Nikka 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.48/100
votes
283
Whiskybase ID
WB57604
Category
Blend
Distilleries
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Nikka
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Premium Blended Whisky
Barcode
4904230038023
Added on
27 aug 2014 5:36 pm by wbarchive_350097

Average value

€ 135.58

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Whisky reviews for Nikka 12-year-old

37 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.48 points.

  1. mr_braun scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. Malthead19 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    - a (as expected) pleasant, round, soft blend,
    - great taste, unfortunately little depth
    - going head to head with the Chivas Regal 18 J.
    the Nikka would probably win, BUT for €120 a lot
    ambitious price. I would rather consider 2
    Chivas 18 J. to buy or the Chivas Royal Salute directly
    21 years
    - In summary: yes, good drinkable blend but for the
    Price at least €50 too expensive for a comparably good one
    Scottish quality
    • Nose
      soft, mild, fruity, exotic fruits, light spiciness
    • Taste
      Very soft fruity attack, woody, spicy, stays in the mouth for a relatively long time, unfortunately (although the taste is very good) a bit "one-dimensional", no longer developing much in the mouth, spicy, a bit peppery on the tongue at the end
    • Finish
      short soft finish ;
      short aftertaste

  3. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It's sweeter than I expected, with a straightforward palate sandwiched between between a floral, fruity, dessert-sweet nose and a developed and more complex tail.

    There's grain in the sugary nuttiness at the end of the nose and again as the tail winds down, but it's not very malty.

    It might actually be a bit too sweet for me at the very end of the finish, but I enjoyed the journey through the very carefully deployed leather, tobacco and chocolate, that got me there.

    The balance is off, but it's still very good, even if its not a perfect fit for for my tastes.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Cognac, roses, white peaches, white grape, milk chocolate covered fudge, crunchy nut cornflakes flakes
    • Taste
      82 82
      Vanilla cream, canned fruit syrup, praline
    • Finish
      84 84
      fleeting bitter and dry leather fading to a more mellow tobacco, grey pepper, dark chocolate covered caramel, crystallised ginger, camphor, sweetly mineral grain

  4. Cipidos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  5. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      ...butterscotch, honeycomb, pears, toffee, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cocoa.
    • Taste
      ... buttery, malted barley, fruity with apple, Mirabelle plums, pear, honey. Then floral with leather and a touch of smoke.
    • Finish
      ... spicy, fruity with coconut milk, strawberry, long with tobacco and some cocoa

  6. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Yellow fruits; mango, banana, pineapple. A little vanilla and hints of white pepper. Quite rich. (88p).
    TASTE: The arrival is slightly bitter. On the mid palate there are yellow fruits, a little acidity and later some astringency. But the fruit persists. (86p).
    FINISH: Slightly astringent at first, then a little spice (white pepper). (85p).
    OVERALL: Just a tad bitter for my palate. Otherwise a nice Bourbon matured whisky. Total score 86 points.

  7. el Gato scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry influence. Oranges. Apples. Then slightly deeper with peaches, apricot jam, marzipan and Christmas spices. Butterscotch. Chemical whiffs now and then. Wet. Leather.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite oily. Fresh orchard fruits. Denser profile with Christmas cake, cinnamon hints, raisins and apricot jam. Oranges zest. Some vanilla and honey sweetness. Chocolate. Pepper.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Semi-long, and clean finish. No sulphur, fortunately. Greener finish compared to taste , with ginger. Grapefruit. Green grapes, earl grey tea. Soft sherry and cask influence with vanilla in particular. Quite mouthwatering.

