Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

Overall rating
83.42/100
votes
1998
Whiskybase ID
WB20342
Category
Blend
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel, Sherry Butt, Refill Hogshead
Strength
51.4 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
4904230100683
Bottled for
Importé pour La Maison du Whisky
Added on
22 jan 2011 1:51 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 45.09

Whisky reviews for Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

170 users have left 188 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.42 points.

  1. Farjon scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Rijk, maar wat minder diep/complex. Goede prijs kwaliteit verhouding

  2. cycloman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. jazzvilly scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. Drum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Water was really good for him. It's sweet, fruity and has a lot of grain sweetness. I liked it, it was easy to drink and it has a very good PLV!
    • Nose
      A nice sweetness rises from the glass, quite a malty sweetness. Plus Mon Chéri... I've never had that with a whiskey before. Then biscuits with jam, oranges, citrus fruits and spices.
    • Taste
      Sweet and a little bit tart, malty and again cherries with chocolate, sweet pastries and fresh wood.
    • Finish
      Very warm and long. Malty, dry and again that Mon Chéri note.

  5. SAND scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Orchard fruits and sweet barley; green apples, green grapes, oranges, kumquats, orange liqeur, some malt and barley as well. Summer forest honey, buttery oak. Quite pleasant. (87p)
    TASTE: The arrival is a little oaky and spicy but still rounded and sweet. This continues onto the mid palate. Plus orange liqeur and hints of marzipan. (85-86p)
    FINISH: The orange liqeur dies, tannins and some crushed black pepper quickly appears. Relatively short and a bit bitter. (83-84p)
    OVERALL: A lovely blended whisky. I imagine that I can taste the Ben Nevis component in the green fruits and citrus components. The finish was unimpressive. Total score 85 points.

  6. Jabarkas scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Very sweet, very strange dram. I was hoping for much more. It tastes more like a rum. And not a great one.
    • Nose
      Rum, bit Glenfiddich like as well, honey
    • Taste
      Sherry, very sweet, caramel, rum like
    • Finish
      Again mostly rum like. And I mean cheap solera rum like.

  7. joeynoreen scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This blend (Miyagikyo & Yoichi) is with multi-layered flavour and mouthwatering sweetness. Goes great with ice/water/soda to make it a highball/mizuwari as it'll tune down the aggressive spirit.

    In my pre-historical scoring method, it's a 9/10.
    • Nose
      Very spirity, you can smell the spirits.
      Honey, floral, vanilla, oak.
    • Taste
      Punchy alcohol quickly evaporated and reveal the spices behind it. Mildly oily. Mouthful of sweetness (red apple, honey, touch of caramel), remind me of Yoichi.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity finish. Warm and slightly dry. Spiced malt lingering.

  9. ldz794140310 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    The complex layering is personally considered one of the best Japanese whiskies to buy.
    • Nose
      Citrus, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, boiled fruit, spices, sherry (maybe?)
    • Taste
      Very sweet, smoked grilled fish fillet, kerosene flavor
    • Finish
      Very long finish, from milk chocolate, baking bread, and ginger (from wood) flavors

  10. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Hsh scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nika Fromder Barrel 4.0

    Incense Coffee Ground, Toffee
    Taste like cinnamon + caramel pickled apples
    I liked the condensed sweet and fruity flavor, and when I drank the other two halves, I emptied them all first.

    It was quite fun, and it was easy and delicious to eat.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  12. niggogo scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    It has delicious notes, but alcohol is not well integrated and the wood looks very fresh, rather on the bitter side.

  13. Gous scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  17. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 90 points Expert 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Pretty full and volatile. Enjoyable. Lots of fruit. There is also some creaminess, caramel. There is some maltiness and spices. Then some fresh green fruit.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Pretty sweet. Feel a little graininess. Lightly malt. A bit of caramel sweetness. A trace of smoke. Spices. White pepper. It's not too harsh for the power.
    • Finish
      82 82
      A slight warm-up at the beginning. A trace of smoke. Grain. Malt. Creamy. Caramel and vanilla. A little seasoning at the beginning, white pepper. Medium-length finish.

  21. Don Cassi scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Light, fruity-floral whiskey with plum, mandarin and peach. The high alcohol content is well integrated to drink it neat, but with a little water it opens up a bit, becomes more oily and releases additional notes of vanilla.
    Length: 3/10

    Beautiful summer whiskey that tastes good even at high temperatures and does not overwhelm anyone.

    Grade: 2

  22. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nikka Whisky from the Barrel (old bottling), consumed at a wedding in August 2018. Lovely rounded bourbon-brandy vibes throughout. Intense with nice toffee and malt flavours. Rich and deep. Good stuff. 3.5/84

    Nikka Whisky from the Barrel (new bottling) (51.4%). Bottle - sleek all black packaging - from Waitrose for £30, bought on the back of trying an older bottling, and consumed Nov 2018. Intense toffee-bourbon-honeycomb aroma. Taste is super-firey, lots of palate-cleansing booze alongside toffee and caramel. It's basically like an upmarket bourbon. Some poached apples and pears. I am detecting more burnt/char flavours comparative to the older bottling. A touch young and harsh maybe. Water really helped it. Maybe bottlings are a little variable. Not my favourite but you could pay a lot more for a similar bourbon. 3.3/79

  23. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  24. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. hafssol scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Much predictably, my first Japanese whisky, and not disappointing at all. Yes, it's actually something quite different, yet very enjoyable.
    Despite its alcohol abv, the result is soft and balanced, even sweet with a distinctive crispy taste. Not very complex, but surprisingly easy to drink, as its plain, silky mouthfeel each time leaves you yearning for more.

