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@nikkaman
nikkaman started a discussion

What's your favourite Japanese blend? I've become increasingly interested in Japanese blends and have had the opportunity to sample a fair few. Recently tried 'Nikka - Pure Malt White' 500ml bottle. It's a blended malt consisting of Yoichi and something from Islay (Caol Isla possibly). If you like black bottle then this might be of interest. It's available on the whisky exchange although they charge 3 times what I paid for a bottle here in Japan.

13 years ago

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@hollisd
hollisd replied

that sounds good. i've only had the hibiki17 yr old. it was quite a good whisky. spicy and smoky. Although i enjoyed the yamazaki single malt more.

13 years ago 0

@Skepparkrantz

Have not had so many Japanese blends. I tasted the Nikka All Malt, its well balanced, smooth with some smoke. I have the Hibiki 12 in my cabinet but have not yet opened it.

13 years ago 0

@nikkaman
nikkaman replied

The Hibikis are very good blends. A little out of my budget though. The Nikka Pure Malt series (Red, White and Black) are a very good introduction to Japanese blends at a reasonable price. If you live in Japan that is!

13 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 replied

I have yet to encounter a Japanese dram (be it single malt or blend) that was not to my likes. The sure know what they are doing. The Yoichi 1987 single cask is rather expensive, but very much worth every penny. I thoroughly enjoyed that one.

13 years ago 0

@drinix
drinix replied

What about Nikka form the Barrel? Is it a pure malt blend or does it contain also grains? I saw it today in a whisky-shop and am considering buying it, as it's not so expensive besides being more than 50% ABV.

13 years ago 0

@CaptinTom
CaptinTom replied

@drinix It’s a pure malt blend. I got a bottle at the weekend but haven’t opened it yet, however its got some mighty reviews..

13 years ago 0

@drinix
drinix replied

Thanks for the answer @CaptinTom, let me know what you think about it!

13 years ago 0

@nikkaman
nikkaman replied

According to the Nikka website it consists of Miyagi and Yoichi malts blended with grain whisky and then re-barreled, hence the 'from the barrel' moniker@CaptinTom

13 years ago 0

@CaptinTom
CaptinTom replied

@nikkaman I stand corrected. i just checked the website myself...

13 years ago 0

@nikkaman
nikkaman replied

It is a great blend. Purists may prefer to drink it without the addition of water but my personal preference is to add a splash or two. A little water really does bring out some great flavours.

13 years ago 0