Nikka Pure Malt Black

Nikka

Pure Malt Black

(0.5l, 43%)


7.9/10
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A subtle balance of fruit and refined peat.
 
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 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 they are particularly careful when selecting the barrels. Known as Hogsheads, these barrels are made on-site using new oak. Yoichi produces big, oily spirits in the Highland style.
 
Nikka Pure Malt Black is one of three expressions in Nikka’s Pure Malt Series. The series is a skilful combination of single malts, with each bottling devised to satisfy a specific flavour preference - from pure fruit to pure peat. Nikka Pure Malt Black edition offers a subtle balance of fruit and refined peat, which is a result of a selection of very different Whiskies, combining the fruity elegance of the MIYAGIKYO malts, and the smokier notes typical of YOICHI’s strong character. It’s ideal for Drammers looking for a mellow, yet intriguing Whisky with an input of peatiness.
 

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  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Hokkaido
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Nikka
  • Bottler
    Nikka

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caramel
vanilla
smoky
fruit
oak
oily
pepper
dark chocolate
sweet
What does Nikka Pure Malt Black taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Gold.
 
Smell / Nose 
Floral, fruity and a bit spiced. Notes of citrus/orange peel, apricot, vanilla extract, caramel and wood. Christmas pudding, new leather. 

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.
 
Flavour Spiral
Smooth, Peat, Fruity, Rich, Barrel, Toffee, Sweet, Oak, Vanilla, Pepper, Orange, Chocolate, Neat.


Ratings & Reviews
Mel
Mel,
Pleasant vanilla nose but the finish is a little too harsh for me. Wouldn't buy a full sized bottle.
Alex
Alex,
Enjoyable, nothing too crazy but definitely worth a try. Very good if you're not sure what type of whisky you like and want to try something new.
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Solid even flavor. Just a hint of peat to me, but enough to know it's there.
Stephen
Stephen,
As another reviewer put it - very "balanced." Perhaps too balanced though... it's almost like they were playing it safe. I prefer a little more of a punch and spice in my scotch whiskys, but not bad.
Daniel
Daniel,
A solid whiskey with a nice rounded taste and great character
Dumitru
Dumitru,
It has a great oak taste
Vladimir
Vladimir,
Balance!
Jacob
Jacob,
Smooth smoke
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