Nikka 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Hokkaido - Rare Old
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
86 Proof - Beige Label
Added on
06 Nov 2015 2:11 pm by Theli

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Whisky Reviews for Nikka 12-year-old

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] I had this dram during the charity tasting at the Limburg whisky fair.

    This is a rather subtle malt that demands some time and effort before it releases all of its secrets. The very drying finish is somewhat unique and (most probably) drinkers will be divided about it. It was an interesting experience to taste such an old Japanese single malt...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a grassy-spring floral profile that stays shy even after significant breathing time. Later delicious fruity, honey, spicy and earthy aromas pop up and create a complex and balanced (but still shy) nose. A big cubic blender's nosing glass is recommended to catch all aromas.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is layered on all the flavours of the nose complemented by some bitter herbal-tobacco notes. After some chewing the fruits grow stronger as do the wooden flavours and a delicious cocoa-mocha impression joins in. Water releases waxy-oily aromas in the nose and turns the taste nutty, surprisingly. I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The whisky arrives warming and somewhat coating on the palate with a significant drying mouthfeel that grows stronger towards the end of the finish. The finish is of medium length and very dry, actually very very dry (cardboards). Most probably this is not to everybody's liking but it is neither bitter nor astringent, hence bearable.

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at the ‘Rarities for Charities‘ Tasting - Limburg Whisky Fair 2019.

    Nice malt! No real flaws, except maybe for a rather thin mouthfeel and a realtively short finish.


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