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Nikka Whisky From the Barrel is one of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world. An incredible Japanese whisky, so much power! We can't recommend this enough.
Nose: Medium-body with good balance. There are notes of cut flowers and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak.
Palate: Full-bodied and punchy. There is plenty of winter spice and toffee, a little caramel and vanilla and a good mouthful of fruit.
Finish: Long, warming and fruity with a little oaken spice.
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Color: GoldenNose: Sweet, honey, apples, melon, liquorice, mint, chocolatePalate: After brushing teeth: dry/sweet entry, light, hints of fruity aroma, liquorice, spicy, lemonFinish: Slightly bitter, sweet, long and warmAlthough 500ml bottle is a little small, 51% makes up for some of it. Good whisky neat without any water added, flavors are complex, lots of oak and fruit, honey. Very spicy even after having it sits for 30min. great whisky to sip on with a long finish, can savor of the flavor long after swallowing.
19th March 2017
Excellent value for money. A truly exceptional scotch that rivals highland park 18. Higher ABV with a very pleasant flavour profile.
13th March 2017
This is about as good as affordable blends get, but the real star of the Nikka line-up is, alas, not on your site.Their Yoichi single malt 500ml, which I filled up my suitcase with on the way back from Japan last year is spectacularly good - drinkable everyday without ever getting tired of it.... And for around AUD65 thanks to low taxes, it's truly sinful.
27th February 2017
I tried it at a house party and went to buy two 500ml bottles of it. It is a like Cognac crossing over a *VERY fruity Speyside. Stewed apple/pear with a hint of orange in a syrup; some floral, spices, vanilla/bubble gum on the side. Overall, For $51 CAD it is value-for-money, solid, and great if you want a Speyside but more fruity and *decisively differnt*.
22nd January 2017
Everything you need and want to know about whisky is locked in this cute bottle. If one person is permitted a bottle of whisky only, there is no other i will want ! Nikka Pure malt (white) is equally good.
9th January 2017
After falling in love with Nikka "The One" I thought I would give this a go and it is superb. Smooth, Syrup like with a wonderful sweet toffee like finish. Superb.
6th January 2017
My first Japanese Whisky and it sure did not disappoint. Great nose, palate and finish. Only wish we could get a larger bottle in the States.
4th January 2017
I've sampled a LOT of malts over time but Nikka from the Barrel surpasses the lot.Thick, bold, aromatic .. this has it all. Ditch any illusion you may have that whisky must come from the Glen ... this is something to behold. I know I'm gushing but this really IS that good.
24th December 2016
Had some at an English distillery sampling, had a variety of the English which were from OK to yuk to yummy, then was given Nikka as an experiment. Citricous and wafts of flavour if allowed to sit a while. Bought some English and a bottle of this. Blooming loved it with water and neat,, perhaps preferred with a thimble of water more. But definitely worth a purchase.
16th December 2016
29th November 2016
Liked it since the first time I tried it, and for that price not much can beat it. Yet again time to get another bottle!
27th November 2016
First expression of this whisky for me was horrible, I was thinking that something must had gone wrong... And something did, the way I drank it.This beverage requires some time, be very cautions with water as you can overdrown this easily while trying to down its alcohol content. Give it a spoon of water & wait, and after 10 minutes, try it out slowly, let your nose and mouth to get accustomed to alcohol, and you would discover its rich taste.Very interesting experience, but unfortunately has a Japan whisky price, which are a little bit overpriced.
15th November 2016
I first tasted this at the Whisky Show at Old Billingsgate in 2016. Was "spot on" with nose, flavor, and aftertaste. Bought one bottle, and drank it so fast, I missed the nuances. Ordered two more, and will give you a more thorough review in two weeks. Overall, an enormously strong, complex, and flavorful whisky, with plenty of fruitiness, and totally irresistible.
6th November 2016
BUY this whisky, its incredible value for money. Im a total novice in whisky, but here are my notes! I næsen: Syrlige frugter, Apelsin skrald og frugtsalatMunden: Frugt, OAK, mandel og et hint af karamel."Nose: Elegant fruits like in a fruit salat, leaning more towards citrus fruits/orange peel. Slightly sweet and also nutty, almonds. Mouth: Fruits follow through, then come almonds/nuts and a hint of caramel. At the end a little dry and rather oaky!