  26. ChrisE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful whisky with an excellent price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. Chesterfield scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Earth, lemon, orange, dried herbs, grass, after a while also apricot peach, honey, caramel, roasted almonds, a little cherry
    • Taste
      Apple, apricot, some melon, caramel, very light pepper

  29. noelc scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. Ricedorff scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Medium-body with good balance. There are notes of cut flowers and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak.

  31. Ricedorff scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Medium-body with good balance. There are notes of cut flowers and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak.

  32. Ricedorff scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Medium-body with good balance. There are notes of cut flowers and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak.

  33. Ricedorff scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Medium-body with good balance. There are notes of cut flowers and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak.

  34. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. Mordeth scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. Jordanite scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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.

    Update 2021: Due to the very welcome changes to Japanese whisky regulations, it is now very understandable why this whisky was so nice. Its secret sauce was Ben Nevis.

  38. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo 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

  39. Svarttt scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

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

  40. Emperor69 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Color: dark gold.
    Body: dense, oily.
    Nose: Slightly pinched, not very intense, but gradually opening up with many colors. Slightly alcoholic (cask strength makes itself felt). Bourbon aging is recognized due to the tangible proportion of acetone, lacquer, oil nuances in the aroma. Honey notes, orange peel, lemongrass, many nutty hints of hazelnuts and spicy hints of fresh hot peppers (such as cayenne or chili) and cloves, sweet aromas of dried fruits (dried apricots and prunes), plum and cherry jam and fresh mango, toffee, milk chocolate stand out clearly , marzipan and hints of coffee, animal leather and peaty oak notes.
    Taste: assertive and burning, intensely tingling in the mouth. Lemon sourness and honey sweetness are rather quickly washed off by a powerful pepper wave with a slight presence of peat and oak nuances. The taste continues its development towards vanilla, peach, dried apricots, red apples, shadberry, coffee and milk chocolate.
    Finish: medium length, warming but uninteresting, without much development. Dried fruits and vanilla.

  41. gustundag scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  42. 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.

  43. ConvalRen scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  44. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and tart Japanese, alcohol well integrated, pleasant and soft despite higher percentages, not too complicated, top for the price
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla, glucose, slightly floral, some leather, lemon, grapefruit
    • Taste
      84 84
      Soft, creamy, vanilla, caramel, candy
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short-medium length, honey, orange peel

  48. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Somehow I remembered that better. He has such a sprightly touch for me. Otherwise, something for the besides. I do not want that with whiskey.

  49. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Lots of wood, more of a bourbon. Coconut, vanilla, herbs. Unfortunately a bit bitter and undefined. Nice side sipper.

  50. fradin11 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  51. whiskyd scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      62 62
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  52. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Drink, cinnamon leaves, a little bitter caramel, a hint of bocage peat, the cocoa that we sprinkle on the cakes. Very pleasant, balanced, grainy, bewitching smoke. On the palate, a zest of citrus fruits, undoubtedly blood orange, green tea. It's slightly peppery, and cola on the finish, it sparkles a little on the throat. We don't feel the 51 °, but it's still solid, and it's not too young. Chicory in retro-olfaction.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/nikka-from-barrel-514-original-bottling.html
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. Cubey666 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    On the nose quite sweet, caramel and oranges. The taste somewhat flat and it feels artificial. The finish is rather short but not unpleasant
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      79 79

  54. spxcedxg scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

  55. stefsel111 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  56. 40four scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  57. Koalafant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Whiskyabend 16.06.2018 => 86/100
    • Nose
      fruity (orange jam & mango), malty, caramel. With a little water clear grain character with a slight tendency to bourbon; exotic fruits ripe with a little water, vanilla
    • Taste
      pleasant grain note, again with a clear penchant for bourbon, oak, dry; with a little water much milder but also bitter.
    • Finish
      Medium in length and unobtrusively mild.

  58. pianoman scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Malt beer, some licorice. Caramels. Black bread with sugar beet syrup. Behind them pomegranate seeds and redcurrants.
    • Taste
      Artificial sweetness, lavender. Wheat beer. Raspberry jam on toast. Gletschereisbonbons.

  59. Calmar scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not very impressive specimen, simple enough and uncomplicated, bourbon-like, a barrel fortress here a little rectifies the situation adding depth and saturation.
    • Nose
      Closed, light lacquer notes, carpentry workshop, a few confectionery motifs, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Thick, oily peppery, spicy oak, malt, pitch notes, like bourbon.
    • Finish
      Spicy, the continuation of taste in general, orange peel, berry compote, creamy notes.

  60. htz881 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  61. davidloosli scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, vanilla, strawberry, oranges
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, grapefruit, a touch earthy/peaty, orange, black tea
    • Finish
      a lot of wood, rather short, oranges

  62. thugut71 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  63. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fragrant, complex and aromatic; very round. Gentle fruitiness, polished oak, caramel, subtle smoke and nuts. With water: fresh, green grassy notes, dried fruit like dried plum and apricot, nuts, soft smoke and perfumed flowery.
    • Taste
      Dense and fruity, polished oak, leather and hard caramel. Overall wonderfully round and very nice composition. With water. gentle fruitiness and fragrant florality.
    • Finish
      Soft, long and complex. Tropical fruits, gentle sherry teas, prunes and soft smoke.

