The Nikka 12 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Japanese Blended Whisky
The Nikka 12 Year Old
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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.

13 Customer Reviews

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  • 2
    12 September

    Outrageously smooth, but at the expense of complexity. Felt empty on the palate – one-dimensional and, frankly, boring.

  • 5
    18 July

    Very smooth, yet still has plenty of richness and complexity

  • 5
    21 January 2018

    Beautiful flavors, amazing whiskey. Best japanese whiskey I've had hands down Really smooth with fantastic depth of flavor. Highly recommended!

  • 5
    12 January 2018

    I try the Nikka 12 year with two off my friend. We Love it , it was smooth n all the favor off Japanese Whiskey.

  • 5
    13 December 2017

    Bought as a gift to celebrate an advance achievement. The engraving message was a hit & popping the top created a smile the honoree never lost! Thanks

  • 5
    4 November 2017

    Bought this as Gift for my Dad. This was 4th purchase from TWE. Great stuff and worth every penny.

  • 5
    7 July 2017

    Creat taste, handy present.

  • 5
    5 July 2017

    Oh la la - Amazing dram! can see this one making history - lovely 12 year old! Apple, spice and sweet toffee/butterscotch - lovely dessert dram mmm

  • 5
    25 June 2017

    Best Japanese whiskey so far. Very sweet and smooth.

  • 5
    17 May 2017

    This is an exceptional whisky, lots of depth and layers, my brother bought this me for my 50th, it's a whisky I can taste an hour after sipping it. I love it. Thanks Bro.

  • 5
    19 April 2017

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

  • 5
    20 January 2017

    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.