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Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

(50cl, 51.4%)

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
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Nikka From The Barrel Bottling Note

The award-winning Nikka Whisky From The Barrel blend is absolutely full of flavour. Bottled at 51.4% ABV. The blend combines both single malt and grain whiskies from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, which are then married in a huge variety of casks, including bourbon barrels, sherry butts and refill hogsheads. A huge depth of flavour in this stunning Japanese whisky. We can't recommend this enough.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Reviews

Pure necter

Got Nikka whiskey from the barrel as a present and really enjoyed it. As a whiskey drinker and enjoy Irish whiskey or a bourbon Jack Daniels I found Nikka a very pleasant smooth and flavoursome whisky

23rd November 2020


Toffee above any other flavour at first taste and then spice flavours come through. Didn’t find it too peaty and was surprised to learn it is a blend. Very lovely. Rolls around the tongue and makes me go “mmmmm”!

16th November 2020


I tend to add a drop of water to my whisky and at over 50%, add a drop more to this.

Its smooth, warming with a slight oiliness in the mouth. To me, there are not layers of flavour, but a lovely dark fruits/sherry taste, with Christmas vibes. Maybe a hint of vanilla and toffee.

This taste just lingers on and develops to be a bit sharper and the spice comes in.

A very nice drink indeed. Reminds me of Penderyn madeira finish, but a bit more rounded (better).

Would definitely buy again.

25th October 2020

Tastes like an ethanol forward scotch

I admit. I bought into the hype. As with a few prior posters, my bottle was pure ethanol overpowering EVERYTHING. The flavors that did come through were smoke, peat, and scotch oakiness. I love bourbon and hate scotch, tho I’m sure my bottle works for some. I relinquished the second bottle.

8th October 2020

Absolutely beautiful Whisky, bottle lets it down.

Did not expect it to be as smooth and full of depth with it being over 50% - quickly becoming my favourite over the lowland distilleries. The only criticism I have is the bottle, it may seem pedantic but its notoriously difficult to pour from, a simple elongation of the neck and you wouldn't have any of this nectar dribble down the side.

2nd October 2020

a Stonker

The only thing wrong with this Nikka offering is that it only comes in a 50 cl bottle!

I am a massive fan of whisky and love to try new things but this is one of the few that I buy multiple times. A joy on your own or in company

2nd October 2020

Depth and excitement

Sublime, so much depth and flavour.

9th September 2020

Will buy some more. The KIRRIEMUIR JOCK

Sweet vanilla caramel honey a surprisingly nice dram!!

1st September 2020

Drinks like a scotch. Lingers like a dream.

My future son in law produced this to state his intentions. I loved it at first dram. Still warming up to the man who wants to take my daughter! But since, I’ve sought it out and found two more hard-to-find bottles. Worth it!

20th August 2020

Nice One

The taste is the best of one of Japan's whiskeys.
I think anyone can enjoy this Nikka with great pleasure. Especially when you enjoy it neatly with a little extra water.

12th August 2020

Very Good and Well Balanced

The reviews here are a little confusing, terms like paint stripper, or overly smokey/peaty seem really odd. Perhaps there is something to the bad batch that folks suggest.

There is peat for sure, but more like an Oban or Talisker but much less than you'd typically find in a peaty Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, etc and it's certainly not the dominate flavor nor over powering. Likewise, this is a very smooth dram, maybe warm, but not at all harsh and certainly not paint stripper.

I found this to be really well balanced, with some sweet sherry up front transitioning to caramel, butterscotch, tobacco and peat, letting the finish linger long enough to savor. It's a little pricey, so depending on your tastes, you may or may not find this dram worth the cost. Price not withstanding, this is a very good, high quality dram.

