Nikka 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Nikka
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Premium Blended Whisky
Added on
27 Aug 2014 5:36 pm by wbarchive_350097

Average value

€ 125.41

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Whisky Reviews for Nikka 12-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.47 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    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.

  3. 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.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points 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

  5. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    One more Japanese whisky to be discontinued...


  7. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    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[-]

  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


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