Monday 17 April 2017

Nikka From the Barrel & All Malt Reviews

Hi everyone,

Some quick Nikka reviews here today. Nikka is one of the largest Japanese whisky companies, along with Suntory.

Nikka owns Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries, with Miyagikyo having a Coffey still that in Scotland would normally only be used for grain whisky but Nikka use it for malt too with their Coffey Malt and in blends like these products.

Nikka All Malt 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Medium
Nose: Sweet and very Japanese. Sherry, stewed fruit, apple and raisin, melon, mango, very fruity actually. Lovely nose.
Taste: Creamy arrival, sweet with some column still alcohol, toffee, caramel, Sherry, oak, building dry oak, tannins, coffee, chocolate.
Finish: Medium length. Harsh oak and chocolate.
Malt whisky from pot and column stills. The nose on this is nice but the palate is quite harsh and tannic, especially into the finish.

Nikka From the Barrel 51.4%
Colour: E150a
Body: Medium
Nose: Wood spice, cherry, oriental spice, sweet fruit gums, spiced orange.
Taste: Soft, sweet cherry, spiced orange, oak spice building.
Finish: Medium length. Spice and oak. Boozy.
Nice, but lacking complexity.

Thanks for reading!

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