  64. theograph scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Like a Guglhupf with a dash of rum ...
    • Nose
      Mixture of coffee and dark fruits, rum fruit, acid / oak, subtle salt note!
    • Taste
      Fruity, cherries, leather, very spicy, marzipan;
    • Finish
      Extremely fruity and sweet, a little bit flat;

  65. Mascht scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    a Japanese in strength with excellent PLV
    • Nose
      Sherrynoten, dense, red fruits, sweet
    • Taste
      dense, bitter notes of cloves and coffee
    • Finish
      medium to long

  66. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  67. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Frankly, I always look at the Japanese with a suspicious eye, given the hype of the moment. But it is clear that we are dealing here with a very good blend, for a price is quite honest compared to some Scottish single malts positioned on the same price bracket. Without being necessarily original or transcendent, this Nikka is really pleasant. So, why sulk his pleasure ??
    • Nose
      A little shy at first. Then fairly classic blend notes, hazelnut, coffee, all coated with a hint of vanilla praline. Simple, but effective in that the influence of the grain is not felt, which is always good news for a young blend.
    • Taste
      Frank attack, without being too aggressive, in the line of the nose at the level of notes, caffeine, vanilla, and at the same time quite sweet and subtle, despite more than 50%. Freshness at the end of the mouth, the wood does not crush the whole.
    • Finish
      Medium, but without defect and without bitterness, once again the woody never takes the step, still a good news!

  68. Willum scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  69. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Great Nikka, bang for the buck Nikka, delicious Nikka, just a bit to harsh on the palate. Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
    • Nose
      Fruits, yellow fruits (lemon, oranges, apples), vanilla, caramel, nuts, honey, some chocolate.
    • Taste
      Cane sugar, fruits (apples, pears, oranges), vanilla, caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium. Fruits, nuts, some espresso, chocolate and oak.

  70. Pollenflug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Very intense, fruity-sweet and floral onset. A wave of juicy orange and grapefruit, refined with a splash of bergamot oil, meets my nose tip. Honey, vanilla, caramel and pears complete the picture of the fruity-sweet side. A welcome counterpart is the spicy notes of wood that are already perceptible in the nose. Leather, freshly ground pepper, old cigar box, a hint of cinnamon and toasted almonds create a varied and complex balance. The alcohol content (51.4%) causes a slight stinging in the nose, which does not completely disappear even after a good 15-20 minutes.
    • Taste
      Strong and full-bodied start. A diverse potpurri of sweet and spicy aromas is immediately present. The impressions of nosing continue seamlessly in terms of taste. The juicy oranges drift a bit towards bitter orange peel, plenty of caramel, vanilla and a little honey again represent the fruity-sweet part. On the spicy side dominate leather, pepper / ginger, tobacco leaves, cloves, chocolate, hints of coffee and delicate bitter oak notes , Although both sides contrast with each other carefully, the whiskey always maintains its balance and remains wonderfully balanced.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, strong and warming. The spicy finish begins with a finely dosed pepperiness. A slight residual sugar on the cheek now gives way to dark chocolate, various spices, tobacco, leather, nuts and plenty of oak. It is noticeably drier and bitter on the palate.

  71. Joschbert scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    the aroma is very light, on the palate it is pleasantly round. Overall one-dimensional. (82)
    • Nose
      Honey, cereals, light toasted notes, fruit (light, apple?), Alcohol, vanilla, caramel
    • Taste
      Apple, cereal and toasted notes, slight bitterness,
    • Finish
      Coffee, bittersweet oak, cereal notes - short to medium long

  72. DavidH. scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    For the price (€29,50) a nice whisky, but nothing really special. Oh, and Nikka, please change this godd*mn bottle design everyone is complaining about spilling whisky and I understand why...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  73. Lorion scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Really good. Multi-layered and intense. What more do you want.
    • Nose
      Nutty, sweet, some glue, vanilla, caramel, apple, almonds, peach, some oak.
    • Taste
      Full, sparkling, fruity-spicy, sweet. Sweet apple.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, spicy.

  74. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    You definitely have to give him 2.3 starts, the first 1.2 tries he will be a much too sharp and alcoholic, but he wins more each time and then you begin to decode its quality at the ridiculous price!
    • Nose
      Ahja, that's the great thing about the NFTB compared to most of the non-single-cask whiskeys from Japan, you get the 51.4%, you just have that power in the flavor that you almost never have, other Japanese whiskeys anyway beautiful notes always seem a bit flat and closed, throws one of the whiskey here right in the face, orange oil, red apple with shell, sweet malt, beautiful forest honey, brown sugar, then a little green apple, a little cinnamon, some jelly banana with chocolate drum, Apricot inlaid
    • Taste
      Also here right right strength, unfortunately a little alcoholic, perfectly rounded it is not, then full apricot, orange oil, red apple with peel single, sweet malt, very sweet malt, brown sugar, milk chocolate, fine spicy oak, something of the Jelly banana in dark chocolate, cinnamon, some marzipan, but with plenty of alcohol in it, remains extremely full and voluminous even with much salivation
    • Finish
      Rough malt, spicy dry oak, grapefruit, apple peel, dry hay, brown sugar, medium-long

  75. dram_on scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    If Nikka would only lengthen the neck of the bottle a little bit, I'd not have spilled so much of this whisky!

  76. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  77. domani scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant whiskey for almost every occasion. The alcohol is very well integrated - 24.05.2017
    • Nose
      Soft and sweet nose, marzipan, bright fruits towards apple, maybe apricot or nectarine, nougat, white chocolate, chocolate banana, hazelnut
    • Taste
      Sweet, marzipan, slightly peppery, latte macchiato, coffee bean, liquorice
    • Finish
      medium

  78. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For a cheap whiskey and first of Nikka, amazing drinkable. I will not buy it anyway, highest for guests who understand "really much" of whiskey, hehehe.
    in German: You dise nise fil kole mus abdrukke. have mer kole then for women and for spoilers for rust heaps in front of the door is Disel, you know! is a blatant man.

  79. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    For me (for now) still getting used to. But arouses interest ...
    • Nose
      Rather in the sweet direction, but recognizable "whiskey". Also very sharp nose, eucalyptus. Something sherry comes through, probably a blend of sherry and bourbon cask.
    • Taste
      Sharp kick in the mouth - wow! Something salty on the palate. Medium to long, warm finish. Remains salty in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish, it remains, even after the second try, some salt in the mouth.

