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This particular 15 year old was sampled fresh on the heels of it's magnificent younger brother the 12 and so expectations were high. Add to that the reputation Nikka brings with it and you can imagine the burden on it's young shoulders.
The nose is not bad. It's not magnificent, mind you, but then everything cant be hit out of the park all the time. There is woody brown sugar syrup mixed in with sweet melon followed by a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on nectarines. Quite interesting.
The palate is aggressive and reminded me of pancakes smothered liberally with woody maple syrup, dark chocolate and cinnamon.
The dry finish is spicy and full of cloves.
This is not a bad malt by any standards. It is a touch brash, in my opinion, and I wish it held it's poise like it's 12 year old sibling.