Nikka From The Barrel
A real star, winning top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010.
Nikka From The Barrel has a medium-body with good balance with notes of cut flowers and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak.
Nikka From The Barrel is full-bodied and punchy, plenty of winter spice and toffee, a little caramel and vanilla and a good mouthful of fruit – long, warming and fruity with a little oaken spice.
Nikka from the Barrel is big-boned and bursting with character – not averse to a drop of water, either.
Incredibly clean with a nice gentle burn.
In our tasting blind tasting we were unable to distinguish it from single-malt.
Nikka From The Barrel is a rather misleading name for a blend of Japanese single malts and Japanese grain whisky (no age statement given), which is married in oak casks (rather than in a giant stainless-steel vat) and then bottled at (or near) cask strength. (a cask-strength blended whisky)
Asahi Breweries, which owns the Nikka brand, also owns whisky distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyo. It’s a good bet those are heavily represented as components in Nikka blends.
Quote:- “Tried this in a bar once, it was my first Japanese Whisky. One of my all time favourites now, goes down like water but has a nice gentle burn afterwards – Some great flavours – tastes”
In 1918, Masataka Taketsuru embarked alone on a long voyage to Scotland.
In this distant land the secrets of whisky-making would be imparted to this young Japanese man, and here he would meet the woman who would become his bride.
In 1920 Masataka returned to Japan with Jessie Roberta (Rita), whom he had married earlier that year.
Later joining a company that aspired to make genuine whisky, he succeeded under its employment in producing Japan’s first whisky.
In 1934 Masataka established Nikka Whisky, and built its first distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, which– though inconveniently located – he had always considered it to be the ideal site in Japan for whisky-making, similar in many ways to the Scottish town where he had studied.
Nikka From The Barrel – Nikka Whisky
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