  80. cask9220 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Really a winner in his genre. An example of how good a blend can be. Well 51.4 percentage but fits perfectly. A real full whiskey. Just super !!! Really one of my favorites.

  81. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Bit too much of an alcohol punch for me (I had a bit of a sore throat when tasting this). But without a doubt a bang-for-your-buck whisky. Combines well with dark chocolate. Tasted on 13/11/2016 in a Japanese line-up (WB ID's 70236, 5443, 9252, 38412, 6016, 71248 and 20342, in that order).
    • Nose
      Caramel and caramel fudge, burned sugar, rum-like. Apple, peach (the sickly (Dutch: weeïg) sweet tones) green banana. Hint of coffee. 
    • Taste
      Toasted oak, burned sugar, but with fresh fruitiness of apples. Chocolate and coffee beans. A bit drying with added water. 
    • Finish
      Keeps lingering with some accents of the palate: apple with chocolate and coffee.

  82. SAND scored this whisky 85 points 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.

  83. yggr scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  84. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  85. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  86. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Packed with spices, clove and virgin oak, solid plum aroma linger with
    beautiful floral note. Very soothing on nose despite high strength. Not
    aggressive, just pure finesse. Dried fruit note with water.

    Palate:- Sweet milk, creamy with intense honey emerge gradually. The liquid dissolve evenly on palate. Smooth and round. Finish:- Long with ginger pungent at the back. Feeling the strength
    building up at this stage with a deep minty aftertaste. Restraint
    spiciness.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  87. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  88. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  89. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  90. sapecosta scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  91. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Delicious warm whiskey, fruity and sweet. Best versatile for a blend. Pleasant!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  92. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Accessible whiskey, quite versatile for a blend.
    • Nose
      Fruity, grassy, ​​floral. Banana, citrus, wood / oak, caramel
    • Taste
      Some peppery, but also very soft. Vanilla, oak, fruity, citrus, orange peel
    • Finish
      Slightly peppery, medium-long, fruity and sweet, tending to a slight bitterness. Warm.

  93. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  94. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    -3 points because of price (EUR 54 in my
    country), but at EUR 30, this is good
    • Nose
      oak, burnt sugar, overripe orange, sharp
      alcohol, faint sherry and caramel
    • Taste
      grain,
      spicy, red fruits, cream, oak, orange peel, vanilla, peppers
    • Finish
      medium-long,
      dry, roasted nuts, fruity bitter, malt, bourbon at the back

  95. Butz75 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  96. MrManners scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  97. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  98. Dyno scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  99. JohannesB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An absolutely successful Japanese whiskey for a brilliant price! Complex, intense and fruity and definitely recognizable as a Japanese. This perfume-like composition with a clean separation between fruit, wood and spice is significant. With water it becomes even more accessible, but without losing complexity. A must for anyone who has not had a Japanese in their glass and definitely a pleasure for both novice (water) and advanced connoisseurs.
    • Nose
      Very intense, full and wonderfully sweet. Heavy, dark caramel and lots of bergamot oil. Ripe juice oranges, pear and green tea. At the same time, the oak wood is intense and, in addition to the warm woodiness of freshly sawn wood, also brings some cinnamon and pepper. The alcohol is quite noticeable, one approaches something too brisk.
    • Taste
      The alcohol pushes properly, but does not burn in the mouth. Intense orange with a slight hint of bitter orange. Pear and apple slices in caramelized sugar. Creme Brûlée and a black coffee.
    • Finish
      Medium long and slowly getting drier. From marzipan and fruit salad, roasted almonds to espresso and clear tannins from the oak barrels, everything is there. As the fruits slowly fade, the bitterness lingers for a long time and plays with a distant association with smoke.

  100. Xstream scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Much too expensive for the quality. Many better sellers for this price. Good blend, but just little exciting. Bottle also gives a lot of clumsiness when full.

  101. ScottFrench scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An original, rich and powerful whiskey that surprises with its aromatic complexity. It is well balanced even if sometimes the alcoholic notes come to tarnish the picture. Available for a small forty euros, you would be wrong to deprive you!
    • Nose
      powerful and very fragrant. We start with a rather floral register, with notes of ylang-ylang, patchouli, mimosa, potpourri. We then go on a sweet appearance, with hints of banana flambé, caramelized apple, sugar rapadura. There are also notes of coffee, toasted hazelnut and peanut. Spices are part of it with cinnamon and vanilla. Rich and well tied.
    • Taste
      an interesting attack and an amplitude more than correct. It's very melted. Very fruity notes (plum, peach, orange, apple), spicy (cinnamon, vanilla), sweet (rapadura, caramel), flowery (ylang-ylang, mimosa) with dried fruits (hazelnut), coffee and notes of burnt wood. It's rich and powerful.
    • Finish
      long, very melted on sweet notes of peach, plum, flower with this small note of grilled hazelnut that works wonderfully.

  102. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    For around 30 euros this is a pretty good bargain. Probably very young.
    • Nose
      The colour looks a bit artificial. Very oaky. Reminds me more of some single barrel bourbons than Scotch. Orange peels.
    • Taste
      Toothpicks. It's really quite woody and almost like a whisky liqueur. Coffee with milk, jaffa cakes. I think it's mostly the wood talking here. Ever so slight smoke and some spiciness. Neither very sweet nor dry. No noticeable off notes.
    • Finish
      The finish loses me with that artificial oranges taste. Up to that the whisky feels very well constructed.