11th August 2020

Best Japanese Whiskey

I tasted Nikka Barrel in Japan last year, it'd best whiskey you can drink easily. Nit and on the rocks

26th July 2020

Ignore the below low score review

Please disregard the low score review below mine, must have been an off cask or your palate was different than the inital dram you had.
Bottom line - Nikka from the barrel is definitely one of the best bang for your buck Whiskeys I have had (and I have tried over 100 from around the world.)
Great ABV (not too "Cask Strengthy" but still strong enough where a drop or two of water goes a long way to open it up.) Soft inviting and still with a nice depth of flavour it is a solid one to serve guests that won't break the bank!

25th July 2020


Initially tried a dram and it was lovely. Smooth, warming with a pleasant after taste. I decided to buy a bottle and have been left very disappointed. Much like a previous reviews I can only class it as paint stripper. The alcohol smell and burn completely over powers any flavour. Sounds like luck of the draw...?

2nd July 2020

Fantastic value and taste - for people new to whisky but also those who enjoy Japanese quality.

A fantastically smooth drink, easygoing yet better depth than other bottles in the price range. I would recommend the gift set with the pourer and glasses (shove both in the chiller / fridge) and enjoy straight.

30th May 2020

Wholly comforting

Neat from a Glencarn glass.

Nose: wonderful range of candied sugars with vanilla, dark cherry, caramel, hint of butterscotch, plums, blonde raisin, and sweet floral essences.

Palate: Definitely higher ABV but SMOOTH and WARMING. Malty front with a diminishing (not fleeting) kaleidscope of dark fruit and "browned" sugars... a plum fruit tree with edible sweet flowers. Tantalizing hint of bakers chocolate.

Finish: Warm coat over the whole tongue, not oily but uniform like step reclining in a relaxing sauna.

Overall the feel is warm and refreshing for year round enjoyment!

28th May 2020


As a beginner this is one of the most smooth whisky, hard to imagine it's actually 51%+. Surprised it not usually show up as recommendation for beginner, but I'm in

13th May 2020


Smoke and mirrors, this one. Minus the mirrors. And I mean it tastes so smokey that any other flavors supposed to be there were not apparent, not even conceivable. What the heck happened here? Go to the hardware store instead - they'll likely give you a small block of scrap wood to suck on for free.

6th May 2020

A pleasant whisky at a decent price - just not stunning

A pleasant whisky at a decent price.

I don't agree with "huge depth of flavour" nor it being "stunning" but it is a very nice, very easy to drink and incredibly smooth, creamy whisky without being overly sweet. Smoothness hides the alcoholic content very well!

Could taste caramel and maybe a hint of orange in there? Empty bottle smelt heavily of vanilla but I couldn't taste in the glass.

Like a very smooth Glennfidich but dial down the taste and complexity?

I tried a sampler and I'll happily add this to my list for future full sized bottles. It's a good one to offer guests who aren't sure of what they like and also enjoy yourself.

I can imagine a couple would be quite boring but as an opener no one will be offended if you offer this as a first drink.

It's a good whisky and very easy to enjoy - just dial down the hyperbole and accept it for what it is - a compentent blend that's a very easy going drink.

10th April 2020

Over priced paint stripper

I heard nothing but good reviews about this stuff wherever I looked so eventually took the plunge and bought a bottle... big mistake.

I can only think that as another reviewer has hit on, the distillery have found themselves forcing this stuff out for either profit and/or demand and have therefore massively reduced the quality. Similar to what happened with Elijah Craig when they binned off their 12 yo which was amazing and replaced it with bin juice.

This is the sort of whisky you'd expect to find for £7.99 a litre in your local knock off store. Cos it's rubbish. Stay well clear and go spend your £30 odd on something that's worth it.

16th March 2020

Smooth yet full-bodied.

Wow! My first taste. Excellent - smooth yet full-bodied. Bottle needs redesign tho: impossible to pour cleanly from it.

6th February 2020


One off the best japanees wiskey.....
If you like hiland Bark,mack calland

28th December 2019

A standout and well priced

Superb ...big character. I get a lot of sherry in the first taste. Beautifully smooth and the big alcohol hit is dangerously well hidden. I love it

27th December 2019


When i first drunk this bottle in 2014 it was an incredible experience, really good and now in 2019 i was offered a new bottle and i got to tell that i was devastated...i had high hopes of remembering those flavours but no...i don't know what happened...high demand/cut time but in the nose it burns you, in your tongue you feel a big burn and it punches you in your stomach...

