Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

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Distillery Bottling
51.4 % Vol.
500 ml
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Added on
05 aug 2018 4:50 pm by PunxsutawneyPhil

Average value

€ 46.10

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Whisky reviews for Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.65 points.

  1. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Excellent stuff, like every whisky Japanese. The drive to perfection which is so entwined in the Japanese society is IMHO also very noticeable in this blended whisky.
    • Nose
      Sweet honey, oak, ripe red fruit, fresh green grass, mint, a hint of cinnamon,
    • Taste
      Sweet, dark sugar, ripe red fruit, oak, then honey, some peppermint,
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly drying and quite bitter oak saps in the end. The dark sugar fills the mouth and then dies while the oak saps take over. Ripe red fruits come in small waves.

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  3. fnk scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful aroma, pleasant, gentle, stylistically reminiscent of Scots aged in virgin casks. Not exactly my favorite style. In the taste and after a little imbalance, average...

  4. rjmfranssen scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

  5. AndrejsB scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Kawauso scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    I think it tastes more than the regular price (about 2800 yen) in Japan. Not bad, but not outstanding.

  7. bninkie scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Due to ABV 51,4% nose, taste and finish were a bit spirituous, but it is a good blend whisky.

    There is a lot of flowery and perfumed scents on the nose as well fruits, for me it was especially peach. I have to admit that the nose is extremely well-balanced, once you'll be able to figure it out through the spirits.

    Taste is very creamy and delicate, again perfumes with a bit of honey.

    Finish suprised me with apples and woody sensation, much sweeter with a few drops of water.

  8. Mellodrinks scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Opens up nicely. Not a very unique one. It's a good, simple japanese whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very sharp on the nose. Very spirity. Smells sweet but hidden by the alcohol. After about 2 minutes it really opens up! Lots of cherry and sugar. Waiting a few more minutes and now green apple comes forward.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Very spirity. Green apple. Not really special.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Spirity again. Fairly lingering but nothing that really comes forward.

  9. Lcluy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    ¥2400+ / 500ml.

    Appearance: Straw to medium gold, viscous and oily.

    Nose: Citrus, apple, hay, toasted oak, light vanilla and caramel, bread. Spicy wood.

    Palate: Oak, honey, caramel, apple, pepper, nice incense-like spices. A bit of harsh grain spirits.

    Finish: Peppery, spice, fiery spirits, apples,

    With Water: More fruit, hay, malt in the nose. Flavor is much nicer, spicy but less hot, sone stone fruit and tropical fruit came out. Nice honey.

    Overall: Needs water at this abv. Nicely spicy, mild in that typical Japanese way, but pretty tasty. Almost worth the price.

  11. Derufus scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. Ninofdram scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Soft, sweet, fruity, honey
    • Taste
      83 83
      Very pleasant, fresh fruit and sugar, honey
    • Finish
      83 83
      Subtle smokyness, sweet and rounded. Mid long finish.

  13. JimJaws scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very nice. Entry-level whiskey without corners and edges. A typical Nikka. A good PLV for a Japanese.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla and neat
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium length

  14. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, smooth daily dram
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla, orange
    • Taste
      Sweetness, honey, caramel, some oak, sparkling
    • Finish
      Honey, sweetness, vanilla, medium length


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