Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon Casks
51.4 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
22 Jan 2011 1:51 pm

Average value

€ 43.45

Whisky Reviews for Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

177 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.47 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super 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, lemongrass and hints of orange peel 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. SAND did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted 12.05.2016
    Nose: Honey, vanilla, bourbon,
    Taste: Undiluted: vanilla, wood spice, cinnamon, honey. With a few teaspoons of water: Honey, wood spice, some vanilla.

  3. Gous scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Quercus scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Vanilla in the nose overpowers the gentle notes of glue. Slight alcohol sting. Medium-long finish.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Light sweetness, mellow, spice. Pleasant without being too complex.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Punchy, big mouthfeel. Very smooth, with lots of honey.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Somewhat harsh alcohol burn; addition of a drop of water helps a lot. Medium finish with lingering spice and honey smoothness.

  6. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. UnmarkedDoor scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Apart from peat, it frankly does everything I want in a whisky. There is so much going on while still managing to deliver a coherent narrative of flavours, textures and tones. It's impressive and I find it deeply satisfying.

    Somehow Nikka From The Barrel has remained delicious, accessible and reasonably priced (where I am) for a decade.

    In my experience so far, this has never been anything but a pleasure to drink.
    • Nose
      Allspice and cloves rise first, followed sherry-influenced dried figs, prunes and date syrup. Rich, alcoholic vapours follow that occupy a central point between Rum Raisin, Cointreau, Armagnac and cherry liqueur-filled-chocolates. Still-warm malted bread heads up the more umami tones, which include the nutty sharpness of parmesan just perceptible, but still looming large compared to smoke, so faint it made me question my faculties. Also present and taking a back seat are bourbon-driven oak, vanilla cream soda and toasted sugars.
    • Taste
      Red Berry vapor sprites skip over the tongue, priming for the imminent rich brandy cream deluge that switches as soon as it is established, to cola, sarsaparilla root, more orange liqueur and ginger wine. Now, fine effervescent heat builds from all corners until, omnipresent, it morphs that allspice from the nose to a sweeter, more complex 5 spice.
    • Finish
      Continuing the spice parade, pink and Szechuan peppercorns take prominence, eventually yielding to fresh ginger before the sweet points of light reappear as candied peel and acacia honey. Another change of pace now, towards drying oak, leather, coffee grounds, salted dark chocolate and maybe... smoke? Smoke on a breeze of what might just be a delicately cooling spearmint.

  8. paul_faz scored this whisky 25 points Member Senior

    I have rated this 25 as that is probably the percentage of actual Japanese whisky this contains, and that is being generous.

  9. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Pears & Apples with a slight tang of apple cider vinegar.

    Palate: The nose follows through and adds a bit of malt. Adding a little water rounds the fruit and adds a nice peppery finish.

    Finish: Green apples.

    Overall: A very nice whisky, not too sweet, but an easy drinker. Definitely recommended!


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