  8. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Blender glass
      Have to breathe a little so that the lively in the background disappears. But already at the beginning a lot of flowers, sweet honey, harmony
    • Taste
      87 87
      Here very nice, tasty, tangy, lots of round sweetness. I like the tingling sensation and the increased complexity.
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. JBKwb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nikka The Nikka 12 Year Old Blended Whisky 43%. Aroma very sweet tropical and spiritous. Jelly babies, pineapple, vanilla-infused tropical fruits. Very fun. Nice nose. Slight highlighter pen. Taste is light up front, spiced, oaky and fruity in three equal parts, then caramelised bourbon-like oak bringing up the rear. I think that's pretty impressive. It has well defined flavours and cohesiveness. Lots of tropical fruits. It speaks of being uniquely Japanese in that unusual fruity way, but with some bourbon and Scotch leanings. Great weight, subtle complexity. Long woody linger. Makes you smile. I had a 30ml sample and I feel like I might have scored this slightly higher if I'd had twice as much of it. At the price though (at least £100), while not that bad for Japanese whisky, I wouldn't be buying a bottle. 3.65/87

  11. Mictian scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      fruit \ chocolate \ zest \
    • Taste
      83 83
      light, fresh, fruity, young
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet dense butterscotch, milk chocolate, light scent of peat, a bit fruity and sour
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy sweet syrup, malty sweet and short white pepper spice
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short, malty sweet and peppery

  13. Foudos scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  14. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Kimono

    Nikka is cutting even more into their output to be able to re-launch Yoichi and Miyagikyo with an age statement in due course. At this point in time, this bottle is the only one with an age on the label on the official Nikka website! It is composed from Yoichi malt and Miyagikyo malt and grain (I confess, I was not aware they produced grain whisky at the latter). Let’s get to it.

    The nose is very elegant on nuts, raisins, caramel, cherries, plums and green tea. There is even a hint of condensed, sugared milk in there! Then a truckload of caramel and some cinnamon, banana and peach. Surprisingly round and very nice.

    It is pretty oily, honey-sweet and a tad boozy on pear drops, peach from a can, pineapple, toffee and raisins. Nice spiciness in the guise of ginger, toasted oak and cinnamon.

    The finish is long on dried fruit, caramel and wood spices. Only in the finish do I get some typical grain whisky notes, which I find extraordinary. A hint of candied orange peel at the death.

    Very good and indeed tastes ‘premium’, it has something extra. The fact that it’s bottled at 43% also sits well with me. But paying 100 to 150 EUR for a bottle of this seems extravagant, whether or not it is bottled in beautiful decanter that is supposed to be reminiscent of a Kimono neck line. Thanks for the sample, Arno.

  15. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    ¥1600 / < 30 ml @ cordon Noir.

    Appearance: Deep amber orange.

    Nose: Old bottle effect. Nutty, malty, grapes, raisins, cinnamon spice, caramel, malt sugar, crckers, cherry, sherry, dried plum/prune/fig.

    Palate: Sweet toffee, malt sugar, cookies, a bit boozy, with ok effect, old wet oak, some spiky grain spirits, cherry, raisin, prune, lots of dried fruit from what I take to be a sherry cask.

    Finish: Sweet caramel, vanilla, dried fruit, spices.

    Overall: Quite nice overall. The old bottle effect seems to help integrate it and smooth out the grainy edges. Spicy, well oxidized, with lots of dark fruit. Very smooth and mellow.

  16. vomi scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Not bad, but still a usual whisky with some bitter notes.
    It has a balanced sweetness, it's not too sweet and slightly salty.
    • Nose
      Oak, plants (vegetal notes), melon, citrus, herbs, earth
    • Taste
      Tanins (oak), plants, spices, some caramel, slightly orange peel, white oak
    • Finish
      spice, earth, some smoke, pepper

  17. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Quite convenient and drinkable but nevertheless hard to memorize
    • Nose
      85 85
      Lots of caramel and vanilla, condensed milk, hints of green fruits, probably green tea, whiffs of engine oil, also some yellow fruits, peach, banana - pretty OK
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, canned fruits like peach, pineapple, pear, little spicy, ginger, hints of oak wood
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm, little more spicy, orange peel, probably a bit grapefruit but not drying

  18. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice complex nose, then subsides a little until the finish.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Blood orange, malt, honey, milk chocolate, coconut, nut, roasted almonds, some caramel and vanilla. Beautiful and balanced with a pronounced intensity
    • Taste
      90 90
      White pepper (not spicy), orange, rhubarb and fruit. Balanced and between medium and pronounced intensity
    • Finish
      89 89
      White pepper, orange. Harmonious, medium to long finish.

