- Brand: Nikka
- ABV: 51.4%
This is my second bottle of NFTB and I have to say I really enjoyed my first bottle. I picked this one up a couple of years back now and this has been open a good few months at least.
Review is neat, bottle just under half full.
Nose - quite grainy at first contact but it pays to be patient here as there is a richness underneath that needs a bit of coaxing out. Sweet, spicy oak, lots of toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, dark plums and a hint of peat.
Taste - Pleasing, oily and rich mouth-feel that feels more like a malt than a blend (I don't recommend water with this batch - gets very grain forward and thins out quickly). More toffee, oranges (juice and zest), light grain sweetness (hot, yes - raw, no) and more of the spices from the nose. Decent balance.
Finish - short - med. Some fresh grain notes, spice and orange and plum sweetness remain. Drying with some black tea tannins.
I have to admit my first impressions of this bottle weren't great - I think I said it felt like someone had tipped Ben Nevis into some vodka! I am quite surprised here today how much I am now enjoying it. The grain has softened and the maltiness has pushed itself more into the mix. I like the slightly unusual oak and plum notes and it balances sweet and spice nicely. Yeah, this is OK now. Not quite as 'wowing' as my last bottle was but, as it is now, and if the price were right, I might yet consider another purchase.