25th October 2016
My 2nd Japanese, after Hibiki 12, and I'm very impressed, again!Agree with poster below - this is thick! Wonderfully so. Lots of tropical fruit, spice and almost buttery on the palate. Lovely mouth-feel and a long sweet syrupy finish with a touch of wood spice dryness. I like a few drops of water in this but it can be drunk without no problem. Considering rising prices this is an excellent value whisky from Japan! Recommended.
30th September 2016
It tastes almost "thick" - wonderful and unexpected. Not at all like a Scotch, but even more different than any Bourbon. Enormous character.
22nd September 2016
Not much more to say really but you have to try this what a whisky and a real good price
14th August 2016
If you have not tried it,just BUY SOME.
31st July 2016
@maltmondaysThe Nose. Is predictably strong, a hard hit of alcohol, however once your nose adjusts the complexity does cut through, intense hits of brown sugar, rum & raisins. Fruit plays a big part in the nature of this whisky. The nose has a great mix of spice and fruit, think a whole orange poked with star anise before placing in your winter mulled wine pot! The Taste. Has all the traits the nose implies, caramelized cooked fruits, Toffee, Sticky, buttery-ness on the tongue. That welcome spice hits back too, it’s a 5-spice and Asian cuisine style heat. This is a big mouthful, don’t be intimidated by the strength, let it linger until you get that beautiful mouthful of Christmas pudding and warm winter desserts. The Finish. Thankfully this does the taste justice, long, smooth and very warming. There’s some Oak maturity too which is a nice contrast to the Fruit. Ginger and cinnamon hints arise after a few seconds and they are very welcome! The rich spice stays long after you’ve had a few drams and walked away from this drop. Something I found hard to do.
26th July 2016
Full body, spicy finish
23rd July 2016
Wish I knew about this before. My first whisky from Japan, and wow! What a surprise, had it in a sushi bar after dessert.Now, I am not that much of an expert in these matters, but this is one of those drams that could easily be mistaken for a malt and given that appropriate score. Try it out. Well worth it.
11th July 2016
Slight oak? Really? This smells strong oak. Almost like a mix between a bourbon and rum.
23rd June 2016
First tried Nikka last year, the first taste was a pleasant surprise. I have never been able to describe the taste of Whisky in the way many experts have done, however flowers and many other fragrance's are evident together with a slight oak. It's one to savour.
22nd June 2016
This really is amazing stuff. I've paid three times the price for whisky that wasn't this good. If all whisky was free, i'f give it a 9/10, but since price is a factor for most of us, I'll give it a 10/10. You can't go wrong with this one. Once again the MOM tasting notes are dead on. I will buy more when this bottle is gone.
14th June 2016
Absolutely stunning. I got this one as a present from my friends from Finland. I am amazed how this whiskey combines strength and smoothness. Excellent excellent excellent.
10th June 2016
It's sharp and cuddly at the same time.
7th June 2016
The bottle...oh the bottle!! Expect to loose a few drops as the bottle is not designed for an easy pour!Now, the taste; first sniff, seemed a little intense, factor in it's a high %% drop and it's expected. Definitely under tones of vanilla and citrus, I found it a little harsh, but I'm coming from 21yr Royal Salute - which is very smooth!I'm taking one the gents previous post advise and let it breath for 20....no doubt I'll be raving afterwards 😉👍
13th May 2016
A very delicate whisky; some caramel and honey overtones. I don't seem to love it as much as others but it's still enjoyable. Good price point too and excellent stand out packaging.
29th April 2016
Just try it, IF one doesn't like this, well, Mahayana whiskey in't your thing.....
20th April 2016
A god and strong taste wonderful aftertaste whit a loong and Smoth taste of citrus the fruity flavor comes when you role the beverge rolls over your pallet 👍But ....... Add some water after your delight and feel the smoothnes
15th April 2016
Very pleasant flavour, reminds me of johnnie walker black but better.
13th April 2016
This is one of the nicest whiskys have had. Dangerously drinkable! I hosted a whisky eve and so purchased this to provide a lighter example for my guests. Not a drop was left. Beautifully fruity and deliciously smooth. Shame it only comes in 50cl.
