The Nikka 12 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Japanese Blended Whisky
The Nikka 12 Year Old
Web Exclusive Price £94.55 £78.79 ex VAT (£135.07 per litre)
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The product of two distilleries (Yoichi and Miyagikyo), The Nikka 12 is a well-balanced blend. There's green-apple freshness, rich fruitcake spiciness, butterscotch and some green-peppercorn punch. Another winner from Nikka.
12 Year Old
Blended Whisky


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Nutmeg Nutmeg
  • Apple Apple
  • Fruit Cake Fruit Cake
  • Toffee Toffee
  • Butterscotch Butterscotch

The Nikka 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Old gold with orange hue.

    Nose: Sleek and refined. A perfect balance of fruits, malted barley, beeswax and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), the first nose is very full. The nose then evolves on softer fruit and herbal notes (moss, lichen), a sign of great maturity, and lingers on citrus aromas (orange, lemon).

    Palate: Both lively and serene. Dark chocolate provides the backbone of mouth-watering bitterness. On one end, the malted barley extends to earthier notes, while on the other, fresh fruits (apple, prunes, mirabelle and greengage plums, pear) are reminiscent of a plentiful harvest. With air, honeyed and floral notes (lilac, lilly of the valley) make their appearance.

    Finish: Long, suave. At first, coconut milk and red berries (strawberry, raspberry) stretch out across the palate. In the back of the mouth, candied fruit (pineapple, clementine) accentuate the pleasant freshness, while the retro-olfaction is marked by tobacco and liquorice notes. The empty glass offers a glimpse at a variety of flowers.


  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Punchy and spicy, with green peppercorns battling it out with red fruits, butterscotch and nutmeg. Precise and poised.

    Palate: Rich, clean fruit – greengages and Granny Smith apples. Vibrant fruit-cake notes with a hint of toffee and sweet spice to smooth things out.

    Finish: Very fresh despite the richness, this is a class act. Refreshing and moreish.

    Comment: Beautifully balanced between tempting sweetness and refreshing fruit. Lovely stuff.

3 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    9 days ago

    Absolutely fantastic – a winner for me from the Nikka range! Lovely what the Japanese are doing with their blends..

  • 5
    20 January

    Great blend of two fantastic distilleries.

  • 5
    23 November 2015

    A seriously tasty blended whisky. I thoroughly enjoyed this blend. I am not big on smoke/peat whiskey, so this was the perfect mating of flavors for me. Really pleased.