  19. Jackson05 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Japanese whisky, so hot right now...

    Tastes Ben Nevis-y. A compliment. For the price of this you could probably buy a decent age Ben Nevis. And that’s what you should do. It matters not, since it appears to be discontinued anyways.

  20. Johnnybeme scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  21. Johnnybeme scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  22. whiteshirt scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Major Japanese whisky companies Suntory and Nikka have announced further cuts to their whisky ranges.For Nikka, this includes axing Nikka 12, one of the last budget-friendly aged Japanese whiskies

  23. Kaleva scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Quite strange whisky. It's positioned as a premium one (the price and the package/bottle), however, the premium bottle content feels very young. You can feel rather sharp maltiness and the whisky itself is very flat, no complexity whatsoever. Maybe the cause of that is the grain part of the blend, I don't know. But otherwise the whisky is quite OK and the decanter is really beautiful. In any case this whisky is enormously overpriced and I don't know who can buy it unless you're going to invest in a nice decanter :)
    • Nose
      Malt, honey, butter, fruits (green apple, lemon, passion fruit), green tea, vanilla, a hint of peanuts.
    • Taste
      Spicy (ginger), sweet, malty, dried and canned fruits (peaches, pineapples), caramel, shortbread cookies, oak.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, warm, malty, nutty, somewhat fruity and oaky, slightly metallic.

  24. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    One more Japanese whisky to be discontinued...

    https://www.nomunication.jp/2019/01/17/more-discontinuations-kakubin-white-yellow-chita-350ml-nikka-12-nikka-coffey-malt-nikka-coffey-grain/

  25. stefan_PB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice to drink. Here Nikka has managed a nice blend.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Slightly floral scent, vanilla, oak and spicy notes can be recognized.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very soft, butter biscuit, hints of vanilla and apple, to the end slight pepperiness, coconut is to taste
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long finish. Light sweetness, a hint of pepper, butter biscuit flavor remains on the tongue, a little oak

  26. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Easy to drink, pleasant japanese blend. Although price is not the best.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Floral. Fruits, honey, malt, vanilla, caramel and citruses. Spicy oak.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy. Fruits, honey, caramel and citruses. Coconut and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, fruity, spicy.

  27. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very smoky nose, it feels like the corner of the fireplace, warm. The flames crackle. Apricot jam, wet wool, vegetal notes. It is very deep. Ash too. Cereals, corn, Agen prunes. On the palate, it is very warm, a little oily, oaky, smoky, braised bread, nuts, black grapes, very ripe apricots. Long finish, very balanced, which combines wood, lemon and smoke. Some vegetal notes, black earth, humus, fern.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-nikka-12-yo.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very nice modern blend, the price is absolutely ridiculous, would be a nice whiskey for 45-49 Euro ...
    • Nose
      For 43% really beautiful power in the nose, apricot, fresh apple juice, a bit dusty dresser, light honey, some light malt and heather, toffee and vanilla, does not have much Japanese but makes you want to taste
    • Taste
      Ui, very sour compared to the nose, grapefruit, lemon with peel, apricot precarious, the dusty dresser again, linen sacks, light honey with lavender and fennel, some hops, red and green apple
    • Finish
      Apple peel, young oak, malt, a little hay, dry and malty with the apple, medium-long

  30. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, vanilla, undifferentiated mixed fruits, a little spice
    On the palate, it's sweet, creamy, with a mixture of fruits, it's fresh, the smoke reaches the end, it's good, without defect, but without surprise too!
    In the finish, medium length on fruits and sweet vanilla, creamy!
    a blend that succeeds with a normal age to release a dram of beauty, becoming almost common!