24th December 2019

Great whisky, needs a better bottle top

Great. Nose: strong alcohol on the nose first, then on the go back lightens and come the floral , raisin & toffee, finish with a white pepper tingle. Palate, surprisingly less alcoholy than the nose suggested, toffee, caramel and dark fruit, peppery lingering finish.
Like it the dram, like the "look" of the bottle but don't like the bottle neck or screw cap at all! The neck is so short (no neck) it's impossible to pour a wee dram without a dribble..aghh. And a Screw cap no less! Are we going the way of no cork screw cap wine? Heaven forbid! A whisky of this quality and price (Equiv. of CAD $99/750 ml in BC Canada) should have a cork and good pouring physics, come on, eh?

22nd December 2019

Love it

love this whisky.... gets a bad rap off snobs who don't like anything other than Scottish whisky and won't admit that's the reason they don't like it.
Give them a drink and don't tell them its Japanese and the reviews will be different

30th November 2019

More like a single malt

I don't understand some of the reviews here. I can only assume those that dislike this Nikka have little experience or maybe just don't a peat flavour. I was introduced to this by an employee at St Georges Distillery. I had wanted to try a Japanese Scotch for a while and this put any pre-conceptions I may have had firmly to bed. Its a fantastic drinking scotch. It was not until sometime later I discovered it was a blend. I'm a pretty hardened single malt addict and prefer peaty and smokey whisky's. Nikka is the only blend I have so far come across that keeps me smiling. Mind you at nearly 52% that does not take long....

4th November 2019

I enjoyed it.

For the price this is decent. I poured myself a large one, went down a treat. Didn't realise the strength till I got up. Slowed down from then. For a budget blended you can't really go wrong.

8th October 2019

Not at all recommended

Ridiculously over rated.

30th August 2019

Wanting something more

Tastes like a peated bourbon.
Plenty of caramel on the palate with a slight whisp of smoke to finish.
Not as nuanced as I would have hoped.
Luckily I tracked down a bottle near cost as some places are asking as much as double.
I won't feel guilty when enjoying this in highball fashion.

13th August 2019

You have to sample it to believe its quality!

One of the best whiskies I have tasted. As good as the best Scottish brands

12th August 2019

The emperor's new clothes

Just because people say its good doesn't make it good & its not

9th July 2019


This was my first introduction to Nikka. What a joy! If I could compare,I'd say it's like Geisha. Smells like spring, really light and fresh,like the first bouquet of flowers you make after going to neverending fields.Taste is sophisticated,yet very easy going and soft. couldn't have guessed that it's stronger than most whiskies. There's awhole spring packed in that little modest bottle. 10/10

5th July 2019


My favourite whisky.
Somehow manages to be easy to drink & refreshing, almost like a good bourbon, yet complex with great depth of flavour - up there with the best scotch. I love it. Just a shame the (also beautiful) bottles are only 500ml.

4th July 2019

Just buy it

Does not disappoint at all, similar to a Glenfarclas. One of my favourites and am dreading finishing the bottle.

15th June 2019

Smooth, sweet little thing

Despite its strength its a smooth, sweet little whisky (caramel, toffee and vanilla).
Not much more too it then that, you could happily sink 2 or 3 of these.

4th June 2019

Highly recommend you try it

this could well be one of my new favourites, I normally a bourbon man but the Nikka whisky from the barrel is very nice indeed, full of flavour and with a lovely lingering after taste of fruit and oak.. definitely try it..

19th May 2019

Best blend ever tasted

Nicest blend I tasted, Grouse and Bells don’t come close

16th May 2019

really nice, no fuss, punching above its weight Nikka

i have tried a lot of expensive and aged whisky lately and for the price, blend balance, pure enjoyment and yes, complexity I can see why Japanese whiskey is so in demand. It's not Japanese over scotch, its just pockets of sensory discovery that provide moments of life enjoyment and this whiskey is one of them... for sure... A defo in my dram collection going forward.

