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.
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.

54 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    6 days ago

    Creamy mandarin orange zest, cloves and liquorice. Absolutely superb with a little ice and water.

  • 5
    14 November

    Rich, and silk at the front, sweet at the end. Need water in it. Fantastic, highly adviced.

  • 5
    9 November

    Beautifull peppery spice on the first sip. Mellow chocolate finish. Add a splash of distilled water and the profile does backflips. Orange vanilla and a tamed spicyness are revealed. Thank you Nikka.

  • 5
    27 October

    Had a dram of this last night at The Grill in Aberdeen, and immediately bought a bottle. A superb whisky.

  • 5
    12 August


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    8 August


  • 5
    7 August

    I use this Whisky for a cocktail with King's Gingor Liquor, Kalamanzi Puree and Shiso Syrup and that's just an amazing combination

  • 5
    24 July

    25 years from now, Japanese whisky will rule the spirit world. They simply do EVERYTHING better.

  • 4
    17 July

    The person might be mistaking "peat" flavour in this for the old-woody notes. There is little peat, and this whisky at this alcohol level can't be beat.

  • 4
    1 July

    Rich with vanilla and orange, hint of smoke, easy on the tongue, fantastic over a little ice.

  • 4
    11 June

    I got this because of the high alcohol content as I was having four tooth extractions,does taste any stronger.very smooth.wouldn't buy again as I love my dalwhinnie to much.good though

  • 5
    30 April

    great !

  • 4
    4 March

    You can't believe it's that good! Smells delicious, rich, lingers, smooth. Makes my Ballantine 18 year old blend taste anaemic in comparison. (the person below who said "peat overwhelming" has no tongue, there is little peat in this)!

  • 5
    25 November 2015

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

  • 3
    14 November 2015

    Peat overwhelming

  • 4
    22 October 2015

    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 2015

    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 2015

    Grate whiskey, rec omend to everyone

  • 5
    1 June 2015

    Lovely drink, absolute bargain.

  • 5
    30 May 2015


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