[Review] Single Malt Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish

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Nikka WhiskyMiyagikyo Distillery

In contrast to the powerful and masculine “Single Malt Yoichi” the “Single Malt Miyagikyo” has a gorgeous and light taste, and its delicate feminine flavor is finished in a dry sherry cask.


1. Manufacturer

Nikka whisky corporation

Head office location4-31, Minami-Aoyama 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8616, Japan
Owned distilleriesYoichi Distillery, Miyagikyo Distillery, Ben Nevis Distillery

2. Distillery

Miyagikyo Distillery

Address 1, Nikka, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture 989-3433, Japan
Start of operation 1969

It has been about 30 years since the first distillery was started in Yoichi, Hokkaido. Masataka Taketsuru, who believed that “whisky becomes richer and more flavorful when it is blended with raw materials from different distilleries” desperately needed a second distillery. Taketsuru chose Miyagikyo in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. It is a lush green gorge blessed with two clear streams, the Hirose River and the Shin River. When Taketsuru visited this place for the first time, he drank some of his Black Nikka in the clear water of the Shin River and confirmed the taste. It is said that he decided to build the distillery on the spot. The pride of the Miyagi Gorge Distillery is its “café-style continuous distiller. At the time of its introduction, this distiller was already considered obsolete. Because it was an old-fashioned distillation machine, it was prone to leaving behind miscellaneous flavors, but Taketsuru chose to use this old-fashioned distillation machine because the technology could transform them into the original aroma and sweetness of the ingredients. At the Miyagikyo Distillery, people who have inherited Taketsuru’s passion are still continuing to make various attempts to make whisky taste better.


Image credit: Miyagikyo Distillery|NIKKA WHISKY

For more information on Miyagikyo Distillery, please see also this article.

3. Product name and photo

Single Malt Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish 

4. Characteristics

“Single Malt Miyagikyo” , which has a gorgeous and light taste, is further matured in Manzanilla barrels, and features a harmonious taste of mild sweetness and soft bitterness. It has a sweet aroma reminiscent of dried fruits, coconut, and milk chocolate, and a slightly bitter aftertaste derived from the cask.
This is a wine with the floral and fruity characteristics of Speyside, plus the black berries and plums from the sherry casks.
This is a well-balanced bottle of Miyagikyo, which is said to be feminine, with the added aroma of dry sherry barrels.
Manzanilla is a dry sherry that is aged in the Sanlúcar de Barrameda region of southern Spain. The Sanlúcar de Barrameda area is located by the sea, and the sherry casks, which are fully influenced by the sea, have been matured for more than 50 years using the solera system (wine splicing), and also using the precious barrel material “American white oak”, which can be said to be a very special whisky.

4-1. Tasting Notes

AromaSweet and sour aroma of dried fruits and shortcake.
TasteSoft taste with sweetness.
AftertasteBittersweet aftertaste of peat

(Source: Asahi Breweries, Ltd. )

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content48%
Alcohol categorySingle malt whisky
Cask TypeManzanilla cask
Number of bottles sold4,000 bottles
Suggested retail price16,500 yen (tax included)
Release dateSeptember 26, 2018 (Wednesday)

5. Awards

There is no award history at this time.

6. Price

6-1 Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Product nameSingle Malt Miyagi Gorge Manzanilla Wood Finish
Suggested Retail PriceTax included: 16,500 yen

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

It has a pre-price of about 25,000 yen (*as of February 17, 2021) on Mercari, but there are zero items on Mercari because it is not available in the first place.

6-3. Yahoo Auction Sold Price

The winning bid price on Yahoo Auction is Lowest bidder: 22,002 yen, highest bidder: 71,000 yen, average bidder: 36,866 yen (*Statistics for the past 120 days as of February 17, 2021)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

It is also available at the mail order site at About 35,000 yen You can get it at

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At “BAR SHINKAI”, which is operated by this site, it is available at 1 glass, 45ml: 5,500 yen, 30ml: 3,740 yen, 15ml: 1,870 yen It is available at.

7. Summary

It has a unique sulfuric aroma, so it is not so much for beginners or easy drinkers, but for those who want to feel the new charm of Miyagikyo.
Although the aroma is unique, the gentle mild sweetness of Miyagikyo appears on the palate.
If Yoichi is masculine and Miyagikyo is feminine, Manzanilla Wood is neutral.
The fact that it is so tricky makes it even more premium.
If you’re used to drinking Miyagikyo, you should definitely give it a try.

Please check out the other articles about single malt Miyagikyo.




Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whisky and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whisky and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whisky? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whisky in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

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