Nikka From the Barrel Japanese Blended Whisky (50cl, 51.4%)
Nikka whisky is a Japanese company that distills many fine alcoholic beverages. From the Barrel is known for it’s exotic spin on an old highland drink, bursting with character. A drop of water is advised as it really helps to bring out the taste. Japanese whisky, Nikka inparticular, is quickly contending for the Scot’s crown with top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010.
Nose: Spicy and peppery, but there’s a richness behind it, with spicy oak and soft orange fruitiness, and soft vanilla notes from the bourbon cask.
Palate: Grainy sweetness and candied orange peel, quite rich, accompanied by rich cinnamon and clove.
Finish: Great balance, this really needs a little water to allow the flavours to unfurl.