Nose: Maintains a lovely fruity combination that is typical of Miyagikyo - persimmon jam, golden delicious apples, and soft banana slices from tinned fruit salad. Definitely carries aromas for warmer weather opposed to winter. Fair to say this holds a sweet nose, which includes strawberry icing sugar pushing through to caramelized cinnamon sugar glaze once past the fruit. Regardless of knowing - one could easily think that there is little if not no grain at all in this, very clean. Plain corn chips. Right at the end there is the slightest tease of peat.
Taste: Lightly bodied and extremely easy drinking. Retains a reasonably mild spiced fruit chutney and nutmeg mouth feel. Under ripe (semi-green) strawberries are evident along with a mellow creamy custard. More fruits are evident initially but they begin to quickly fade away before you can differentiate characteristics.
Finish: Short to moderate with mildly spiced walnuts and leaf vegetables. No distinguishable fruit here unfortunately. Here is where the grain becomes evident but nevertheless it is very respectable.
Comment: Ends a bit too quick but nevertheless this is another Nikka blend that deserves the "thumbs up"! This would shine much more at 43% and be a stellar blend at anything higher. This blend can only be purchased at the distillery and comes in 500 / 700mls respectively.