- Whiskybase ID
- Blended Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- pure & rich
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 07 Jul 2011 10:37 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Nikka All Malt
30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.91 points
- Nikka All Malt (40%). Consumed Jan 2020. Very dark colour. Can't be natural, surely. Aroma is muddled toffee and caramel. Not much else. Maybe faint bruised apple. Not distinct. Not popping out at you. Trace of bile but only the faintest trace. Taste is so easy, without any impact, just like taking a mouthful of water. Then slowly the toffee and the rounded impression of sweetness, bourbon influences. It's hard not to like the compact straight-forward toffee. There's little complexity but it's very cohesive. The spirit shows up later on with some salt and faintly herbaceous notes. It seems as though the water quality used here is great as there's a pleasing minerality behind the toffee. Faint bitterness starts to build. So drinkable. No complaints. Definitely a drinking whisky rather than a complex thinking whisky. Not top tier but then you used to be able to buy 70cl for £20 which is great value because this is a genuinely good whisky. 3.55/85
- This was a 1500ml bottle, 43%abv. From 1992-7.
Appearance: Medium amber orange.
Nose: Some old bottle effect, oxidation, raisins, sherry, malt cookies, caramel, chocolate, roasted almonds, salted nuts. A bit of ginger and spice, touch of green apple and banana.
Palate: Sweet malt sugar, caramel, honey, raisins, old bottle, bit of oak, light spice. Very malt dominated. Fruity too, bit of cooked pineapple and banana. Bit of green apple and ginger.
Finish: Oak, spices, honey, vanilla.
With Water: Milder and sweeter with a bit. Vanilla and malt come out, and some extra spices too.
Overall: Very malty overall. The Miyagikyo pot still malts dominate, but the Coffee still malt brings its typical spiciness. This isn’t a challenging malt at all, but quite luscious, even good to drink straight. The old bottle effect is there but seemingly not so huge, probably due to the size of the container. Works well twice up or half rock too.
- A 'blend’ of pot still whisky from Yoichi & Miyagikyo and 'grain’ [barley spirit] distilled in Miyagikyo’s Coffey still.
C: Slightly blended in nature, tasty, thin-ish, sugary sweet, very waxy, simple, chewy.
w/o water: sweet and rounded. Complete. Perfume sweet. Candy. Barley grain sugar.
w/ water: fuller and more complex. Notes of licorice, vanilla, caramel, grain.
w/o water: light, sharp arrival of sweet and juicy lemons. Development to dry and smokey citrus. Light bitterness.
w/ water: shorter, lighter, more bitter.
Long, dry and soft smoke.
- This one contains malt spirit distilled with both coffey and pot stills.