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.

60 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    7 days ago

    Color: Golden Nose: Sweet, honey, apples, melon, liquorice, mint, chocolate Palate: After brushing teeth: dry/sweet entry, light, hints of fruity aroma, liquorice, spicy, lemon Finish: Slightly bitter, sweet, long and warm Although 500ml bottle is a little small, 51% makes up for some of it. Good whisky neat without any water added, flavors are complex, lots of oak and fruit, honey. Very spicy even after having it sits for 30min. great whisky to sip on with a long finish, can savor of the flavor long after swallowing.

  • 5
    2 March

    Liquidy, particularly when water and ice is added. A hint of teak sideboard, broken pencil, finishes on a dry ski slope

  • 5
    28 February

    Brilliantly smooth for the high alcohol content. Hints of citrus and vanilla with a little spice. I enjoy mine with a ice cube.

  • 5
    22 February

    Really, really good. Well worth a try, perfect with spring water.

  • 5
    5 January

    Great Whiskey, smelled great strong hints of caramel and was very smooth given the alcohol content. Would recommend giving this a try

  • 5
    5 January

    Got this for my Dad as a present, he absolutely loves it! Said it's a brilliant Whiskey!

  • 5
    26 November 2016

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

  • 5
    14 November 2016

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

  • 5
    9 November 2016

    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 2016

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

  • 5
    12 August 2016


  • 5
    8 August 2016


  • 5
    7 August 2016

    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 2016

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

  • 4
    17 July 2016

    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 2016

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

  • 4
    11 June 2016

    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 2016

    great !

  • 4
    4 March 2016

    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.

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