As we all learn at whisky school, stating ‘super’, ‘rare’ & ‘old’ on a bottle [of whisky or wine, port, rum,…etc], means its neither old nor rare & unlikely to be super – but there is provenance here, historically speaking. This is a limited edition release [arent they all?], of Nikka’s classic ‘Super Nikka’, a blend created by Taketsuru as a tribute to his wife and released in 1962. It contains a high proportion of malt from the Yoichi & Miyagikyo distilleries.N: Initially [on our table], theres a collective ‘turn ones nose up’ pong which thankfully diminishes & disappears, leaving a path for some caramel and suggestions of sooty age – yet this is likely to be a young and yet cleverly engineered ‘old style’ blend.
T: Caramel with plenty of dark woody sherry notes and again, this strange modern/engineered=old style combination. Winey then more caramelly and malty too. Notes of this & that but really its rather bland/safe. No doubt a crowd pleaser with a wide/popular appeal leaning towards a ‘smooth’, ‘alcopop’ type concoction.
F: Short finish with a hint of smoked wood and yet more caramel.
C: A ‘sit on the fence’, non-offensive, innocuous blend that wont/cant be pinned down – as in i cant quite put my finger on why this isnt floating my boat at all. Unusually, not one vote or even half vote for this on the night tells the story.Scores a D