Nikka Black

Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
37.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Feb 2015 5:28 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 36,50

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Whisky Reviews for Nikka Black

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 70.75 points

  1. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    About ¥300 for 180ml.

    Appearance: Medium gold. Bit oily.

    Nose: Booze, solvents, light caramel and vanilla, oak, apple, corn.

    Palate: Sweet toffee and hot, burning gasoline-like solvent. Bit of apple and cherry.

    Finish: Rubbing alcohol, light sweetness, cream, and pepper. Generally, crap.

    With Water: Toffee and fruit more in the nose. Flavor improves immeasurably. Creamier, toffee and vanilla appear. Almost decent now.

    Overall: Cheap and extremely harsh. This cannot be tolerated neat. Adding water can make it barely palatable. Still, very rough and grainy. Nasty.

  2. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    This isn't life changing whisky... this is good honest drinking whisky that you'll find on every corner and in every pocket of a salaryman in Japan. It's got all the hallmarks of Japanese whisky (save Peat), and just enough to make you want more.

    Commonly drank over ice, this is a good intro dram for an evening's tasting... or something for a hot summer day.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The nose leads with a sharp alcoholic note, but right beneath it is sweetness. Malty sweets and spices galore. Lots of wood spice and touches of dough, bitter oak and herbs. Thin watery beef gravy... that cheap brown stuff in bad restaurants, but in a somehow constructive way.
    • Taste
      75 75
      The sweets lead on here, bursting with patisserie dough and some funky Mizunara oak spice. Cassia bark, clove and more crushed herbs here. Something like stone fruit pits and green stick beech wood. Fresh and inviting.
    • Finish
      65 65
      Short, almost non-existent. This is the downfall of the whisky; but remember this is a $10 bottle of whisky. This quality is something we seem to be lacking in an everyday dram at this price. Oak spice fades into warm oak planks and black cardamom pods with a twinge of grassy freshness.


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