Nikka From the Barrel

50cl / 51.4%
  • Japanese Blended Whisky
Nikka From the Barrel
Web Exclusive Price £35.95 £29.96 ex VAT (£71.90 per litre)
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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.

43 Customer Reviews

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  • 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


  • 5
    27 May 2015

    So far I have yet to find anyone who is not impressed with this superb product.....packed with flavour and a carrying a velvet punch...highly recommended

  • 5
    25 April 2015

    One of the best: Complex palate, lots of oak, vanilla, small notes of smoke. Very little bite for a Whisky bottled at 51%, & surprisingly mature. My first Japanese Whisky, and very encouraging. With water and (perhaps ice? (Hersey, I know)) this could be a nice dram for a summer day.

  • 5
    27 March 2015

    I could never appreciate sipping raw whiskey until I found this gem. I''ve tried so many Scottish high-end expensive whiskeys, but this is the smoothest and it''s not even technically scotch! If you want a nice, fruity, spicy whiskey without the taste of dirt (peat), this is a great choice.

  • 5
    26 February 2015

    So so smooth, easy to drink. My new favourite whisky

  • 5
    20 December 2014

    The best Japenese I have ever tasted!

  • 5
    28 November 2014

    Love this whisky - easy to drink with a really nice mix of subtle flavours. Not one that will blow your mind but definitely one you can drink lots of as it''s really moorish

  • 4
    11 October 2014

    I wan't impressed at first and thought the Sutory Hibiki 12yo was far superior. I normally don't add water to my drink with only Aberlour's A'bunadh getting that treatment. It totally transforms it. I'd say it doesn't reveal any extra tasting notes, but utterly enhances all the ones mentioned while reducing the alcohol hit, which was pretty much all you got when neat. More mint, which I didn't think I'd like. Lots more oak and spice. fabulous.

  • 5
    24 June 2014

    A great fathers day present. One that any dad would appreciate having a sip of.

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    Delicious; plummy, fruity and rich with a soft mouth feel, easy to forget it is 51.4%.

  • 5
    22 June 2014

    My absolute favourite as a go-to tipple. For me, it eclipses Scots single malts in the same, and perhaps even higher, price brackets.

  • 20 May 2013

    Finally got my hand on it.Its big sweet and perfectly engineered.nose (after 5min of pouring): big caramel and maple syrup,cooked banana,sweet blood Orange with zest,very fresh oak scent with a lingering hint of resin.Taste:the oak plays well here,it hits like a bourbon with the toffee covered vanilla body,than tapers off into a scotch finish with sweet maltyness,its young but its very well behaved and presents itself orderly.Buy!

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