  103. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great and for 32 € / 0.7 a buy recommendation. Strong and intense in the taste, neat spicy, possible youth does not have a negative effect, everything fits.
    • Nose
      sweet, spicy, strong - brown candy, roasted aromas, nuts, dried fruit, milk coffee, leather, wood ... ginger, cinnamon, some pepper ... somehow reminiscent of good bourbon
    • Taste
      strong, full-bodied, spicy-sweet, you can dilute, but you do not have to keep what the nose promises, here are again dried fruit, sweetness (chocolate, candy, milk coffee), spices (ginger, clove, nutmeg, pepper), leather , Tobacco, even in the mouth for a long time sweetness and spiciness remains in balance and the bitterness does not prevail
    • Finish
      long and strong, chocolate, milk coffee, spicy sharpness

  104. Butz75 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  105. Raymon_psv scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    The smell is fine! Furthermore, I find it too sharp in the beginning. The aftertaste goes, but I personally feel a little faint. I do not really like the bottle itself. It is a bit different.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      77 77

  106. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced NAS whisky.
    Brilliant price-performance-ratio!

  107. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  108. Egge scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Plums and sweet fruits, caramel and vanilla. Hints of tea leaves and cinnamon.

      Discreet bacon.
    • Taste
      Orange, apricot, caramel, black pepper.
    • Finish
      The pepper continues and becomes a little more peppery. On the tongue remains a pleasant bitter note for a long time.

  109. Mephisto scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  110. martinni scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  111. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I really liked the rich fruity taste of this malt. Sweet, plums, dates. Really nice. All in all a good malt
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  112. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  113. tymiek scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  114. Markie81 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  115. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Just noticed that this is voted best blend at Oslo Whisky Festival 4 times,

    in 2007, 2012, 2014 and 2015

    http://www.whiskyfestival.no/Best_i_fest.html

  116. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    basic yes
    one of the precursors Japanese whiskeys yes!
    not bad yes!
    simple, not so much, that I have the memory of having several scents in the nose, depending on when I tasted it!
    first shoot, digestive, or to open the palace to peat!
    in any case, a good blended

  117. robain scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      86 86

  118. robain scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    • Nose
      First a hint of sherry or fruits, some vanilla, caramels and spicyness.

      If i dive my nose in it its very intense and strong alcohol
    • Taste
      Again fruity, hints of vanilla — so im glad the nose didnt trick me there.

      Not so intense on the acohol on the taste wich is nice.
    • Finish
      I can taste a little sherry and fruits on the finish, an pleasant finish

  119. Mister Svensson did not rate this whisky Newbie

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  120. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This little bottle is well worth it’s money! A lovely engaging whisky that can keep you occupied for quite some time. A little drop of water enhances the sweetness and oak in this dram. Next to that it is an affordable Japanese whisky that has a good price to quality ratio. I can highly recommend it.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-328-nikka-from-the-barrel/
    • Nose
      An elegant, powerful, complex and well balanced whisky with aroma’s of wax, floral tones, steeped prunes, orange zest, apricot, pear drops, brown sugar, green banana, subtle creamy oak, new leather, marzipan, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, sandalwood, some tea, polish, hint of coconut, roasted nuts (hazelnut), creamy coffee, malt, licorice root and forrest berries.
    • Taste
      A fresh, powerful, complex and well balanced whisky with aroma’s of fresh fruits (apricot, prunes, peach, apple, tangerines, mango and orange), creamy subtle oak, christmas cake, aniseed, five spice, nutmeg, vanilla extract, cloves, pepper, berry tea, toffee, caramel, grain, malt, pencil shavings, Bubble gum and orange zest.
    • Finish
      A medium long and slightly drying finish with aroma’s of roasted almonds, caramel, cocoa, lots of fresh fruits, vanilla custard, sweet tobacco, spicy oak and soft spices.

  121. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This is an incredibly nice dram!

    Very pleasant on the nose, so rounded I prefer to have it straight.

    So much going on both in taste and smell, but it's all in ballance to one another.

    The bottle is really too small, coz you won't just have one glass.

    In the whisky world this IS value for money.

  122. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: Raisins, honey, peach, orange, vanilla, oak
    Taste: Spicy oak, honey, delicate smoke, spices and alcohol tingle on the tongue
    Finish: Long, Oak, Vanilla, Spicy

  123. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Overall very drinkable and enjoyable. Water is recommended if it's too punchy as it doesn't loose quality with it.
    • Nose
      This is actually a very positive surprise - deep and rich aromas from honey, fresh wood, apricots and few other fruits. I can't stop sniffing this whisky.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, honey, sweet oak wood. Smooth, oily but still punchy - all pretty well balanced.
    • Finish
      Medium long with this pleasant wood notes.

  124. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  125. maltaholic scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Oh, it smells very fruity, oak very intense, remarkably mild, despite the high alcohol content. Only when you put your nose completely in the glass, it becomes intense. My first sip is madness. Only very mild, fruity, then - delayed - the turbo starts. In between, a smoky note. Now there's vanilla added, all very complex, really great. I add a drop of water, it will not change much, it retains this fresh fruitiness. My tongue is burning, but very pleasant ... A very nice whiskey for anyone who is looking for something different. And typical Japanese, the tasteful bottle and packaging.

  126. Sandman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 7-3-2014
    • Nose
      Pear, chocolate, vanilla, sherry and plum notes
    • Taste
      Ambricose, cholade and herbs
    • Finish
      Medium, herbs and sawdust

  127. Tobs1991 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  128. jhut did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskey Tasting, Café de Toeter in Groningen, 27-12-2015
    • Nose
      Sweet, coconut, red fruit, malt
    • Taste
      Sweet
    • Finish
      Sweet and malt. Do not get away from it

  129. Sievi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Reminiscent of bourbon. What the nose promises, can not be fully implemented in terms of taste. Very impetuous and untamed with a clear dominance of alcohol.
    • Nose
      Immediately the first thought is there. Bourbon! But no, the pungent smell of nail polish remover is missing. The alcohol occupies the foreground, behind it lies a very balanced blend of roasted corn, sweet dried fruit and some caramel. Maybe a hint of sulfur, but not unpleasant, but rounding off and complementary.
    • Taste
      Without water: oily. Very intense alcoholic, first biting and bitter, then unfolds a peppery caramel taste underlaid with oak. A little more water is needed until the sprightly tenor gives way and a range of flavors from caramel, malt and oak wood, supplemented by fruity notes, leaves room.
    • Finish
      After adding water: medium. Slightly bitter oak with hints of caramel pepper and dried fruit also a touch of sulfur here.

