Nikka From the Barrel Sample

3cl / 51.4%
  • Japanese Blended Whisky
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Nikka From the Barrel Sample
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This award-winning Japanese blend is bursting with character. Fruity and spicy, it benefits from a drop of water to show its true class. It won top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010.

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Blended Whisky

This is a 3cl sample from the original bottling of:

Product name

Nikka From the Barrel



  • 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.

103 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    7 July


  • 1
    28 March

    I did not like flavor, too smoky. It overpowered everything else.

  • 4
    10 February

    Wonderful on the nose, really fragrant, not that complex when it comes to taste, but ultra smooth.

  • 5
    4 February

    I love this whisky. I will definitely get this again!

  • 5
    24 January

    A lovely blended whisky. Full of flavour and smooth without water. It makes a lovely change of pace if you're a fan of Islay single malts.

  • 4
    18 January

    I've tried a handful of Japanese whiskies and have come to the conclusion Nikka are right up my alley. This is reasonably priced, rich, complex and downright delicious! Nice on its own or I like to mix it with soda water for a slightly longer drink which opens up the flavour as well. Going on the list to buy again.

  • 4
    16 January

    This is a great tasting whisky. Full of flavour and tastes far more expensive than it is.

  • 2
    10 January

    Tthis whisky is growing on me. Chewy now that it’s been cracked open for >1 month. Lots of dried fruit turning lush but not treacly, then washed with spices; polished, certainly not rugged, but a pretty full-bodied flavor curve. Very well made. Just a little end heat serving to remind this is a bit of a boozer in addition to all of that.

  • 3
    2 January

    This is not unpleasant, but not really an awful lot going on. It does need water because it's far too fiery to drink without.

  • 5
    21 December 2018

    Bought as a present for my husband who was surprised to find a Japanese whisky. On tasting he said it was very similar in taste to some of the Scottish whiskies, only smoother and overall very pleasant. He would definitely drink it again, more Birthday presents for me to buy I guess.

  • 5
    15 November 2018

    Top of the Japanese whiskey! Full taste and smooth

  • 5
    9 November 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    Fantastic Japanese whiskey!!

  • 5
    8 September 2018

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

  • 5
    7 September 2018

    Good Balance and awesome Taste!

  • 5
    7 September 2018

    Delight to all the senses.

  • 5
    25 July 2018


  • 5
    14 July 2018

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

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