Kyoto. This is how he became the father of the very first Japanese whisky in 1924.



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