5th April 2016
Japanese in one Bottle. Love IT
30th March 2016
Friend gave good tasting of this japanese whiskey. I would say it tasted industrial at first. But aftertaste was quite good. Not the best one but neither the worst. Wouldn't buy it myself.
A real treat this little beauty. It's not often a blended whisky takes your breath away but this is a real all guns blazing belter of a find. Taste grabs hold of you and gives you a beautiful warm hug and a toffee kiss before tucking you in at night.This won't stay in my cupboard very long.
17th March 2016
Given the price that this retails at this is fantastic and would hold its own against most. Loved it. Smooth. Lots of caramel and toffee flavours.
16th March 2016
This was the only decent Japanese whiskey with a decent price in my location. So tried this. I am glad I did buy this one. It's one of a kind. Initial notes of caramel, toffee and at the back the alcohol and smoke hits you in a good way. It's something unique that I have not tasted in any other whiskey. Needs teaspoon of water to open it up and be a little bit more mellow The bottle although looks nice is a pain to pour the whiskey. You lose some drops trying to pour to a glass. Too bad considering this is a small bottle and I don't like to waste a single drop.
6th March 2016
Tried this whisky for the first time tonight and what a triumph! Caramel, yes, and smoothness in great measure. I hadn't tried Japanese whisky before but consider me hooked. I'm almost tempted to go downstairs for another sipped shot but might have to plump for sleep. Well done, Tokyo.
17th February 2016
Well spent money!
14th February 2016
Having been a Single Malt drink for a while now, I recently spotted this and felt the urge to try it, The description is perfect its very sweet and has a Long Warming after that lasts and is a delight, I am very impressed with this Blended dram from the far east, I have only had 2 small drinks but i am very impressed, The package is nice and the bottling is pretty cool.Would Recommend
28th January 2016
Let it rest and then enjoy.. This whiskey kicks many more expensive bottles out of the park... If you haven't tried it yet then my question to you is simple... Why Not!!
26th January 2016
For me, this is one of the very best blended whisky ever produced. Over the years blended whiskies have improved so much and this is a fine example of that. It's a complex whisky that opens up beautifully with around 15ml of water (or 1 small ice cube) for the 50ml double - it also helps because of the alcohol content. It really is like opening a hidden box of flavours within the drink. Really do love this whisky, very delicious. It's a 4 out 5 simply because in the grand scheme of things it can never quite make it to the summit, it's stuck at base camp 4... very commendable just not quite the real McCoy.
25th January 2016
I didn't like it. Nothing against a Whisky from Scotland or Ireland...
24th January 2016
Dont need to say something about this one..
21st January 2016
9th January 2016
I was absolutely shocked by this one. initially i got a burbon-esque nose off it, very sweet, slightly oily. In the mouth its fantastically fruity with a hint of malt, and a good kick of alchol but without killing off any of the flavour. Sweet apple, toffee, some red berries and a little biscuit malt are the dominant flavours, along with subtle vanilla and a hint of citrus.Vanilla and chocolate comes through in the finish along with the berries. Its almost like a delicious juicy chocolate and berry cake!I cannot wait to get a bottle of this for myself, but I'm also nervous that it wont even last one sitting!
2nd January 2016
It was my first encounter with any whiskies from Japan. Pleasant surprise. I have to confess I am a believer with the isley, but I found this good! G.Róna
24th December 2015
Am no expert. For me, whisky is either nice or disgusting. This falls into the former. It doesn't make me screw my face up as it's smooth on the palate and it's a warm and comforting drink. Nice.
