Nikka From the Barrel

50cl / 51.4%
  • Japanese Blended Whisky
Nikka From the Barrel
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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.

Country
Japan
Type
Blended Whisky

Nikka From the Barrel Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    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.

  • Tasting Notes by Dr Whisky

    Tasted with Tante Anne. Her notes appear in quotes.

    TASTING NOTES:

    Bubble gum, dry sherry, and a zip of orange zest. Evaporated milk, sweet caramel chews.
    'Smells Japanese. Like old wooden Japanese homes' (she has spent a lot of time in Japan).

    Minty sherry oak and plastic bags. Walnuts, raspberry seeds, delicious bittersweet notes like slices of Gala apples. Very dry finish with some pine and a cocoa smokiness.

    SUMMARY:

    Nose opened up with time and patience and made varied impressions. Water dulled the impact on the palate but helped discriminate between flavours. A very impressive package in a very impressive package. And another rich but affordable Japanese whisky. There is something Aberlour and Teaninich about it.

    Tried it as a mizuwari (served with water and ice) and it was gentle, but with a surprisingly complex array of flavours from brioche to cherries to chocolatey smoke.

36 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    1 June

    Lovely drink, absolute bargain.

  • 5
    30 May

    Delicious!

  • 5
    27 May

    So far I have yet to find anyone who is not impressed with this superb product.....packed with flavour and a carrying a velvet punch...highly recommended

  • 5
    25 April

    One of the best: Complex palate, lots of oak, vanilla, small notes of smoke. Very little bite for a Whisky bottled at 51%, & surprisingly mature. My first Japanese Whisky, and very encouraging. With water and (perhaps ice? (Hersey, I know)) this could be a nice dram for a summer day.

  • 5
    27 March

    I could never appreciate sipping raw whiskey until I found this gem. I''ve tried so many Scottish high-end expensive whiskeys, but this is the smoothest and it''s not even technically scotch! If you want a nice, fruity, spicy whiskey without the taste of dirt (peat), this is a great choice.

  • 5
    26 February

    So so smooth, easy to drink. My new favourite whisky

  • 5
    20 December 2014

    The best Japenese I have ever tasted!

  • 5
    28 November 2014

    Love this whisky - easy to drink with a really nice mix of subtle flavours. Not one that will blow your mind but definitely one you can drink lots of as it''s really moorish

  • 4
    11 October 2014

    I wan't impressed at first and thought the Sutory Hibiki 12yo was far superior. I normally don't add water to my drink with only Aberlour's A'bunadh getting that treatment. It totally transforms it. I'd say it doesn't reveal any extra tasting notes, but utterly enhances all the ones mentioned while reducing the alcohol hit, which was pretty much all you got when neat. More mint, which I didn't think I'd like. Lots more oak and spice. fabulous.

  • 5
    24 June 2014

    A great fathers day present. One that any dad would appreciate having a sip of.

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