The latest release from the Japanese distiller is a smooth blend of 1OO% malt whiskies that showcases the contrast and balance from Nikka’s two distilleries: Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The influence of ex-sherry casks remains as the key profile, but the enhanced presence of Yoichi’s malt characteristics helps to further enrich the mouthfeel and smokiness. Aromas of sherry-soaked plums, raisins, green apple slices and honey. On the palate, espresso beans, milk chocolate, tobacco leaf and lingering Sherried fruit. Smoke on the finish with golden barley and a hint of coffee. Suggested retail is $79.99. AVAILABLE FROM Horizon Beverage Company.