13th December 2015
Was given a sample of whiskey during a shopping trip and fell in love immediately. Bought a Nikka Whiskey From The Barrel and one of the Pure Malt. Just opened the whiskey from the barrel and love it. So much more complex than I expected. Is it time for another yet?:)
Picked it up at the duty free yesterday and having the first drink. First up, the bottle is brilliant even though it's only .5l, it reminds me of moonshine jars.When you open the bottle, the alcohol overpowers the nose, so you've got to let it breathe.Add a few drops of water to the glass, let it swirl for a few minutes before the first sip. The nose then feels a lot like a good bourbon. The first sip is smoky, even herbal, almost like an Islay. Bourbon and vanilla in the background, but traces, only traces. Whisky for the darkest winter night. The finish is decently long, astringent, almost like pine and menthol. Touch of woodyness. That was 15 minutes ago. Now it seems to have smoothed with the flavor profile reversed. Bourbon, toffee, vanila, a touch of fruits (not as much as a Speyside) to the fore, the smokyness comes through in the background. The finish is clovery.This is one of those whiskys that will give you a different experience as you work your way down the bottle. Absolute gem, brilliant structure and depth for a high ABV, and to think its a blend. Scotch blends can eat their hearts out - Black Dog and Jonny Walkers ain't got nothing on this one. As good as a top single malt. One word - brilliant.
6th December 2015
During these dark times of high prices and low availability of Japanese whiskies in general this is a great bang for the buck. Offers some strong intense flavors that can be enjoyed neat but can be further opened up and savored with the addition of time and bit of water.
3rd December 2015
my first Japanese dram.very fine ,complex ,much fruit ,high alcohol. would like to know the agegeorg mikula
24th November 2015
Very smooth for the high alc. content
22nd November 2015
Nice length, great packaging but peat overwhelmes
14th November 2015
A very nice offering from Nikka
6th November 2015
While this whisky isn't cheap, it makes up for it with a wonderful deep flavour. Very little burn too, given the ABV. Fantastic stuff.
29th September 2015
This time I bought two bottles :)
25th September 2015
This is my first venture into japanese juice so I did not know what to expect. As a matter of fact, I wasn't even after japanese. I was after an Aberlour A'Bunadh 60 caliber but my go-to danish/german bordershop was out (same shop where I got the Balvenie 16y peated cask. Yum yum).It's a 51.4 caliber blend as most might already know.From the bottle into the GlenCairne: Quite a bit alcohol in the nose, which is no surprice due the the number printet at the bottle. So it has to rest for while. Then nice stuff rise from the glass. I get cinnamon and plums and orange. Christmas is in my nose. As the initial alcohol wears off, a pleasant sweetness adds to the nose. My first thought was candyfloss so now I get that every time. Smoke is completely absent.Sipping it, the surprise does start: I'd expect quite a tickling on the lips and tongue from the high percentage, but it's gentle and caressing and doesn't burn at all. It's fruit on the palate along with a more peppery spiciness. A very fullbodied taste that completely fills my mouth and intensivates when exhaling through the sniffing device. Finish: Very sweet yet warming but quite short (I know that some says it's long but not I). Which is fine, because then you just pour once again and start from the beginning. Only downside: It's just 50 cl. so you'll be out of ammo in no time. Thank God, they make so much of the that they are selling it !
29th August 2015
As all Japanese whiskies, this is just great and I just love the bottle.
29th April 2015
I must admit is a really good whisky and good value for money,and I was never disappointed with it yet.to Poor man's Aberlour a'Bunadh.You can't compare it to a'Bunadh..because it's a totally different stuff! It's like to compering a dick to a door handle.
24th April 2015
For me this is same quality level with Yamazaki 18YO but much more affordable price, great value!
28th March 2015
Got a sample to try, and from a neat pour the nose at first was overpowered with the alcohol, so any notes were confused at first. But eventually vanilla bean, custard, and a faint hint of spice and musty, wet oak came thru. The sweet toffeed palate has a healthy burn. And the finish is perfectly long and oaky, but still a little hot with a touch of grassiness at the end.Very Japanese and very enjoyable in its own right. But this dram doesn't hold the heat from the 51.4% well.
3rd March 2015
Tried this in a bar once, was my first Japanese Whisky. One of my all time favorites now, goes down like water but has a nice gentle burn after. Some great tastes.
17th February 2015
I was fortunate to get a dram of this in an Asian Whiskey tasting. For me, the Nikka stood out above the others, I had to get myself a bottle. About 1/3 of a way through the bottle, and it's still one of my absolute favorites.
28th January 2015
After all these years of looking down on blends I finally and gladly raise the white flag to this little stunner. I am disarmed and I willingly surrender... Marvelous.
