Like so many other Japanese age statement bottlings the Miyagikyo 12yo has been discontinued by Nikka. Due to the sudden rise in popularity of Japanese whisky, stocks have dwindled, forcing the big distillers to all but pull age statements from the shelves. Rumour has it that this shortage could last for another 8 years before stock levels are restored.
Luckily, I had the opportunity to sample this whisky @whiskyandalement before it completely slips away into Japanese myth.
On the nose the @miyagikyo12 has very light, fresh aromas. It's a delightful mix of cut flowers, hints of yuzu and what comes through as burnt caramel. Overall it has an enticing oriental sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is very light, which is to be expected from Miyagikyo, with fresh fruits and apple in perfect balance with the spiced oak notes. The finish, although short, brings memories of fruit salad on hot summer nights with a hint of smoke and oak spice sitting perfectly in the background. This is a great summer dram.
If you see a bottle of the Miyagikyo 12yo sitting on the shelves of your favourite waterhole I would suggest you order one promptly. That, however, would be a blanket statement for all Japanese bottlings with an age statement. You never know if you will encounter these endangered species in the wild again 🥃