15th May 2019

Warm, spicy, complex: Simply Perfect

My new favorite! I love Scottish single malts (e.g. Balvenie 12, Macallan, etc.) but doing a side-by-side tasting, I have to admit that I prefer the Nikka; it's just way more interesting and complex.

6th January 2019

Strong and tasty

I bought this for my husband as a change for Christmas. at first he was a bit surprised and unsure by the strong taste of the whisky but now he would rate it as one of his favourites, to be enjoyed as a treat rather than an every day drink.

4th January 2019

Decent - Just

This is a bit of a nothing whisky. It's easy to drink as it's very uncomplicated and there isn't a lot going on to distinguish it from other average blends

2nd January 2019


Thank goodness that it's only a 50cl bottle! It is strong BUT this is something to give at parties to get unwanted guests to leave

31st December 2018

Very good!

Haven’t tasted many Japanese whisky and not much into blended but this was a great surprise. It is among my favorites now

28th October 2018


It is the first Japanese whisky I tried. Actually, it is also the first blend i have bought. I am a big fan of Islay whisky, complex and peaty, like Lagavulin. I must say, even it is a totally different taste, that kicks ass ! Simply amazing: fruity, spicy, no bitterness at all and a very long and complex finish with caramel and vanilla on top. My goodness ! 5 stars.

22nd October 2018

The second best whiskey I've every tasted. The first is gone and never to be replaced however (a single cask, 488 botttles).

We brought a bottle back from Nakasu (Fukuoka) about 3 weeks ago, on a gamble really, and shared it with our ohana the following weekend - what a tremendous surprise! it was loved by all and quickly disappeared. Most of this group is much more experienced with diverse and expensive whiskies than myself so I won't try to describe the taste, although someone said it was "sweet". All I know is I'll be buying a lot more of it, now that I know just how good it is! a real bargain too.

18th October 2018


Thick dense and tasty

11th October 2018

Enjoyable Japanese quality whisky

In terms of price performance and availability this is one of the better value Japanese whiskies and blends in the market.

It has influences of vanilla, oranges and cinnamon and its very well rounded and easy going at 51.4% abv.

Yes this Nikka blend is a crowd pleaser but it is also bursting of flavor and just a well made whisky.

1st October 2018

Excellent blend

One of my favourite blends. Enjoy it with a splash of water

26th September 2018

Too good!

This combines what I love about bourbon and what I love about scotch. Arrival for me is a rich salted caramel with a hint of bacon. Finish is spicy with some pepper and citris. This ain’t your dads blended whisky.

23rd August 2018

One of the best!

This is by far one of the best whiskies I've tried, let alone best for under £40! Up there with Glen Livet's Founder Reserve

Warm, sweet, fruity and reassuring, with a little punch of spice at the end.

Even better with a little water

17th August 2018


My go-to #1 favorite to savor neat. No matter how often I venture out, and perhaps enjoy the journey, this is home.

14th July 2018

Great whisky. Affordable and delicious.... For now.

Still get this at certain supermarkets in Sapporo for ¥2000!!! It's such great value. I hear American consumers will have it available there soon. So might want to stock up as this could drive up prices elsewhere.

12th July 2018

This one is good!

Not long ago, I bought two bottles of this for about 4500 yen total (around $21 each). I still have one and I'm hanging on to it. They're over 3000 yen if you can even manage to find them now. There's really something unique about the way they marry aged malt and grain whiskies and then further age the mixture in wood. It sets this whisky apart. The closest thing I've found to compare this to is the Cutty Sark Prohibition. But it's not really in the same class. If you see these anywhere, I'd suggest grabbing them (or telling me where they are).

28th May 2018


Excellent Whiskey

17th May 2018

Much better with a drop of water.

I enjoyed my bottle of Nikka, found it a little harsh neat, but just a drop of water opened it up nicely and made it thoroughly drinkable.

