From legendary Japanese whisky company Nikka, founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, Nikka Gin is made using a Coffey still which, alongside local Japanese botanicals and vibrant juniper, creates a unique, flavourful and complex spirit.
Distilled in Nikka Whisky’s signature “Coffey Still”, the rich and mellow spirit at the heart of this gin is characterized by a luxurious and silky texture. In addition to traditional gin botanicals, its stunning aromatic complexity relies on the refreshing burst of Japanese citrus such as Yuzu, Kabosu, Amanatsu and Shikuwasa, the delicate fruitiness of apples, and pleasantly tangy hints of Japanese Sansho pepper on the finish.
Nose - Loads of citrus fruit to start – yuzu, lemon zest and rich orange juice. Soft and buttery spice is layered underneath. Citrusy and spicy juniper sits between the two, bridging the gap.
Palate - Initially sweet but then the citrus rolls in – layers of fruit, peel and pith. There’s an exoticness to the combination, hinting at a tropical fruit salad, but it’s grounded by soft spice, earthy juniper and a touch of tongue-tingling sansho pepper.
Finish - Spice and citrus peel lead, fading to leave sweet and sour citrus zest.