Nikka From The Barrel Whisky

Nikka From The Barrel Whisky

(0.75l, 51.4%)


8.3/10
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Made by the Yoichi distillery, the second and smaller distillery of the Nikka Whisky Company. It was founded in 1934 by one of the two most influential men in Japanese Whisky,  Masataka Taketsuru. Yoichi Distillery lies in southern Hokkaido and has three sides surrounded by mountains, a terrain much similar to the one found in Scotland, where Masataka studied the art of Whisky production and returned to Japan as a master blender - with a Scottish wife to boot. Yoichi possesses its own cooperage and is particularly careful when selecting its barrels. Known as Hogshead the barrels are made on-site using new oak. Yoichi produces big, oily spirits in the Highland style.

Nikka From The Barrel Whisky is made by maturing malt and grain Whisky, blending them and then re-casking (a process known as “marriage”) to create a rich harmony of different Whiskies. It’s bottled directly from the re-casked barrels and therefore retains almost the same alcohol percentage. The Barrel Whisky has won top prizes in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    51.4%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    Average 10

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caramel
vanilla
spicy
smoky
oak
fruit
floral
orange zest
sweet
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Japanese single malts, like Scottish, are double distilled in pot stills while grain Whiskies in column stills.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Gold.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Floral, fruity and a bit spiced. Notes of citrus/orange peel, apricot, vanilla extract, caramel and wood. Christmas pudding, new leather. 
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Complex and smooth. Caramel candy, toffee, vanilla, dark-chocolate, nutmeg. A spicy Christmas cake.  
 
Finish
Long, warm and creamy. Loads of oak and a bit of smoke. Red chilli on the back of the throat. Notes of vanilla are present.
 
Comment
Wonderful aroma makes for an excellent start. Great bang-for-the-buck Whisky.


Tasting notes 2.0

Spice, Toffee, Toasted Bread, Oak, Fruit, Lemon, Lime, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Vanilla, Floral, Smoke, Mint, Pine, Cherries, Raspberry, Green Tea.

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Ratings & Reviews
Dustin
Dustin,
Was a little strong on the nose but could have been my mood, put an ice cube in and a splash of sugar free ginger beer and wowee, the caramel and maple popped!
 
guest
guest,
Not quite as smooth as Yamasaki, but a bit more complex. Delicious.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Reminds me of pecans and sweet salt! Great spring sipper!
 
Rory
Rory,
Smooth but complex... different from the coffeys
 
Piotr
Piotr,
Fruit and fruit and some more fruit. There are fruit everywhere :) Strong but not heavy. Very nice.
 
guest
guest,
Awesome whisky. It starts with a surprising kick in your nose and finishes with a non ending prickling in your whole mouth. Highly recommended!
 
guest
guest,
My first Japanese whisky, perfect taste, ideal daily drink
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, intense blended Japanese Whisky with a long & complex finish.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth and easy drinking
 
Zsolt
Zsolt,
Full of flavours and has a really serious finish - a bit too blunt for my taste
 
James
James,
As most Japanese whiskies tend to be rather sharp this certainly is no exception. Sharp and hot on the throat that being said it is nice on a cold day sat by the fire! Nice to have to add to the collection, Nothing will ever compare to Irish whiskey.
 
Ros
Ros,
Wonderful flavour ,rich and very slightly smoky a lovely 'sting' to the lips as this is 51.4% , very satisfying drink .
 
guest
guest,
Appearance: gold. Spiced in aroma. Notes of wood and almond. A combination of almond, toffee and coconut and a hint of milk-chocolate in flavour. Finish: medium with fresh fruit. Overall, strong and complex. It's worthy trying.
 
Simon
Simon,
Full of flavours and very pleasant to serve to others. It almost doesn't matter what your preference is, this one is a real crowd pleaser in my experience
 
Edward
Edward,
A little too oily for me, but worth a try and a REALLY cute bottle!
 
guest
guest,
Take lots of water and enjoy :)
 
guest
guest,
My first experience with Japanese whiskey, and I was pleasantly surprised. Full bodied, rich flavours and a smokey yet gentle touch. Hontou-ni arigatou gozaimasu!
 
guest
guest,
1
 
guest
guest,
Really nice whisky to a good price :)
 
guest
guest,
Dejlig blød og kan ikke få nok
 
guest
guest,
Harsh but also smooth. Really rich taste, worth a try. I always keep a bottle stashed.
 
Ms
Ms,
Beware...this whiskey will and CAN sneak up on you...what remains in my bottle is set aside for that REALLY tough day... :)
 
Deja
Deja,
Smokey but smooth.
 
guest
guest,
Very good!!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
this is great!
 
guest
guest,
Drinkable but slightly harsh aftertaste
 
Collin
Collin,
Strong and powerful taste, full of aromas kicking in at the first sip. Then the flavors all come in mouth and let your palate enjoy the smoky, oily and fruity taste. it's a really good whisky with a lot of flavors, a bit too agressive (I prefer to soften it a bit with water) but the aromas in the end gives you a long oily finish that makes you want to take another sip !
 
Ronny
Ronny,
Strong character
 
guest
guest,
Great
 
Serzat
Serzat,
Fruity velvet very sophistic
 
guest
guest,
Vollmundig
 
guest
guest,
Loved it!
 
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