  31. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not very complex, but I had a great time. Enthusiasm 3/5 Whiskey n ° 1394
    • Nose
      Beautifully flowery, warm nose. Apple syrup and a hint of caramel. Crème brûlée and honey, it lacks a little volume.
    • Taste
      Attack weak, but behind very sweet and fruity. He has bodybuilding despite the reduction.
    • Finish
      Caressing on vanilla

  32. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/mnc-pikka-nikka-2/

    An aged blend made from Nikka Coffey grain and Yoichi & Miyagikyo malts.

    N: Initially the grain stands out like a sore thumb but moves to the sidelines soon after. Theres a step up here in terms of calibre and age, and so there should at just under £100 a bottle – nearly twice as much as either of the previous four. Notes of waxy popcorn and slightly burnt ginger cake, highlighting to me the corn & some sherry casks in the mix.
    T: 12yo age statement whisky became a bench mark for Scotch not merely because of marketing tradition/arbitrary practise, but because [in many cases] thats when distillers & blenders identified a significant magic/fusion between spirit & wood starting to establish itself. Finally [in this flight] we have ‘ready’ whisky. Again [as on the nose], the grain stands out initially before giving way to a young spongey-yeasty-fungal distillate funk, a dash of lemonade, buttered candy mango-pineapple and soft-dry icecream. Now we are talking!
    F: Finally an actual finish, on mature vanilla & little sherry, dry-clean,… good good.
    C: Competency on every level: form, complexity and some depth, although still rather straight forward/simple at times – so a ‘ready’ whisky but only just. [Lets see how it compares to the 17yo pure malt coming up].  At £95 this 12yo blend is judged differently by our lively group, bearing in mind how plentiful 12yo Scotch single malt is in the UK at less than half the price – all-round good whisky but no big.Scores a B[-]

  33. peatbogger scored this whisky 75 points Specialist

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      72 72

  34. peatbogger scored this whisky 75 points Specialist

    The contents kind of match the bottle, a package designed to please the upper middel class Asian market.

    Love the king size wooden cork topper though.
    • Nose
      Quite sophisticated and pleasant nose for a blend.

      Reminiscent of a Speyside. A bit too spirity grain.

      Toffee and some red fruit.
    • Taste
      Slightly citric and sour. Some spice.

      What I would call a "designer" whisky, no off-notes but neither anything really interesting.
    • Finish
      Rather short, and I find the spice in the finish to be a little rough on the edges.

  35. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N- Toffee, stone fruits, plum and peaches. Poise and floral with pleasant charm. Subtle spicy grain.

    P- Sour berries, lively, clean and dry sensation with salted soy sauce, drift of rooty bitterness and bready.

    F- Medium, smooth and spicy, ginger heat.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    PRODUCER'S TASTING NOTES

    Colour: Old gold with orange hue.

    Nose: Sleek and refined. A perfect balance of fruits, malted barley, beeswax and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), the first nose is very full. The nose then evolves on softer fruit and herbal notes (moss, lichen), a sign of great maturity, and lingers on citrus aromas (orange, lemon).

    Palate: Both lively and serene. Dark chocolate provides the backbone of mouth-watering bitterness. On one end, the malted barley extends to earthier notes, while on the other, fresh fruits (apple, prunes, mirabelle and greengage plums, pear) are reminiscent of a plentiful harvest. With air, honeyed and floral notes (lilac, lilly of the valley) make their appearance.

    Finish: Long, suave. At first, coconut milk and red berries (strawberry, raspberry) stretch out across the palate. In the back of the mouth, candied fruit (pineapple, clementine) accentuate the pleasant freshness, while the retro-olfaction is marked by tobacco and liquorice notes. The empty glass offers a glimpse at a variety of flowers.

  37. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    wonderfully soft, sweet, vanilla, fruit compote, balanced. Great blend with very good PLV.

  38. wbarchive_350097 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    "Modern Whisky": Apple, pear, spicy, caramel.

    Very good blend!

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