NIKKA MIYAGIKYO 12 YEARS OLD
This is a single malt from the Miyagikyo distillery, Nikka's second distillery built in 1969. The founder Masataka Taketsuru chose this site in the mountains of Sendai to contrast with his first distillery, Yoichi, located in the coastal area. Using less peaty malt and distilled in a pot still heated by indirect steam, Miyagikyo single malt has an elegant fruitiness and a distinctive aroma with a strong Sherry cask influence.
From Miyagikyo -NIKKA official site
Deep mellow smell and taste take you to the heaven [At Home]
As I had tried drinking NIKKA MiYAGIKYO 15 Years and 12 Years, I decided to buy MIYAGIKYO 15 Years. However its price was too expensive. But 12 years' price was reasonable compared with 15 yrs and I bought this bottle. And I bought non aged MIYAGIKYO at the same time in order to compare these two bottles. Result was ..... completely different. Metaphorically speaking.. a cute girl is non aged MIYAGIKYO and a middle-aged, well educated and sophisticated lady is MIYAGIKYO 12 YEARS OLD.
Please try 12 years if you have chance.
Note: Nikka MIYAGIKYO 10, 12, 15 YEARS OLD has already finished selling because Japanese whisky, especially Taketsuru (Nikka) and Yamazaki (Suntory) has won the prize many times and quite a lot of people want to get them but Japanese Whisky companies do not have adequate inventories of the product to meet such huge demand. If they continue selling, soon Japanese aged whisky vanish.
Here I tried 12 years for the first time. [Bar Wee DRAM]
Here I compared MIYAGIKYO 12 Yrs and Yamazaki 12 Yrs. My impression was that Miyagikyo 12 Yrs was better than Yamazaki 12 Yrs.