3rd May 2018

Magical (to me of course).

It tastes like Scotch but there's something different about it. After drinking it I realized it's a blend, for the grain element is married flawlessly into it. Full bodied and pleasant, 51.4% but you wouldn't tell that from the nose or undiluted taste. Add a bit of water and it will release some aromas that weren't there before.
I admit, I approached this one with skepticism, "yeah Japanese, what do they know" and I was thought a lesson: Japanese can turn anything into art.

This one is really special, even if it's sold in 500ml bottles.

3rd May 2018

Really excellent

Excellent. Incredibly full flavour, like a punch in the nose. I loved it.

29th April 2018


This is ok and drinkable but nothing special or distinctive.... they big it up far too much

18th April 2018

Expecting too much?

Maybe I was expecting a bit too much, I've heard so much good about this whisky. It is nicely balanced, although I hate to say I found it a little "boring" for my taste. And considering the price I'll most likely not buy it again, it may be cheap for a Japanese whisky, but you could get a nice 70cl scotch for this price.

14th April 2018

Not offensive

Not offensive is the best I can say

8th April 2018

So much better than it should be!

This is fantastic whisky. I live in Japan. Yet, it's hard to find it here much of the time. But when you do, it's actually pretty cheap ($20 or $25). And it's worth every penny/yen. It's rich, complex, and full-flavored. Sure, it does have an 'edge' that older whiskies usually don't, but don't let that turn you off. It's not a bad thing. This whisky has "something special". It punches well above its weight. Enjoy it if you have the chance.

29th March 2018

Not Scotch

Very complex range of flavours, none of which are unpleasant. Reminds me of Californian wines - overstating everything it tries to copy.

The funny shape of the bottle makes it hard to control the pouring.

12th March 2018

A funky little number

Despite the high percentage it doesn't try and fight you for your front teeth. There is a hint of a bite but it's soft, like a gentle nibble. It's rather smooth and even a little creamy on the palette. Definitely a recommended purchase.

14th February 2018


Not much in the way of flavour, it's definitely drinkable but nothing to shout about. Not my taste I'm afraid.

9th February 2018

The little superstar

Great whisky. Notes of fruits, spices, and toffee. 51 abv but goes down as it's 40 abv. Stacks up well against Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hakushu, etc at a fraction of the cost. Only available in 2 stores in the US.

27th January 2018

Worthy to be in any collection

Nectar in a glass with a very little highland water it is equal to the very best scotch

13th January 2018

really good and nice on the palate

I normally have jamesons red breast. Would you put a little water with the Nikka

28th December 2017

A whisky thats worth for the collection.. the nikka black, to! This one, very impressive. Cheers

Its got an inviting nose to it.., hints of spice, subtle oak amidst flowery tones, good one to sip on in any weather!!.. pretty down pat; like your master tasters described it.
Perfect for Melbourne..Aus.
Got introduced to it at a Cool bar called Sloth!
Boris Lissanevitch Jr.

28th December 2017

Buy some

Pure Excellence, best I've ever had

18th December 2017

Bloody good whisky!

Seriously good!

I’ve tasted a few Japanese whiskies in my time but this one is just so good. Its really intense flavour of sweet caramel & far eastern delight delivers something so very pleasurable. The barrels they use impart a flavour I don’t think I’ve found elsewhere. If my translation app works well enough it talks about a soy or sake effect.
Whatever it is it’s bloody good & really value even if it’s only 50 cl.
Do yourself a favour & try this. Your mouth will thank you ;-)

10th December 2017

Good japanese blend

A tasty blend from Nikka but a bit expensive as it is only 500ml. Nikka crafted a unique taste of vanilla, japanese plums and dried fruits. ABV is 53% so adding some water will take away the edge. Otherwise a top quality drink from Yoichi, Hokkaido.

8th November 2017


For my review see highland poacher blended

30th October 2017

Can't believe what good value this is.

