Thursday, December 13, 2007
Nikka Whisky from the Barrel
Double Matured Blended Whisky
51.4% abv 24F30C
£21 (gift pack shown in image is £32)
Nikka is one of the biggest whisky producers in Japan and was founded by the godfather of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. Nikka pioneered the single cask release format in Japan and owns Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. I have no time to write anything more today. I will update as soon as I get a chance.
Tasted with Tante Anne. Her notes appear in quotes.
Bubble gum, dry sherry, and a zip of orange zest. Solo. Evaporated milk, sweet caramel chews.
"Smells Japanese. Like old wooden Japanese homes" (She has spent a lot of time in Japan).
Minty sherry oak and plastic bags. Walnuts, raspberry seeds, delicious bittersweet notes like slices of Gala apples. Very dry finish with some pine and a cocoa smokiness.
Nose opened up with time and patience and made varied impressions. Water dulled the impact on the palate but helped discriminate between flavours. A very impressive package in a very impressive package. And another rich but affordable Japanese whisky. There is something Aberlour and Teaninich about it.
Tried it as a MIZUWARI and it was gentle, but with a surprisingly complex array of flavours from brioche to cherries to chocolatey smoke.
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