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10 Apr 2013

Nikka Miyagikyo 2002 (cask #101127)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Japan

A sherry butt filled 13/12/2002 and bottled 04/07/2012, which makes it one of the youngest Miyagikyo single casks I’ve seen so far.

 

Miyagikyo 2002 #101127Nikka Miyagikyo 9 yo 2002 (62%, OB 2012, refill butt #101127, 517 btl.)

Nose: full of juicy barley, vanilla cake and marzipan. Oranges, pineapple and apple compote. Buttercups and Lilies of the Valley. Also a very delicate Manzanilla kind of coastal note, but overall definitely fruity and rounded. Mouth: just as bright and wow, very punchy. Lots of honey, yellow plums, apricot jam and whitecurrants. Lemon zest. Youngish malt, slightly candied. Some fresh oak, plenty of pepper and ginger, and again a salty edge. Finish: medium long, with the same flavours and a light liquorice dryness.

Beautiful Miyagikyo, a vibrant cask that was certainly not too young to be bottled. It comes at an exaggerated price though. Around € 160, still available in several stores.

Score: 88/100

Nikka Miyagikyo 2002 (cask #101127) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-04-10

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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