NIKKA from the Barrel
92/100 - Distiller Score
The award-winning Nikka Whisky From The Barrel blend is absolutely full of flavour. Bottled at 51.4% ABV. The blend combines both single malt and grain whiskies from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, which are then married in a huge variety of casks, including bourbon barrels, sherry butts and refill hogsheads. A huge depth of flavour in this stunning Japanese whisky. We can't recommend this enough.
Nose: Medium-body with good balance. There are notes of cut flowers and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak.
Palate: Full-bodied and punchy. There is plenty of winter spice and toffee, a little caramel and vanilla and a good mouthful of fruit.
Finish: Long, warming and fruity with a little oaken spice.
Nikka Distillery consists of two distilleries; Yoichi and Miyagikyo.
Yoichi Distillery was established in 1934. Positioned in the harsh and rich nature of northern Japan, the climate satisfies everything needed for whisky-making.
Miyagikyo distillery was established in 1969. Along with the different terroir, the different distillation method of Miyagikyo creates distinctive malt whiskies than those at Yoichi. In 2008, Yoichi 20 Year Old was voted best single malt at the World Whiskies Awards.