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The Nikka Pure Malt Black is a peaty Japanese whisky produced from predominantly Yoichi malt with some Islay malt in the mix. The Pure Malt should actually be called a blended malt, but let us be honest, the term does not stick.
The peat is immediately present on the nose, but remains discreet. It is first and foremost a basket full of juicy yellow and red fruit that vies for attention. Mango, peach, blood oranges and quite some nuts. A jar full of honey and a touch of bubblegum.
It is mildly oily and spicy on the palate. Some pepper and ginger confit. The juicy fruit in a smoky jacket gets company from a handful of salt. Hints of butterscotch. Reminds me of salty licorice. The bubblegum is never far away, though. The peat becomes more powerful.
The finish is slightly smoky with the emphasis on the sweet fruit.
This is a complex and friendly priced Japanese whisky.