  130. Segens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A perfect daily dram as for only 30€ for 0,5l you cannot make anything wrong. Nevertheless you realize that the whisky is quite young with several smaller problems where some years of maturation would have helped.   
    • Nose
      Fruity nose (plums, apricots) with some vanilla in the back and a hint of oak. After a while I also smell some herbs. Alcohol not perfectly implemented but nose is much better as expected. 
    • Taste
      Same as the nose but less intense and spicy due to the alcohol. Definitely nice for its money. :-)
    • Finish
      Middlelong finish with some sweetness (brown sugar), herbs but also some wooden bitterness which is not completely negative but could have been better.

  131. r0back55 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Very good blended whisky
    • Nose
      Vanilla, rum, shortbread biscuits, dried fruits, raisins, cherries in chocolate
    • Taste
      vanilla, toffee, oak barrel, very intensive alcohol
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet oak, a little bitter at the end

  132. Gronqvist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Looks a bit like a Bourbon.
    • Nose
      Clean and filled with good balance and strong alcohol followed by notes of fresh cut flowers, caramelized apple, honey, marzipan, nuts, caramel, jelly, malt, grain, corn, solvents and some oak.
    • Taste
      Strong alcohol followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, pepper, chocolate, toffee, dark caramel, vanilla, crème brûlée, easy rørv and new oak.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and sweet and spicy with apple compote, caramel, malt, some peat, a little smoke and oak.

  133. d1scostu scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  134. tbw scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      77 77

  135. tbw scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Very good whiskey for the price.
    • Nose
      Strong alcohol and solvent at first. Bourbon influence reminiscent of grain/corn whiskeys. Lots of caramel. 

      With water: caramel becomes more subtle (caramelized apple?), meat (?). Alcohol burn logically less noticeable. 
    • Taste
      Caramel and vanilla (again very bourbon-ish), a little bit of crème brûlée.  At 51.4%, the alcohol burn is much lighter than the nose had let us expect. 

      With water: much sweeter, less oily. No more alcohol burn at all, making it far more enjoyable; the caramel becomes even more dominating
    • Finish
      A touch of bitterness. Quite short, dry and malty. Dried red fruits? Less pleasant than the nose and taste.

      With water: not much change, maybe a bit more of caramel (again). Still some bitterness. Some sulphur?

  136. didi1893 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose of the Nikka from the barrel is very pleasant. Pure, the blend is barely drinkable for me. After adding water, it turns into a delicious drop.
    • Nose
      The slightly sprightly aroma of the nose mixes after a long smell with a pleasant fruity note. A touch of malt and vanilla comes to it, the alcohol is finely integrated, but in the end more intense.
    • Taste
      At the first sip, a pungent oak taste almost stuns my taste buds. It follows a spicy pepper note which has a bitter finish. After adding a few drops of water "relaxes the situation". Now the Nikka is pleasantly malty and spicy.
    • Finish
      By adding water, the finish is medium in length and pleasantly spicy.

  137. NamorX68 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    very nice blend with good PLV.
    • Nose
      first alcohol then sweetness, fruit gums, vanilla, honey, seasoning and oak. Could almost be a bourbon.
    • Taste
      Spicy, peppery, sweet, fruity, oak and some chocolate
    • Finish
      medium long, dry and spicy, I taste a light hint of smoke here ...

  138. Peter87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  139. Robert Parker scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Great whiskey with clear influences of bourbon barrels. However, by no means the typical Bouerbongeschmack on. For the price absolutely great and recommendable
    • Nose
      At the beginning is the alcohol, after some time strong and intense caramel notes, as well as marzipan with nutty almond and vanilla.
    • Taste
      light, but very pleasant pungency of the alcohol, balanced, vanilla, some dark caramel, quite spicy, noticeable oak
    • Finish
      Medium long, oak sticks to the palate, seasoning

  140. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  141. sopie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  142. Banshieee scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  143. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A blend: tastes almost like a bourbon, very soft and mild, the alcohol is very well integrated. Gentle oak tones and vanilla are the focus. Delicious

  144. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Amazingly fine whiskey for its price range !! Great Nutty notes. Only the bottle annoying - bottleneck way too short - there is always something wrong (nerve)
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  145. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very smooth and decent, a true well behaved dram!
    • Nose
      Sweet oranges, flowery (although not perfumy) and woody elements, smells very smooth
    • Taste
      Oily and smooth as the nose suggests, a bit more on meaty (leather) and smoky though. The flowery elements are a bit subdued.Nice.
    • Finish
      Moderate, a tad salty and again oily and smoky. Works very well. 

  146. Ciro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  147. ThS scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very pleasant nose that marries the fruit of the orchard of bourbon casks with more spicy notes of sherry. The mouth is rather dry, much less expressive, and leaner. The finish is short and dry.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  148. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  149. DannyBacon scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Stuffy, a little nose. Incredibly rich and quite spicy taste. May feel a little spell breaking through, but it disappears quickly in the spicy and fiery aftertaste. Extremely good value for money!
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      92 92

  150. Rom scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Caramel nose, coffee, oak, coconut tip. Powerful, caramel, praline, oak, coffee. Final long vanilla, salt point. Well done. Aeration is only good with the appearance of beautiful yellow fruits and a strengthening of vanilla on the nose. Very good ratio q / p.

