Nikka from the Barrel is big-boned and bursting with character. Not averse to a drop of water, either. A real star, winning top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010. Japanese whisky producer Nikka was founded in 1934 and has become Japan’s second largest distiller, producing a large range of single malts and blended whiskies between its two distilleries – Yoichi and Miyagikyo.
NOSE: Spicy and peppery, but there’s a richness behind it, with spicy oak and soft orange fruitiness, and soft vanilla notes from the bourbon cask.
PALATE: Grainy sweetness and candied orange peel, quite rich, accompanied by rich cinnamon and clove.
FINISH: Great balance, this really needs a little water to allow the flavours to unfurl.
COMMENT: Characterful stuff, this whisky has plenty of personality, and shows a delightful balance between the spicy pepperiness and rich citrus fruit.