24th January 2015
I have no doubt that in a blind taste test with much pricier, prestigious Whiskies, this unassuming little bottle would more than hold it's own. This would surly get a few discerning nods on the nose alone. Aroma science could be learnt from this dram alone it's that complex, but pleasurable too. Once you sip this stuff you can you can expect rapture. If you hadn't already guessed this would definitely be my Whisky of choice. It somehow manages to combine all the best attributes of Bourbon and Scotch. There's not much smoke going on here but everything else is covered, and done with sublime execution. All the things I look for in a good whisky are here. Vanilla first, followed by rich marmalade and dried fruit, followed by the best spice that doesn't have any peppery burn just luscious fruitcake spices. The finish Remains fruity but now it is rich caramelised Orange and chocolate for good measure. This is a true gourmand whisky. I'm not sure where Nikka are sourcing their barrels from but they are possibly the best barrels around. The Japanese sure know how to make whisky. If you like whisky, get this glorious liquid perfection.
13th January 2015
By far the most memorable Japanese whisky I've tried. If you're a bourbon fan like me, you'll love it. Rich, flavoursome, delicious and unbelievably good value.
19th December 2014
Is the first thing I discern from my bottle I bought some years ago on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The alcohol burn slowly creeps up on you but never gets particularly harsh. A definite grassy aftertaste, with something milder than peat (muddy puddle?) around the edges.
18th December 2014
Well this whisky knows how to make an impact. Just a quick sniff will tell you this is a whisky which will pack a punch. Notes of oak and spice and a little smoke come through. At first sip you'll notice the impact of the 51% abv without it being too overwhelming which is impressive. A big taste of oak and even a little malt come through with some warming pepper which continues onto the finish with a little smokey hints. It's yet another example of why Japanese whiskies should be tried and taken seriously as a quality drink.
17th December 2014
Sometimes whiskies just come and slap you in the face and tell you that all of your previous beliefs about things. This is a big hit of ripe rich fruitcake and toasted almonds. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes add to the complexity. It's huge on flavour and that body and intensity along with the quality of spirit hide that 51% alcohol which seems to be smooth and soft in texture. It's Japanese, and it's a blend and it's totally awesome!
This is a complex and demanding whisky. The nose entices with clove, lemon, satsuma, and honey. The palate mixes ginger, oak, vanilla, toffee, and blackcurrant. The finish is very long, with clove, black pepper, and fruity sweetness. The character of this whisky changes significantly with a little air, too. It softens and sweetens. Nikka is a new favourite!
Nose: Treacle toffee, Icing sugar, Golden syrup, orange zest, dried fruit, apricot, a hint of smoke, buttermilk, some black tea and coffee.Palate: Toffee, vanilla, honey, cocoa, mixed fruit preserves, Jam tarts, some cinnamon, orange fruit juice and some creamy notes.Finish: A long and initially sweet finish with notes of almond, oak, some pepper spice and crisp fruit which turns increasingly dry into the close.
Four of us compared this creation to the first half of the premium whisky calendar, so far it's got second place.I also like the shape of the compact bottle.
16th December 2014
I bought this for a song in Tokyo, but it's worth searching out at the slightly higher price it's sold for abroad (MoM's pricing is pretty good, IMO). A high ABV blend that showcases good, inexpensive Japanese whisky. I'd also suggest that the idiosyncratic, miminalist bottling means this works well as a gift option.
15th December 2014
So well made that you would think you are drinking a 40 percent whisky. Smooth, powerful and delicious. Should be ten times the price. Amazing
13th December 2014
...would suggest a bourbon. Smells very sweet and fruity Its arrived at work and staring at me from under the monitor. Cant wait to get home. Love the clinical packaging.
23rd October 2014
Even my girlfriend llove it...
1st October 2014
Tastet. Today. For. The. First. Time amtazin. Flaver
30th August 2014
Very highly recommended. Nice oiliness with spicy toffee and complex fruitiness. The blended whisky at so high strength is rarity, although this is probably not a cask strength whisky.
15th August 2014
Just the bottle is something special.
