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Nikka Pure Malt Black

(50cl, 43%)

Nikka Pure Malt Black

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Nikka Black Bottling Note

Jim Murray scored different batches of Pure Malt Black with 92 and 95 points respectively. This is a great dram, a blended malt made up of whisky from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Full of fruit, balanced oak, peat and toffee.

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Nikka Pure Malt Black Reviews

For the price its really good and worth the buy. Its similar to Nikka Yoichi, which I prefer, but if you are willing to spend a little extra, I would recommend the Yoichi

Nikka Pure malt black - (On the nose) fruity, light smoke, malt, syrup, malty, sweet, (Palate) slightly similar to Nikka Yoichi, slight brine may be, toffee, fruit.

18th February 2021

Disappointing

Smell reminds me of Cognac (maybe this is a unique personal observation!)... missing the honey taste of Nikka from the barrel.

29th December 2020

Not Whiskey.

I don't think this is 43% proof. Drinks like sweet caramel colored lemonade. Very odd. Pleasant but not in the Whiskey category of beverages. No aroma.
Bottle 18B22A.

20th June 2020

Significant quality drop

I live near the Yoichi distillery. This used to be /phenomenally/ good circa 2016 and before, especially for the price (1,200 yen or $9.00 USD, yes NINE DOLLARS in most Japanese grocery stores.)

Unfortunately, after Jim Murray's review, it virtually disappeared from stores.

In February, I braved the COVID pandemic (then a burgeoning East Asia epidemic) and headed over to the distillery bottle shop to stock up. Well, I'm not sure what they are bottling now, but it is watered down beyond the point of being acceptable.

The content of these bottles is absolutely in no way the same thing awarded 92/95 points.

In fact, while good batches of Nikka (specifically Yoichi) are some of my favorite whiskies ever, quality control from 2018-2020 has seriously taken a dive, likely due to hype-influenced demand for a whiskey which simply does not exist, as not enough was initially produced before the Japanese whiskey boom. This is why age statements disappeared for Nikka.

Be mindful that, today, both Nikka and Suntory products are all over the map quality-wise and probably will not align with the adoring and glowing reviews of the products from several years ago. While I prefer Nikka's products, I think Suntory has maintained consistent quality standards better than Nikka has. That said, the bottlings of both are less than thrilling all around, especially for the prices paid in foreign markets. (They are less than half the price here in Japan).

Of course, this can and hopefully will change as newer bottlings emerge in 7-10 years.

7th May 2020

Love it 👍

Love it 👍

13th November 2019

gooooood One !

Quiet close to the Highland park valknut. Less coffee and more chocolate milk. Well balance. If you have toffee, it is not on the same level than the Nikka from the Barrel. Still very enjoyable and easy.

18th January 2019

Lovely stuff

I've had nikka before in a few different guises. From the barrel, coffey etc. But this really is a hugely enjoyable experience. Lovely finish. Would definitely recommend.

27th August 2017

perfect sunny afternoon dram with a cigar.

Leave it to the Japanese to take something that was perfect, and make it better!

10th June 2017

Black attack!

Very Nice!👍😎

22nd May 2017

Most excellent!

Something I want more. Soft, rich and sophisticated.

9th May 2017

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