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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.

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


I got to admit I also decided for this bottle on recommendation of a friend who tried it some years ago. I was shocked during my initial taste by realizing how ethylic its essence is: after 3/4 of an ounce my palate was numb already! In the past, I've enjoyed several whiskeys with a comparable ABV (Macaln and Glenfarclas stand out) and I’ve never been left with such a feeling.

I wouldn't come to terms with that and, by the second tasting, I added a couple of drops of water and it improved substantially. You can then sense the Japanese character of the malt and enjoy the notes they are known for. The overwhelming alcohol and the thin body don’t allow me to give a better rating.

2nd February 2021

Awesome Whisky

Very strong flavour, best one I've far. Wow!

26th January 2021

Extremely disapointed

Nail varnish remover. Ethanol overpowers everything. I bought into the online hype

18th January 2021

we loved it

we got this one and a green label for the festivities and this one is far superior. similar price but just half a liter instead of the usual .7o we loved how sweet it it

17th January 2021

Japanese quality

Delightful, solf, but still strong. Just like Japan itself.

24th December 2020

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

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