Coffey Still Innovation

Coffey Still Innovation


Named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey, this traditional 2-column continuous “Coffey still” produces quality grain whiskies initially intended for blended whiskies. First imported from Scotland in 1963, Nikka has remained faithful to these traditional stills, which retain more character and impart a distinct texture compared to more efficient, modern multi-column designs. Operating these old stills requires a special expertise, which Nikka has continued to cultivate over the years.


While the distillation process can be traced to Nikka’s historical roots, innovative applications of these techniques are where the creative process takes place. This is especially true for the Nikka Coffey range, which started with a bold move to release a pure Coffey-distilled grain whisky bottling in 2012, followed by a Coffey-distilled 100% malt whisky two years later.

The success of these two whiskies inspired Nikka to extend the “Coffey” range, and showcase the characteristics of the unique distillate through different spirit categories. It was more than 3 years ago that Nikka’s Chief Blender Tadashi Sakuma created the first prototype of “Coffey” gin.


Since the development officially started in early 2016, countless trials were carried out in order to finally achieve their ideal base spirits and blending formulas. Corn and malt are distilled separately, and then blended to precision at different ratios for the two expressions.

Rather than using a neutral base spirit, Nikka relied on their expertise in Coffey still distillation and their founder Masataka Taketsuru’s legacy of blending expertise to develop truly original additions to the gin and vodka categories.


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.


This refined vodka is the purest expression of the signature “Coffey Stills” which produce Nikka Whisky’s outstanding grain whiskies. With decades of experience in distilling white spirits as well as whisky, Nikka’s vodka perfectly captures the extremely smooth and delicate taste of the Coffey-distilled corn and barley spirits. Each spirit is distilled separately and skillfully blended.
The formula is perfected with minimal filtration using white birch charcoal to deliver precise balance and mellow texture.


An essential component of Nikka Whisky’s blends, the Coffey Grain is a single grain whisky, distilled mainly from corn in a Coffey still located at the Miyagikyo distillery. Exotic, fruity and unique, it offers a new perspective on grain whisky.


Is the result of a unique distillation process in “Coffey” type column stills, which are normally used for grain whisky production.
As such, this unique 100% Coffey malt is categorized as a grain whisky, and offers a surprisingly rich texture with deep oaky notes.

Unfortunately these great products are not available in South Africa as legilation does not allow the import of 70cl bottles into the country.

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