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Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

Overall rating
83.55/100
votes
1478
Category
Blend
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Strength
51.4 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
4904230100683
Added on
22 Jan 2011 1:51 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 38,27

Whisky Reviews for Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

151 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.55 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Administrator

    There are few Japanese whiskies I consider a true bargain in these days, but Nikka From the Barrel is one of them. Minimalist packaging, solid 51.4% ABV and the aromatic, gingery aroma with cayenne pepper, orange peel and hints of lemongrass leave a good first impression. On the palate, you get an interesting combination of Yoichi and Miyagikyo flavors: initial spiciness is followed by fruity-sweet notes until a zesty-dry bitterness emerges. The medium finish fades with restrained oak, green tea and a touch of fresh mint. Grab a bottle while you still can!

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Jordanite scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Normally a 500ml bottle feels like a bit of a con, but Nikka from the Barrel is both well priced (especially for a Japanese whisky!) and styled with inimitable Japanese minimalism. Yes it is a blend, but to dismiss this as 'just a blend' reeks of elitism. The nose presents milk tea, gentle florals, orchard fruits, ginger and (of course) vanilla. The palate is greeted with a nice fruity arrival, mainly apples and pears, after which an array of spices fill the mouth: vanilla, pickled ginger, cinnamon and clove. The 51.4% does some work here providing a full mouth feel but no alcohol burn. The finish is warming, respectably long with an enjoyable citrus spike. Nikka from the Barrel is enjoyable but besides the packaging I'm not sure I can detect a clear "Japanese-ness" about it.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Quite powerful, shows more complexity with some air - not bad
    • Nose
      84 84
      Green fruits, some herbs, little austere, grapefruit, little leafy, meaty notes, bacon, whiffs of smoke
    • Taste
      86 86
      Punchy, oily, fruity, subtle sweetness, little honey, apple, pear, spices, cloves, ginger, grapefruit, cigar tobacco
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, warm, zesty, more spicy, more grapefruit, a tad bitter

  4. Svarttt scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Decent blend. Maybe made for mixtures like Highball.
    Easy drinking.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  5. zoanaan scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I bought this whisky for 28 EUR on COVID-19 sale. No doubt it was well spent money. To make it clear, this is a simple whisky, rather sweet, you can clearly feel the bourbon barrel mark, but very pleasant and with good quality/price ratio.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. gustundag scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      floral
      vanilla
      nutty
      honey
    • Taste
      extra sweet
      honey
    • Finish
      med +
      caramel and sweet finish

  7. Erwin 1971Y scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruity, toffee, mocha
    • Taste
      84 84
      Citrus, pepper, fruity, ripe cherries.
    • Finish
      81 81
      In short ... the little pepper sticks for a while.

  8. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      At first, a little alcohol, honey, baked apple with cinnamon, cereals, fruits are also present, but less pronounced and in a completely different direction, this is more in the direction of strawberries and blackberries, some soil
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, lemon, apple peel, some earth, some pepper

      For the 51.4%, especially before swallowing pretty mild.

  10. Wolv scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry, leather, lychee, pear, smoke, vanilla, orange jam, honey, wax, tobacco, herbs, cocoa, toffee, nuts and marzipan
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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