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caramel
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Spiral Nikka Pure Malt Black

Nikka
Pure Malt Black
Reviews and Tasting Notes

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

Flavor / 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.


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Nikka Pure Malt Black is adored for its vanilla, caramel, smoky and peat flavor notes.

This Japanese Whisky is carefully distilled at Miyagikyo & Yoichi distillery, Japan.

Based on 297 votes, the average rating for Nikka Pure Malt Black is 7.6/10.

Top reviews for Nikka Pure Malt Black:

— Smooth and wondeful taste! Simply delicious.

— Golden brown, Perfect oily texture, heavy smoke without the peat finish. Vanilla creates a unique finish without much bite.

— Great aroma and great vanilla caramel taste. Slight slight smoke. Not too potent. Overall, one of my favorites.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Hokkaido
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Nikka Pure Malt Black

(0.5l, 43%)


7.6/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Nikka Pure Malt Black
guest
guest,
Very good. Fruity splash to begin with, then, blends of vainilla and cacao and final oakiness, with a peaty and smoky ostinato all the way.
 
Jenni
Jenni,
Smooth and wondeful taste! Simply delicious.
 
Karolis
Karolis,
If you like Laphroaig, you probably will find this too light. If you have never tasted peat, then may be a good start
 
guest
guest,
Smooth n very woody flavor
 
Tom
Tom,
Very nice! Smoky,
 
alexey
alexey,
Very smooth. Vanilla, oak, and salty notes. Pleasant and quite complex
 
Jenna
Jenna,
Beautiful blended. Very smooth and rich. We consider ourselves whisky snobs, and boy does this deliver. Bring it back, Flaviar!
 
Mark
Mark,
Not as smooth as I would have hoped. For the price point, there are better peatier whiskeys. Probably wouldn’t buy a bottle of this outside of the tasting.
 
William
William,
Golden brown, Perfect oily texture, heavy smoke without the peat finish. Vanilla creates a unique finish without much bite.
 
Michael
Michael,
Its good but if you like peaty there are much better.
 
Robert
Robert,
Smooth finish and aroma that stays on your nose
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I got this through the Flaviar tasting set "Peat it, Peat it," and drank it after I had tasted the BRUICHLADDICH Octomore 08.3 Masterclass (currently the peatiest whisky in the world per marketing and ppm phenol count), which was just way too smokey for my palate at this point in my evolution of a whisky drinker. I'm usually a bourbon drinker so peat is pretty foreign to me. The Nikka Pure malt Black is distinctly peaty but not overwhelming. The smoke note is noticeable on the first taste and pops up on the finish as well. I found the smoke much less offensive and it made the sweeter/smoother flavors much more complicated and interesting. I am starting to see why the peatier whisky appeal to many people. If you aren't on board with peat yet, this may be a good place to start. And don't believe the part of the tasting set description that reads, "The Peat spectrum knowns no middle ground, and no mercy is spared on your palate..." There are clearly degrees of peatiness and this dram is testament to that.
 
Jedediah
Jedediah,
Good mix of smoky and sweet. Not really for me though.
 
Lee
Lee,
Spicier than I expected. Not personally enjoyable to me.
 
Christine
Christine,
Enticing aroma - leather, smoke, peat, caramel. Didn't enjoy the flavor as much. I've never had Christmas cake, yet somehow that description makes sense to me for the flavor - fruity, dense, spicy. I'll stick with Islay malts with more smoke and peat, but this was enjoyable as something a little different.
 
MJ
MJ,
I don't know, I didn't like this whisky. Tasted like it was raw, not finished at all. Disappointing.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Great aroma and great vanilla caramel taste. Slight slight smoke. Not too potent. Overall, one of my favorites.
 
Dumitru
Dumitru,
It has a great oak taste
 
Tristan
Tristan,
golden brown, tree sap color. Creamy vanilla and orange with apricot and Christmas spices. Not super peaty on the palate but spicy with notes of dehydrated apples. Lengthy finish with more lingering spice. Quite enjoyable and keeps the drinker entertained.
 
Johann
Johann,
This one is a quite nice mix of smoke, peat and some sweeter tastes. A Whisky someone less into peaty ones might actually enjoy
 
guest
guest,
Great whiskey
 
guest
guest,
Just really enjoy this dram, slightly peaty which finishes it off nicely, I generally like a peatier whiskey, but this is an easy drinker and highly recommended . 👌
 
David
David,
A delightful dram with a wonderful nose, a smooth mouth and a medium finish. I was expecting more smoke, but the peat comes through in different ways. Rather than the smokiness of an Ardbeg or Lagavulin, the Nikka has more industrial notes like oil, diesel and metal, gently topped with a hint of caramel and vanilla. The sweet and the peat play very well together and make this a dangerously drinkable dram!
 
Polona
Polona,
Nose: Gentle, sweet peat, dried fruits Taste: dry, harsh - strong alcohol Aftertaste: short and thin Averige balance or complexity
 
Robert
Robert,
very smooth with a slight vanilla and caramel aftertastes, wish it was available for purchase!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Solid. Nice and light. Very smooth!
 
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
 
Vladimir
Vladimir,
Balance!
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Smooth smoke
 
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