Very appealing nose of marzipan, vanilla, banana, pineapple, cedar, pecans and cinnamon. High esters - maybe from long ferment? More like a rum nose - but whisky like when water added with honey, slight peat and malt evident. Really pronounced on the palate - baked orange and pineapple, josticks, prunes, hay, sandalwood, tobacco, cedar - evolves. Long, complex finish - phenolics, coffee, all sorts really. Balanced, intense, defined, long and complex. Outstanding value.

22nd October 2017

Platinum taste

Best whisky which stands alone in its own class of sophistication and taste

20th October 2017


A truly exceptional whisky. May the Japanese reign over the whisky industry indefinitely.

16th October 2017

Very good and smooth

Amazing value for money.. Do NOT hesitate!

5th October 2017

Almost perfect

The best blended I have ever tried , full (but not too full) and kind of sweet , almost perfect

5th October 2017

you bet.

They build a great whiskey .

1st October 2017

Bang for buck

Not a dram to rival the true greats but a very pleasant sipping whisky and in terms of quality for cost it's, pound for pound, the best value foreign whisky on the market.
A must have for any decent drinks cabinet.

29th September 2017


My favourite blend so far. Fairly spicy and very interesting taste. This is in no way a boring whisky.

18th June 2017

try this one

I have tried one bottle just by chance when I was in Yokouska in 2016 without doing any research on the product and I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend to any serious whiskey consumer to try this one, you wont be disappointed.

11th June 2017


Has everything one would want in a proper whisky; it's sweet, salty, fruity, bitter, and little smokey. The balance between these flavours is absolutely superb. It hits not just the tip or the side of your tongue, it attacks the whole damned muscle. It's a hell of a dram and there's only one word that can define properly: UMAMI!

20th May 2017

Simple.. delicious... whisky

So, I've been a whisky drinker for years, and it's easy to get caught up between Scotch and a bourbon flavoured liquor. There's a clear difference between Nikka and other whiskys, maybe Its the price point, it is a very high quality drop. The flavours are smooth, warm caramel with a rose scent, delivers a smooth, vanilla palet that takes you a journey from first sip to the last. I've mixed Nikka with cola, stired between sips with a spoon.. for some strange reason beyond my expertise the drink turns to a light brown colour which is in between cola and whisky more towards the bottom end of the glass. I mix the single barrel Nikka with ice cubes as with all my whiskys and the journey is worth telling my story

19th May 2017

gentle power

My favourite blended, a smooth all rounder, with punch and character.

9th May 2017

Like being smacked in the face.

From the outset, you can smell it's slightly stronger than usual. It's a proper punch of flavour. Slightly unrefined but still plenty to offer. It's spicy in the mouth and certainly not like a smooth malt. The finish lasts into the middle of next week. This is my first Japanese whisky and I will certainly buy more. It's a fun drink to be enjoyed with friends. Not a quiet contemplator.

28th April 2017

Quality is fading

Sadly this is not as good as it was 2 years ago. The whiskey tastes very very young. This used to be my favorite go-to whiskey. I hope my bottle mellows in the coming months as it oxidizes...

26th April 2017

Terrific value in such a small bottle.

Sitting in a Ryokan in Shibu Onsen it tastes pretty good to me.

I bought this on impulse in Nagano on our way here and first sip confirms what great value this drop is.

For an unaged bottling it really does have a character you'd associate with much more expensive Japanese whisky and I'll be bringing more of this home with me if i can find it again .

11th April 2017

looong finish, satisfying blend, take your time with this one

Color: Golden
Sweet, honey, apples, melon, liquorice, mint, chocolate
After brushing teeth: dry/sweet entry, light, hints of fruity aroma, liquorice, spicy, lemon

Slightly bitter, sweet, long and warm

Although 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

I would recommend this over highland park 18 if cost is an issue. HP 18 has a better flavour profile but only marginally. Nikka's higher ABV wins me over.

