Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

Delicate, Juicy, Oak, Vanilla
2022-04-02
Since the beginning of 2021, Nikka Whisky From The Barrel can no longer officially call itself Japanese whisky. No reason not to taste the blend, we think.
Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
Nikka Whisky From The Barrel (Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)

See

At the beginning of 2021, the Japanese Spirits and Liqueurs Association announced the standards for the labelling of Japanese whisky.
This clearly defined what is and what is not Japanese Whisky. It is an open secret that many Nikka Whiskys contain a little Ben Nevis from Scotland - including Nikka Whisky From The Barrel.
Nikka promises to continue producing wonderful whiskies and is making every effort to comply with the new standards, and at that time also updated its website accordingly at short notice.
We think more transparency makes sense - and even knowing that we don't have real Japanese whisky in our glass, we can still enjoy it.

Smell

At first, we are struck by the very intense aromas of vanilla and pear. Interestingly, the fruitiness predominates here and we only perceive subliminal spices, such as nutmeg. We feel a bit like we are in a Japanese orchard.

Taste

On the palate, oaky tannins clearly predominate, even if the fruitiness remains. Nuts and dried fruit linger in the background.

Finish

Finally, the vanilla notes fight their way to the fore in the medium-long finish. Nevertheless, oaky notes resonate. Despite the 51.4% ABV, the bottling is mild and very enjoyable even without dilution with water.

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel comes in a compact but unfortunately unsuitable bottle to fill the glass. (Photo: WHISKY:EDITION)
Nikka Whisky From The Barrel comes in a compact but unfortunately unsuitable bottle to fill the glass. (Photo: WHISKY:EDITION)

Conclusion

An excellent blend. The fact that Nikka Whisky is no longer allowed to call this bottling Japanese Whisky does not detract from the quality. You can clearly see the perfected craft of blend production of Japanese bottlers.

83/100 - Excellent

Value for Money: Very Good

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