Coffey in an old fashioned? Yes and no...
The Old Fashioned cocktail is a great way to dress up a whiskey without overwhelming it with other ingredients, so let's talk about some whisky/ウイスキー. When I discovered the Nikka Coffey Malt Whiskey, my first thought was: can you even malt coffee? The answer to that question seems to be technically no (coffee isn't a grain), but a maybe for brewing intents and purposes (could germinated green coffee mash be a thing? @methodbrewing? @sevenstills ?).
Regardless of the answer, it's the wrong question, because the Nikka Coffey Whisky's have nothing to do with coffee! They are produced on a column still called a Coffey still. Column distillation was invented for efficiency reasons, but it is also a tool to get different flavors than pot still. Generally speaking the column distillation takes out more flavors from the mash, leaving a lighter and less funky product. Both methods make delicious alcohols, but this is a unique selling point for the Nikka brand which, along with most Japanese whisky, is normally made in the Scotch-style.
2oz Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky
3 dashes dashfire old fashioned bitters
2 barspoons Brandymel
Stir and garnish with orange twist
The Nikka on its own has a nice light body with a sweet flavor and just a little bit of wood on the end. The allspice and clove from the bitters, the honey from the Brandymel, and the citrus from the twist all play very nicely with it. I may just have to make another one...
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