Nikka 20-year-old

Category Single Malt from Japan
Distillery
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie Single Malt
Bottled 2008
Age 20 years old
Casktype Oak Cask
Strength 52.0 % Vol.
Size 700 ml
Price 197.50$ 244.90£ 156.03
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered
KayMeertens Tasting note
less than a week ago
KayMeertens gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

Lots of glue. Raisin, bramble and mocha.

Taste

Raisin, dark chocolate, glue and a little sulphur.

Finish

Raisin, mocha and dark chocolate.

Comments

Blind tasting of Usquebaugh Society.
Apart from the heavy glue (I wonder how come this is not mentioned in anyone's notes), this is really good stuff. Glue is just a disturbing factor to me, for those who don't mind glue or even enjoy it this is a stunner.

magic_slim Tasting note
less than a year ago
magic_slim gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Sweet with notes of sandalwood, lotus flowers and tropic fruits (lychees, pineapple and citrus fruits). Some fish oil as well. A lovely nose.

Taste

Starts sweet with honey, then becomes spicier and spicier. Still fruity with a whiff of smoke in the background. Very elegant, delicate and well balanced. 

Finish

Long, becoming oaky and smoky with liquorice and leather.

Comments

Superb, recommended - what can I say more.

numen Tasting note
less than a year ago
numen gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Faint, not the most pungent here. All the same, there is beautiful integration. Pear, quiet apple and lemon, graphite. Oil (putty, I like this). Ginger. Stones and something almost coastal, but not fully. Sandalwood in the far rear, with just the slightest of spice and salt. (with water) Amps up the aromas. Moving here to caster sugar, sweet spice, soft and sweet wood. Candied walnuts and even a sweet smoke.

Taste

Yes, silky. The oak is so perfectly integrated. It shows up, and it's always in check and extremely balanced. Honey and honeyed. Graphite, light ash, and then some rancio. A little more sour fruit. (with water) A little more candied here as well, more rancio and walnuts, and delicious. Rather linear. Swims well, loses just a hair.

Finish

Some residual sweetness along with the graphite, lemon, and smoke - all subtle and dessert-like. This is really lovely and graceful, just a bit more subdued and linear than I'd have expected. Still, extremely well made, extremely enjoyable, and excellent.

Comments
Titi94 Note
about a year ago

Tasting Notes by SCOMA: 

Aroma: Rich and juicy, oaky with sherry notes, walnuts and gentle spices.


Taste: Spices dominate with nice clean malt, oak, walnut and sherry.

Finish: Spicy and clean malt until the end. 
Alex Tasting note
a couple of years ago
Alex gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Some delicate peat up on front, strong tobacco, sherry, plum sauce, rich and sweeter than the 15yo, malty and earthy tones. Very complex nose.

Taste

Big, oily, compact. Rich, apricots in brandy, deep honey sweetness, a lot of chocolate. Little smoke. Very, very delicious.

Finish

Long, sweet, peppery. Smoked cherries. Lasting long on coffee and toffee.

Comments

Great whisky with excellent balance. Delicious taste, elegant and rich. One of my favorite Japanese whisky, beside Hibiki 21 und Yamazaki 18.

WhiskyNotes Tasting note
a couple of years ago
WhiskyNotes gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Big notes of cedar wood up front. Cigar boxes. Tobacco leaves. Old leather. Nice to see there's also an estery note (nail polish) but this fades away quickly. Dark forest fruits remain. After that, some earthy smoke, burnt cake and a little tar. Hints of dried mushrooms and soft spices. Incense as well. Light matchstick notes from the sherry. Excellent complexity and typically Japanese.

Taste

Punchy (bordering on pungent). Again quite savoury and leathery. Walnuts and roasted pecans. Deep, earthy peat smoke. Pepper, liquorice, anise, a pinch of salt. In the background a strong bitter-sweet harmony of burnt fruit cake and dark chocolate. Slightly sourish tobacco leaves.

Finish

Very long, smoky and chocolaty with traces of dry oak.

Comments

It's a delicious and uniquely Japanese profile, but for some people it might be too extreme in its earthy savouriness. I love it though.

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Lafroy Review note
a couple of years ago
Lafroy gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
95
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
92
Price
88
Presentation
92
Collector57 Tasting note
a couple of years ago
Color
Amber
Nose

Rich fruit and nut with a layer of furniture varnish.
Sherried no doubt - christmas cake.


Taste

Wow! Big spicy hit with an immediate surge of carameloranges followed by toffee. Malt in abundance and then sherry and nuts

Finish

Long, malt, malt and more malt. Wonderfully clean and then a nice dose of sweet toffee and sherry notes.

Comments

Excellent! This I really like - goes on the buy list.

bakerman Tasting note
a couple of years ago
bakerman gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

INTENSE! Seaweed, salt & diesel (like a walk at a fishing harbour), pencil shavings, nut-chocolate, water adds some light smoky and fruity flavours

Taste

spicy, chewed grape seeds, malty-sweet, sherry, fresh, seaweeed

Finish

spicy, liquorice, sweet

Comments

what a nose!!!

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Overall rating All versions
96 member votes
90.49
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
91.80
Nose - Aroma
95.00
Initial taste
92.00
Body
90.00
Finish
92.00
Price
88.00
Presentation
92.00
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