10th August 2014
I thought I didn't like liquor. I got a bottle from my colleagues, and I do they like me! What incredible fellows! What an incredible taste and smell! Thanks, everyone.
22nd July 2014
have enjoyed a few Japanese whiskies in my time. found a bottle of this by chance at the hotel I was staying at. since then I've made sure the barman keeps the bottle hidden until my return. well worth it
15th July 2014
Bought this yesterday lunchtime as a gift, and it arrived perfectly packaged before 9am today! Very impressed, just hope the whisky is as good as the reviews say it is!
2nd July 2014
I bought this whiskey not knowing anything about it! I saw a promotion online. Myself and my business partner have just opened this, and we are absolutely blown away. We just wish it came in a 750ml
3rd May 2014
Similar nose to Aberlour a'Bunadh, but weaker arrival and finish. (And it's more expensive.)
2nd May 2014
Nokia 21 pure malt. Up there with some of the west coast malts in Scotland. Full bodied fruity and crisp. Beautiful bottle only downside is a malt of this quality must have a cork not a screw top cap 10 out of 10.
9th March 2014
Pretty packaging also..
1st March 2014
Got a bottle from local wine shop ( he has a decent whiskey range) and this Stuff is fantastic sure it's 50cl but 30 quid, for cask strength.. Great Japanese floral style and a big punch... Certainly a replacement for for cupboard job when gone. Top stuff and a bargin.
Based on the Pure Malt White - though it's a good whisky - I wasn't really in a hurry to try this and so it's been sitting around for a couple months, but now I regret not getting to it sooner. Love the palate especially. Great price, but amazing whisky regardless.
23rd February 2014
Amazing dram. Would be a perfect ten if it were 70cl.
11th February 2014
Wow! Firstly can I say what amazing service master of malt gives . I ordered my bottle on a Monday eve and it was delivered tues when delivery was advised by fri so very impressed. It was packaged well so no chance of damage and the whiskey is presented in a chic black box which made me think what an excellent gift this would be for someone as the price is on point. However this time the gift was for me. Having worked in japan I understand their love of whisky which is also where I picked up my taste for it. I hadn't tried this brand before but have to say I will def be purchasing again. Smooth but with a hitch of heat that leaves a delightful sensation as well as flavour. This yes please for me and will be recommending this website to everyone I know!!!!
15th January 2014
I've never tried Japanese whisky before and until recently was oblivious to the fact that they're a renowned whisky producing nation. Absolutely the best blended whisky I've ever experienced. I don't see how this can be compared with a smoky, pungent Talisker. Such a lovely, spicy and woody aroma - I've kept a small drop in my Glencairn just to keep coming back to it without the alcohol hit.
3rd December 2013
I'm a bourbon lover, enjoy scotch, and also enjoy white dog. I found this to have a bit more heat than expected.I also bought a bottle of Super and hope it is a bit smoother.
16th August 2013
Interesting. My previous bottle (2012) was distinctly sugared almonds. This time (2013) the packaging has changed & its generally drier with more attack - I suspect less aging which is a shame. Nose is remarkable - goes on and on. On the palate however that fierce attack is too much, a minty mouth numbing sensation, perhaps peat but no smoke. aftertaste is somewhat killed by the burning sensation.
14th June 2013
Forgot the 10 stars it deserves!
20th April 2013
What can I say, I am not an expert of whiskey by any stretch of the imagination (although I have drunk all sorts) but it clearly came across this was really good.I would highly recommend you try this beauty!!!
A basic japanese whisky with an amazing rapport quality/price !!!Highly recommended especially for novices who want to discover the Japanese whiskey.
17th April 2013
Only losing points for not being as focused as my preferred single malts, and having a distinct Kentucky feel to it. How they likened it to Talisker and not makers mark is a poor reflection on the shop staff. That not withstanding, I would never have considered trying it without their shnaffoo, so can't really grumble. Fallen on a diamond in the ruff.
23rd February 2013
Fairly new to the drink myself and currently working through the classic malts. I found this on quest for Oban (which is going to have to wait)and bought it as the store keeper picked up on my love of Talisker and said I'd like this. It is NOTHING like talisker but, I DO love this! I rarely take my drink neat but this is different. I was snobbish about blends, but again, this is different. Its nose is rich and pungent but very bourbon like. I was immediately reminded of makers mark dipped cigars. But on the tongue it has so many flavors, the one that stands out is licorice root. WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM?? I could sniff this all day but I am afraid it might be addictive. I've just started on my whiskey shelf at home and this is going to be a show stopper. Can't wait to share it with loved ones.
