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Nikka Pure Malt Black

The Plum Vortex

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@OJKReview by @OJK

27th Aug 2010


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose, Taste, Finish and Balance are graded out of 2.5 each:

Nose: Pure malt on the label, pure malt on the nose. Lots of it. Once you make it through that initial malty wave, there is warm honeyed oak, bedded in with fresh seaweed and salty smoke. A very complex nose. 2.0

Taste: Medium-bodied and effortlessly gentle. The oily seaweed sweeps around the palate, leaving a trail of smokey-sweet malt, and luxuriously spiced plum sauce. Wow. 2.5

Finish: This intriguing plum note sticks around for the after-show, continually growing as it welcomes in new cinnamon and spice flavours, adding to the ever-present smokey malt, all swirling together in a seemingly perpetual vortex of flavour. At the risk of repeating myself - wow. 2.5

Balance: Well, if I was to fault this blend, it would be to say that the nose, although delicious, is perhaps overly self-depricating, as it really doesn't do justice to the work of art that is to follow. For a work of art it is, almost a visual experience as the flavours spiral through the palate in a mesmerising display of balance and poise, with the plum and seaweed really stealing the show. A firm favourite. 2.0

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LibertyBar commented

Here at Liberty in Seattle, we have (as I understand it) the West Coast's most complete, quality Japanese whisky collection, and this whisky is a great addition to our hoard. A bit less faceted than the 'From The Barrel' and surely not as bright and alive as the Yoishi, but a delicious whisky, to be sure.

When are we going to start getting these whiskies here in America? We can handle it. We're ready.

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OJK commented

I very much agree with your comparisons to the 'From The Barrel' and the Yoichi - both fantastic whiskies but for me this blend stands very proudly amongst them in the Nikka stable. Look forward to sampling the Liberty collection if I'm ever passing through Seattle!

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