NIKKA FROM THE BARREL ~ JAPAN
94/100 Whisky Advocate
86/100 Whisky Base
84/100 The Whisky Philes
#1: Top 20 Whiskies of 2018 - The Whisky Advocate
Bronze: Daily Dram 2013 - Malt Maniacs Awards
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.
Master of Malt "A huge depth of flavour in this stunning Japanese whisky. We can't recommend this enough."
Jeffery Lindenmuth - Whisky Advocate "It is a classic... It is typically Japanese, yet singularly magnificent. It is delightful sipped neat and also blossoms with water. Even the simple, squat bottle is in contrast to the profound complexity within. The great majority of new Japanese whiskies now arriving to our shores are so rare and so expensive that they seem intended only for elite whisky lovers. Nikka From the Barrel is a consummate Japanese blend for anyone to enjoy."
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.
Nikka Distillery consists of two distilleries; Yoichi and Miyagikyo. Yoichi Distillery was established in 1934. Positioned in the harsh and rich nature of northern Japan, the climate satisfies everything needed for whisky-making. Miyagikyo distillery was established in 1969. Along with the different terroir, the different distillation method of Miyagikyo creates distinctive malt whiskies than those at Yoichi.