Yama surge, koneshiwa arigoto!
14th February 2013
All I can say is that this is absolutely delicious ! I've tried a LOT of whiskies from a lot of countries and this is simply stunning !
17th January 2013
And now I know for sure why many rave about this. It really is fantastic. Last night I was taking those prefect hummingbird sized drop-sips, and I really experienced the texture and amazing flavor of this whisky. I have yet to try with a drop of water, but I don't know how soon I will, because it is fantastic neat,.and a prefect slow sipper. Again, maybe bc of strength, but I find the buzz from this unique and very desirable. Now I'm trying to figure out how I might b able to get more than the 4 I already have into my suitcase along with: yoichi and miyagikyo no age statements, nikka 12 year pure malt, yamazaki 10 yr single malt, Yoichi 10 , and Miyagikyo 10.
3rd December 2012
best of the best
28th November 2012
scared at first when I nosed one of the bottles i bought here in Japan, because it is strronng. But now when I open the bottle for a sniff, wow, very much bourbon like sweetness, can't wait to experiment with small drops of water with small servings of this whisky to see what that does. But I generally like to drink neat, and so I do here. The nose can be so wonderful and I detect lovely favors on the tongue with a fiery sensation on the way down. But at over 50% that is to be expected..all I know so far is that I like this whisky more and more with each try. And the buzz is very very nice..Does anyone from m.o.m. or anywhere else know if it is true that this and other tasty whiskies really have color added? I don't even know if that has a bad connotation to it; and even tho the majority of reviews online have people saying they love this whisky (and many say it is one of the best bargain quality whiskies in the world), one guy didn't have nice things to say and added that this was another dram with color added. Anyone privy?
26th November 2012
Bought this as a bit of a conversation piece but boy was I happy I had. Love this stuff. Simply great. Will need more soon.
22nd November 2012
Simply the best blended whisky you will find, no discussion.
23rd May 2012
I am far from a whiskey connoisseur but I have to write this review, I had my first taste of Whisky in the form of Johnnie Walker about 6 months ago, from that moment I knew I had found my goto alcohol to unwind and relax with. Since that moment 6 months ago I have tried Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Famous Grouse, Talisker and Jamesons. I thought I had Whisky pegged, but I just got this today and I can honestly say its the best whiskey Ive tasted so far, it hits your mouth like Johnnie Walker but the taste a few seconds after is amazing, it almost turns into a liquor taste as the flavour becomes very creamy, but still packs the amazing feeling drinking whisky gives. Like I said I'm no where near an expert on this stuff, but to topple all those other brands Ive tasted, this whisky is something special.
31st January 2012
Incredible value for an exceptional whiskey. Matured in Bourbon hogsheads I imagine because it's heading in that direction - not a 'Scotch' wannabe in any way. Despite strength (50%?) its smooth and rounded enough to drink neat. Aftertaste goes on forever, some peat, rich mouthfeel, complex nose with orange peel/ almonds/ coconut/ peat and plenty more. Shame it's only 50cl. Packageing is quite special - a great present. Scotch connoiseurs might not enjoy because it isnt an immitator. But if you have an open mind, this will be a firm favourite and worth tracking down.
10th December 2011
It's really beautiful whisky .. but only what i want to know is how many years is matured ? or this information is unknown ? can somebody help me with it ?
9th April 2011
I just tried this last night thanks to a friend having a bottle.This is an exquisite whisky.Amazing nose, I could sit sniffing it in for hours!Very good and rich palate!I must get one for myself soon!
14th October 2010
This whiskey was bought for me as a present and I found it to be very pleasant but stronger than my usual scotch. It was better than I expected; I wouldn't have had the Japanese down as accomplished whiskey makers. I would buy it again and would recommend it.
6th December 2009
What value! I know it's only a 50cl bottle, but still, touch of peat too. Great stuff...
10th November 2009