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.

93 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    15 November

    Top of the Japanese whiskey! Full taste and smooth

  • 5
    9 November

    Superb whisky. Bold and cultured. At this price my current favourite non-Islay. Bit of the bourbon cask comes through then lots of fennel, salt and a bit of purchase booze. Jubbly.

  • 5
    29 October

    Rich Costa Rican coffee and chocolate with a faint whiff of oloroso sherry to the nose. On the palate: without water oranges seep through the coffee with a tincture of cinnamon. It opens up its secrets of cloves with a little water. Afterwards, a memory of grilled orange peel and cinnamon

  • 5
    17 October

    This is an awesome blended whisky. Full of taste, yet stil very smooth. Maybe a little too spicy for beginners but for me, a semi-noon it's a good whisky. And that at a great price.

  • 5
    17 October

    Fantastic Japanese whiskey!!

  • 5
    8 September

    One of the nicest blended whiskies I've tried. Great start to explore the amazing japanese whiskey industry.

  • 5
    7 September

    Good Balance and awesome Taste!

  • 5
    7 September

    Delight to all the senses.

  • 5
    25 July


  • 5
    14 July

    Finally got my hands on this! Did not, in any way, let me down. The balance is near perfect.

  • 5
    11 July

    This whiskey is very smooth and has some great undertones. Glad I took a chance on it.

  • 5
    24 June

    I love it

  • 5
    15 June

    Fantastic Japanese whisky! Its like you pour some Nikka into my Glenmorangie! Classic, sophisticated, and rich. Would be my go to if it was easier to obtain!

  • 4
    18 April

    Great 'entry level' whiskey and an award winner for that price! The initial taste gives way to a spicy concoction, with hints of vanilla and citrus. great over ice or warmed up when the more cinnamon flavours come out.

  • 5
    12 March

    Nothing can beat Irish whiskey, BUT, this whiskey is closest to it. One piece of ice per double measure, or 2 t spoon of sugar. slice of lemon studded with 4 cloves. Add 3 measures boiling water to glass, finally enter Nirvana.

  • 4
    2 March

    Bought this for my boyfriend as a present. He seems happy with it.

  • 5
    20 February

    Exceptional whisky, superb flavours, no burn yet it's strong, up there the best single malts yet this is a blend! Do yourself a favour and grab a bottle.

  • 5
    31 December 2017

    Such a nice sipping whisky !

  • 5
    28 December 2017

    i was introduced to Nikki by my son and an arto\idle about the Japanese whiskey industry. From the first taste it changed my whole outlook to whiskeys. I was raised with American Bourbons, and Scottish single malt whiskey, not any more. Japanese for me."

  • 5
    24 December 2017

    A great everyday sipping whisky. Soon to be an ex malt Scotch drinker!

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