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 [+]
Wood, smoke, cinnamon, caramel a bit bitter, a hint of peat, cocoa that sprinkles on cakes. On the palate, a zest of citrus, probably orange, green tea. It is slightly peppery, and cola in the final, it sparkles a little on the throat. We do not feel the 51 °, but it's still solid, and it's not too young.