Nikka From the Barrel

50cl / 51.4%
  • Japanese Blended Whisky
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.
Blended Whisky


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Clove Clove
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Orange Orange
  • Raspberry Raspberry
  • Walnut Walnut

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.


    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.


    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.

41 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    6 days ago

    This whisky is a gem and it taste marvelous the first time and again and again. Absolutely stunning.

  • 3
    14 November

    Peat overwhelming

  • 4
    22 October

    For the price (especially if you find this at a tax free) this Nikka is just excellent. A good place to start with Japanese whisky.

  • 5
    25 September

    This was introduced into my local, to much disdain until opened & then a lot of people had to swallow their words & it now is one of the regular whiskies behind the bar.

  • 5
    22 August

    Grate whiskey, rec omend to everyone

  • 5
    1 June

    Lovely drink, absolute bargain.

  • 5
    30 May


  • 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.

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