Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt is a smoky non-age-statement (NAS) whisky by The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. I ran into this Japanese whisky on a whisky fair in Turku, Finland. So these are quick tasting notes based on rapid sampling.
So the whisky comes from Nikka Group’s youngest distillery, the Miyagikyo distillery. This is a single malt but Nikka uses Miyagikyo’s malt whisky for blending purposes as well. This expression replaced the previous NAS version, which was also called Miyagikyo Single Malt. It has also replaced their remaining age stated expressions, because demand for Japanese whisky remains ever so strong. That’s why the prices for Japanese whisky are extremely high.
This newer version is said to be made with whiskies spanning various ages. Hinting that there might be even older whiskies included than with the previous NAS release. It’s been primarily matured in sherry casks. I couldn’t find more information on the casks but my guess is that the smaller part of the maturation comes from Japanese Mizunara oak casks (Quercus mongolica).