The Coffey still, the world’s first patented continuous still invented by Mr. Aeneas Coffey in 1830, was the type of still Nikka's founder Masataka Taketsuru learned in Scotland. Masataka valued the feature of this type of still, which retains the flavors of ingredients and also creates a distinctive texture. In 1963, a Coffey column still was imported from Scotland for the production of quality grain whisky, a necessity for enhancing Nikka’s blends. A second Coffey still was imported in 1967. The Coffey still, while meticulous to operate and not efficient, is best known to produce distillates with a distinctly soft and round mouthfeel, rich body and texture, and long after taste. The Coffey distillates are a key component for Nikka, both in its blended whiskies and the Coffey Range.
Coffey Vodka is a vodka with flavor and texture. The secret behind this extremely smooth mouthfeel and delicate taste is the quality of Coffey distillates and the preciseness in blending. Corn and barley are separately distilled into various batches with slight difference in ABV and taste profile. These batches are carefully blended by experts and then refined with white birch charcoal. This vodka with zesty notes, rich sweetness and milky mouthfeel perfectly captures the exquisite fullness brought by the Coffey stills.