Nikka is the founding father of the Japanese Whisky production, and we expect nothing less than perfection from them. And Nikka seems to deliver every time. Established in 1934 by the legendary Masataka Taketsuru (right after he helped establishing its rival Suntory), Nikka has been producing premium bottles without breaking a sweat. Their modus operandi is blending knowledge and tradition of the East and the West, and this bottle is the sum of all years.
Nikka Days Blended Whisky is a West-only expression that’s refreshingly no-B.S. The name is straightforward, the presentation is minimalistic, and all that matters is the smooth and fruity profile that can impress both neat or in a ritzy cocktail. Its approachability will enchant amateurs, while its creamy, almost Scottish character will please connoisseurs. The subtle blend of grain Whiskies is a welcome addition to your home bar during the Whisky shortage in Japan. But it’s more than just a consolation prize. It’s Nikka, after all.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Nikka Days Blended Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
In recent years, Japanese Whiskies have won several top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings. Talk about a student surpassing the master!
Flat not smooth just tasteless would not recommend
It’s very light, a lot of vanilla, some white chocolate, raisins, friendly, nice pairing with a shot of good espresso. More summer night than winter evening.
Very smooth, sweet.
I think this one lived up to the blended characteristics. A good all rounder perhaps. Not enough peat/smoke for me, I was looking around for it with each dram like trying to find a needle in a hays stack. Before you know it, you've run out of hay...
Nikka Days the affordable expression from Nikka, it's a blended grain whiskey with slightly peated malts. However, this is a very very light whisky with no lingering and faint finish. On the nose it is very light and balances and hard to pin point the notes but it reminded me of Yoichi. Tastes vanilla, maple syrup, and slight peat and coats your tongue. lingering finish is dry (like red wine) and linger liked the Yoichi. Overall is pleasant, everyday drink, well balanced. However, it's hard to single out specific element in a whiskey but just hints of everything that made this bottle.
Sweet and fruity, light texture with a short finish.
Very smooth, almost no burn
Nice easy drinking with light burn.
Great floral aroma, but the taste is quite mild and doesn't really have any standout elements. Definitely drinkable but somehow less than the sum of its parts. The aroma is probably the best thing about it, which is not really what you want!
This is was fine. It just doesn't have the complexity or fullness of flavors of their other bottles. To me it just seems watered down which if it was priced at closer to $35 a bottle would seem a lot more reasonable.
Drinkable, slightly fruity notes, but I wouldn't say worth the money to get from Japan when there are closer to home bottles that cost less for more flavour.
It was decent
Very light colour, nice golden hue still. Also light on the nose, but a pretty enjoyable refined experience still. Sugary, syrupy smell.
First sip super enjoyable! Light, sweet, complex, very sweet, fresh. Raisins, some nice bread, woodchips. I really enjoy the sweetness, it's not too much but just right to make you go "oh ho!"
Very nice, but maybe a little light for my tastes at this point. I'm left hoping for some more meat, but this is still very very good. Might want to get a whole bottle of this.
An enjoyable tipple, a little light on flavour
Good smoke and sweetness, not a huge amount of flavour. Pleasant.
Fermented fruit smell, fruity taste. Its okay. Good to make a highball or with ginger ale.
A little to dry for me
Very smooth with a nice hit of caramel upfront and some lingering spiciness on the finish.
Very smooth, good relaxing drink
I really like how thick and creamy it is.
Super easy, drinkable whisky. Not a lot of depth but still nice
Quite easygoing and floral.
So smooth... you can taste the caramel as you open the bottle, and it’s gentle on the throat while still delivering all its flavor!
Gentle and flowerish spirit, aroma is close to scotch, but the whole drink is a bit empty in taste
Smooth. Similer to Johnny walker black. But not as heavy on the taste. Very slight hint of liquorice on the nose. Very easy to drink.. oaky aftertaste.
Very wide on its flavor profile. Light and citrusy, but I prefer my whiskies to be a littler bolder.
Nose, was light smoke, spice, and ethanol. Flavor was very light and mellow smoke and spice but is about all I got. I expected more from this one.
Sight 🧐 ; Light yellow blended whisky with fast running legs,
Nose 👃 ; Milk chocolate, vanilla, some spice heat, slight smoke,
Taste 👅 ; Vanilla, some smoke, slight fruit, some nuts towards the finish,
Finish ; Smooth with some light smoke, medium length,
Every day drinkable
Very light. It’s Ok, but not a lot of flavor.
Light & simple yet consistent and pleasant untill the end
smoky and sweet balance that is unusual but welcome
Loved this, spicy and crisp.
Really like the combination of smoky and sweet.
Definitely solid drink. Can get the caramel and smoke. I didnt really get the citrus.
Not one of best ones,expected more from Japanese one
Very soft and sweet. Nice sipping whisky.
Nice taste and a really good japanese whisky!
It has a sweet yet smoky flavor to start and the caramel notes dissipate into to smooth short finish
Definitely smoky. Soft flavors beyond that. Hard aftertaste.
Slight iodine on the nose. Carmel, vanilla, and fruity flavors. So so subtle, and on the sweet side. Wish the flavors came out more, but not terrible.
Fruity nose. Light spice. Sweet. Zest. Soft.
Wow! This is one of those whiskeys you think is just okay when served neat, but over the rocks the sweeter, citrus profiles explode and becomes absolutely delicious like a citrus pound cake. Yummy!
It is an outstanding, delicate, Japanese Blended Whisky with an aromatic birth; while a rich life leads to a short & dry death with hints of coffee, vanilla, malt & apricots.
In a glencairn glass without adding water, it's a forgettable whiskey. On the nose, it comes off as nail polish with undertones of caramel. It lacks body. However, when you open it up with a few drops of water, the harsh alcohol smell disappears, and you're left with more caramel notes. On the palate, the citrus flavor (Especially orange) comes out. Unfortunately, for me, I don't get much more and the finish is short and still forgettable. In my opinion, I would not pay more than $25 for this bottle, but in all honesty, skip it altogether.
Really liked this one. A little smoke, a little peat, a little sweet
Long sweet tingles and warms the bones
Initial nosing has a fresh bloom of lemon, apple, pear, and bit of orange. Tasting reveals a smooth flavor filled with some vanilla, caramel, apple, lemon cake, citrus and a bit of malt. Nice finish. Very enjoyable.
Smooth sipping whiskey. I truly enjoyed the taste.
Smoooth as silk but flavorful. Lovely for sipping.