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

Like a Cognac/Scotch Crossover

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

awesomeness in a bottle

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

Smooth Wonderfulness

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

Very Impressed

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

No better

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

And breathe

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


Best Wishes

29th November 2016

Hard to keep a bottle for long

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

Give it some time, give it some water

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

Great! And difficult to "peg" into a category

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

What a whisky!!

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 frugtsalat

Munden: 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

Very Good

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

Delicious and surprising

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

Where else would it come from?

If you have not tried it,just BUY SOME.

31st July 2016 - my online whisky blog


The 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

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

Wow, I was not expecting this

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

You should try it.

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

Caramel toffee blanket

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 doubt I'll be raving afterwards 😉👍

13th May 2016

A good strong cask strength.

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

Tastes familiar

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 perfection

Japanese in one Bottle. Love IT

30th March 2016

Nikka from barrel

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.

30th March 2016

A real treat

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

Just grrat

Briljant taste

17th March 2016

Remarkably good

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

First time Japanese and really Impressed

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

Virginal experience

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!

17th February 2016



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

Why Not!! Nikka Whiskey

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

Opening it up

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


Wonderful dram!

24th January 2016


Dont need to say something about this one..

21st January 2016

I love this!

Thank you!

9th January 2016

Outstanding, sweet, complex, smooth, amazing

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

Abaot the "nikka from the barrel"

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

Not bad

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

Pleasantly surprised!

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?:)

13th December 2015

Astonishing depth for a blend

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

Great Value and Flavors

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

nikka from the barrel

my first Japanese dram.
very fine ,complex ,much fruit ,high alcohol.
would like to know the age
georg mikula

24th November 2015


Very smooth for the high alc. content

22nd November 2015

Dr D.

Nice length, great packaging but peat overwhelmes

14th November 2015

Very strong

A very nice offering from Nikka

6th November 2015

Amazing Whisky

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

Simpy amazing...

This time I bought two bottles :)

25th September 2015

Pour, sniff, allow to breathe. Sniff, drink, enjoy, repeat.

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

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

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

Extraordinary and fabulous!!!

For me this is same quality level with Yamazaki 18YO but much more affordable price, great value!

28th March 2015

Burn, From the Barrel

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

Incredibly clean with a nice gentle burn.

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

Still one of my favorites

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

I yield!

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

Possibly the most underrated Whisky.

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

One of a kind

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

Caramelised banana

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

Japanese Wonder

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

Yabba dabba doo!

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!

17th December 2014


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!

17th December 2014

A Japanese Delight

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.

17th December 2014


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

A blocky little samurai bottling full of japanese spirit

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

First nose

...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

one of the bests

Even my girlfriend l
love it...

1st October 2014

First. taste

Tastet. Today. For. The. First. Time amtazin. Flaver

30th August 2014

Good indeed

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

great service

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

Poor man's Aberlour a'Bunadh

Similar nose to Aberlour a'Bunadh, but weaker arrival and finish. (And it's more expensive.)

2nd May 2014

Mr fm Grimley

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

Also fantastic packaging

Pretty packaging also..

1st March 2014

Flipping great

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.

1st March 2014


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

Would be a 10

Amazing dram. Would be a perfect ten if it were 70cl.

11th February 2014

Very impressed

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

Day 3 of the Whisky Advent Calendar: My first ever Japanese

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

wasn't expecting a big bite

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

slightly changed since my last review

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 to rate it!

Forgot the 10 stars it deserves!

20th April 2013

Really Loved It!

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!!!

20th April 2013

To try!

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

And here is my rating (missing from above..doh!)

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

All of the above...and then some!

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.

23rd February 2013


Yama surge, koneshiwa arigoto!

14th February 2013

what a brew !

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

I wrote just getting familiar above

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

best of the best

28th November 2012

Just getting familiar

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

Not just a conversation piece!!

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

Absolutely Delicious

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

Wonderful. Bourbon influence, remarkable value

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

Amazing whisky

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

A good birthday present

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

Value for money

What value! I know it's only a 50cl bottle, but still, touch of peat too. Great stuff...

10th November 2009

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