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Nikka from the Barrel

Great whisky making, great value

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@WTCReview by @WTC

21st Nov 2010

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this great value whisky represents Japan in our first world whisky tasting. Its really worth trying and at £25 for a 50cl bottle is relatively cheap.

Nose: Quite shy at first, but the odd sherry note mingles with typically Japanese resin and mushroom. Traces of damp Autumn leaves. Savoury rather than sweet.

Palate: exquisite! without water it's a heady mix of soft toffee and sharp and challenging chile spice. With water there are some softer mintier and lime sherbet notes. The spices fight back late on.

Finish: warm, soft, rich and toffeed, with some spice to keep it in shape. Great whisky making.

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2 comments

@drinix
drinix commented

This one is already on my radar. I've never tasted any Japanese malt and Nikka from the Barrel, from what I've read, seems to be the perfect introductory whisky to the Japanese world of malts.

9 years ago 0

@WTC
WTC commented

I agree, a really good intro. Even though its a blend it still has the sharp complexity characteristic of Japanese malts (but without the mental characteristics of many). Dave Broom reviewed it on the what does john know blog and gave it 94/100 I think

9 years ago 0

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