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Nikka Black Special is a Coffey grain whiskey and it has been in the market since 1965. For me it was an everyday easily drinkable dram. That's why I decided to call it a Rush Hour whiskey. And just like the movie trilogy, this one is suitable for everyone (and I know, Jackie Chan is not Japanese). The movie reference is there just because I could imagine grabbing a bottle of this with me when running on a bus heading to some rock festival or a party at my friends house.
This is a takeaway whiskey and it is to be enjoyed while in a hurry (like when battling with mobsters in Hong Kong). Sure, you can drink this at home while relaxing but for that purpose, there's lots of other contenders as well.
Nose: Sweet and nutty with a little bit of refreshing vanilla
Taste: Sweetness turn into spices and salt with also some bitterness. Dark Chocolate.
Finish: Creamy and malty, quite long (but not long enough).
Balance: This is lively, offering a nice mix of sweet and spicy notes but it doesn't give you any eureka moments like the best ones do.