  151. KayMeertens scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First mainly very clean alcohol, like hair spray. It takes quite a long time before that becomes less dominant. Then new shoes, apple, caramel, vanilla, a whiff of smoke and some spice.
    • Taste
      Caramel, smoke, pepper, new wood and vanilla. Better than the nose, but it does give an artificial impression.
    • Finish
      Caramel, apple compote and smoke.

  152. Ivynor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    40% malt, 60% grain (including corn), about 10-12 years for the first batches, bourbon casks and sherry.

  153. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Oaky, nutty nose, with lashings of fresh, sweet vanilla. A drop of water brought forth more fruity (particularly ripe apple) and spicy notes, as well as a faint whiff of something smoky. Like a scotch/bourbon hybrid (actually this reminds me lot of the North British 17yo grain I've recently opened [Signatory bottling]). Slightly more mono dimensional on the palate, with sweet vanilla and woody oak the predominant tastes. Medium-length, sweet finish. Very nice dram that has its own distinct style. Excellent value for money, especially at such a high strength!

  154. The Macallan scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Not bad this Japanese whisky, but must admid I have tasted some better ones.
    • Nose
      Rich vanilla notes, dried fruit, spirity, bourbon, gentle spicyness, banana
    • Taste
      Spirity, loads of vanilla, bourbon sweetness, Crème Brûlee, spicy with some sweet fruit
    • Finish
      Warming, drying with some spicy vanilla

  155. Flanagan did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Excellent daily dram, the high strength gives him body and character, toffee eucalyptus style. I must say it is a very very good value for money, highly recommended.

  156. NamorX68 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  157. Bona scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    nice japanese dram- to me better than the Yoichi 10 - more % and more sweetness. Great blended Whisky and quite unique compared to Scotch- it's different but beautiful.

  158. irrerelevant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    aromatic, light, perfumed nose with caramel, vanilla and oak, fruit at most in echoes (pear?), behind malt, grain or hay, the alcohol is perfectly integrated, very soft and clean distilled, here stings and burns nothing, after some time Coffee and a hint of smoke, in the mouth very sweet with strong, but pleasant oak spiciness, dark caramel and licorice, dark, many "roasted aromas", reminiscent of bourbon

  159. mortimer scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nose: Bourbon barrels were mainly used. Also smells almost like a bourbon. Burnt corn, cardboard, sweet caramel, nougat and an alcoholic note. Taste: Also on the tongue very "bourbonny", but in the sense of "bonny bourbon". In addition to the well-known chocolate notes and maple syrup, smoke is added and the alcohol content is clearly noticeable. In the consistency heavy and oily. Finish: Somewhat rough, burns a bit. Comment: You could almost mistake it for a good bourbon, just without the glue notes. The nose is the best part. Overall, a very robust, rich and entertaining whiskey with an excellent PLV ... and the bottle (little thick Nikka) is also very cuddly. 87 p

  160. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I am positively surprised!
    • Nose
      very fruity, sweet, a bit like Hubba Bubba, raspberry and cherry
    • Taste
      Yummy fruity, very sweet and syrupy, some oak and also sour undertones
    • Finish
      still fruity, but now also a bit bitter notes, nice and pleasant

  161. p4blo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The definition of bang for the buck!
    • Nose
      Oak, malt, vanilla, some herbs, perhaps a bit of smoke. Sweet and inviting.
    • Taste
      Malt, honey, oranges, vanilla. Very satisfying.
    • Finish
      Quite long, a bit of spices and quite some wood.

  162. hartist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A blend well done, a little too typical caramel, but can be a good approach to whiskey because it is attractive the guy. However, it does not seem expensive but ultimately not so cheap as that!
    • Nose
      Exotic fruits, oranges, honey and a spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Mouth quite fat and vigorous; a little caramelized sugar (natural?), exotic fruit tea, some praline, spices and citrus.
    • Finish
      Quite long, malty and spicy, sweet and a bit bitter, drying slowly.

  163. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet, flowery, syrup, peach nectar, oak and malt, caramel and honey. So there is quite a bit to find over here. I like this. With water it brings up more caramel.

    Initial taste: blast of caramel and sherrywood. sweetness. a flower note (Camille?). With water it brings up a savoury note and some hints of citrus. 

    Body: medium-thick. a little waxy

    Finish: medium. a little flat. The caramel taste strays but not much development. with water the citrus comes up a but more.

    Price: very well priced

    Presentation: Well it's Japanese, But it's a little odd but therefore good.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  164. nathanyael scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  165. Hobbes scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  166. Guntis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  167. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  168. checkpointuk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/japanischer-cask-strength-whisky-von-nikka-und-karuizawa-22913/ Color: Old Gold
    Nose: Lots of malt and vanilla, cereal notes of rye and corn, fruity, smoky leather, salt and delicate oak notes.
    Taste: Full malt again, slightly crisp, sweet and creamy honey note and caramel.
    With water: becomes drier and woodier.
    Finish: Quite dry smoke that turns into a delicate woody bitterness.
    Note: With dye and cool filtered! Many parallels with a rye (rye) and bourbon (corn) whiskey. 84 points

  169. Myst111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Made in the Yoichi distillery, the second and smaller plant of the Nikka Whiskey Company. Founded in 1934 by one of the two most influential men in the history of Japanese whiskey (Masataka Taketsuru). Yoichi distillery is like the territory of a Scottish distillery. Yoichi has her own barrel binding and is especially attentive when it comes to the selection of barrels. The barrels are called Hogshead and produced on the spot.

  170. Myst111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  171. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant surprise! This is my first Japanese Whisky and considering it is a NAS blend, this offers much in return.
    • Nose
      Whiffs of smoke, confectionary sugar, fruit salad. Slightly astringent
      alcohol at first, but dissipates quite fast. Aromatic herbs, sweet
      honey, and caramel.
    • Taste
      Toffee, marzipan, and oranges. The body is quite full and salivating, then drying somewhat.
    • Finish
      Quite long and a little bitter (not in a bad way). Can take water, but does not change significantly.

  172. wolfiego did not rate this whisky Newbie

    photo: 14-11-2014 Elixia in the Rathauscenter Ludwigshafen am Rhein

  173. Gunka scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Puristically designed. A very balanced, complex blend.
    • Nose
      Fruity, floral, bitter orange, caramel
    • Taste
      Complex, balanced, spicy, dark oak, honey
    • Finish
      Strong finish. Some oak stays behind.

  174. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nikka from the Barrel is another proof of what Japan's forte. Enhancing a very good product to near perfection. Nikka delivers an excellent price-quality whisky with this blend. I'm putting my money on the honeymoon in oak casks.

    A 50cl bottle costs somewhere between €35 and €38. A still affordable Japanese whisky. And some serious competition for the budget drams of respected names like Glenfarclas and Aberlour.
    • Nose
      The nose is rather soft given its high ABV (more than 50% ABV!). I'm getting a lot of fruitiness and wood flavours right from the start. Also some ripe grapes and sandalwood. And yet there's more: orange blossom water and coconut milk, some Brazilian style flan cake with caramelized and roasted almond pieces and fragrant tea.
      With water there's an evolution towards pencil shavings and whiffs of Madeira wine or Pedro Ximenez sherry.
    • Taste
      The start is clean, a little sour and robust. Fresh apples, orange juice and dried nuts.
      Water enhances again the sweeter notes. Ripe grapes and vanilla-infused almond milk.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and leaves you with a bittersweet feeling and notes of sandalwood and almonds.

  175. Taita scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Tropical fruits, liquorice, tangerine, cedar wood
    • Taste
      Citric, apples, syrup, flowers, toffee, pepper, oak, nuts, light and ethereal like a perfume
    • Finish
      Sweet tones slowly fade away, oak and pepper remain longer.

  176. wbarchive_424758 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  177. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The start of the journey into Japanese whiskies ...

    There is a certain simplicity which is intensely impressive.

    Quality for price! 
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  178. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  179. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    What a nice surprise this Blend is!Very round and rich flavored for that price!
    • Nose
      strong sweetness, caramel, toffee, vanilla, raspberry syrup, apricots, raisins, red fruit jam, memories of apples, idea of orange, spice, alcohol combines the flavors, sweet shortbread, ripe bananas and other tropical fruits, 'Mon Chery', pickled cherries, eraser dipped in condensed milk , bouillon cube, a hint of smoke, spearmint chewing gum ...
    • Taste
      Citrus fruits (lemon, sour orange), pepper, vanilla, caramel, acacia honey, spice, chili, oak, smoke, fruit, some dark chocolate, coffee powder, slightly bitter (pleasant), leather
    • Finish
      sweet, spicy (pepper?), nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts), green grass, tart, and then dry, pear skins, green apple, citrus peal, later: paper, floral (wildflowers)

  180. Jimjam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fresh and very different from a traditional Scotch. Very enjoyable
    • Nose
      Punchy. Fresh oranges and spice notes hit you between the eyes, with dried fruit, rubber, panettone, almonds, Irn Bru, gooseberry jam, dried fruit, alcohol, Airfix glue
    • Taste
      Mouth-filling fruit, toffee, spicy amaretto flavours intensifying on the tongue, then fading and drying
    • Finish
      Tongue-tingling, lingering dried fruit and nuts

  181. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A good and affordable dram. If you are looking for an appealing Japanese, this is definitely a good start.

    (rating interval 82-86)
    • Nose
      The first impression is alcohol. But looking deeper, a great complexity appear. There is instant coffee, maple syrup, punch chocolate praline, molasses and ginger. Caramelized sugar almost burnt become appearent after water. 
    • Taste
      Melasses, bourbon (maybe fresh oak?), maple syrup, more sugar, Tropical fruits and creme brûlée.
    • Finish
      The finish is sweet with spicy, peppery elements.   

  182. Ivynor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A nice Japanese but the alcohol is poorly integrated.
    • Nose
      Very alcoholic, a little nut, almond, cooked cake and green fruits. It's quite greedy, too bad it's so alcoholic and young.
    • Taste
      Very creamy, fat, greedy, still on the dry fruit, praline.
    • Finish
      Long enough, but young, green and sweet.

  183. Max Power scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  184. Emilien206 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Much more than just a whiskey

    http://caisseenbois.blogspot.fr/2012/12/nikka-from-barrel.html?m=1

  185. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    What a pleasant surprise indeed. A great Japanese whisky!
    • Nose
      The nose is very alcoholic at first, but then develops into nice aromas
      from wild flowers, juicy citrus fruit, orange zest and apricots. I am inclined
      to think this is a sherry cask, but research contradicts that. Very spicy as
      well. Light hints of bourbon. Toffee, vanilla and raisins. Even a hint of
      smoke. Nutroma, the condensed milk for your coffee! This is quite interesting.
    • Taste
      It is very creamy with a full body. Almost syrupy. Honeysweet and spicy.
      Caramel, vanilla and citrus fruit again. A mixed bag of peppers and some
      cinnamon. Makes me all warm inside.
    • Finish
      The long finish gives both juicy fruit and coconut as well as a
      wonderful smokiness from the oak, but the mouth is left completely dry.

  186. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Caramel, wood, marshmallows, strong smell of sweet malt, but also alcohol.
    • Taste
      The fraction of a second seems light and soft, then exits strength, vanilla, caramel, licorice. It is very soft, perfectly balanced whiskey.

  187. tomy63 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    An explosion of fruit in the mouth, put point it stops the, shame!

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