Another Nikka hits my glass. The Nikka Whisky from the barrel. Strange name, cause aren't they all from a barrel?
This blend comes at 51,4%, is double matured and has a nice dark golden appearance.
Swirling it, reveales nice oily legs. Nosing it, is as expected with it's 51,4% a bit alcoholic, so just a little dilution will do.
A strange combination of sweet orange/apricot and wet laundry hits my nostrils. A bit simple at this point.
The palate has a bit more to offer, starting of sharp but soon mellowing down to a vanilla sweetness. With stewed apple and summerfruits. I guess the manzunara oak provided the palate with some warm winterspices.
The powerful and lingering finish showed ripe fruits, a nice cinnamon apple and oaky spice.
Again another respectable and enjoyable dram from the land of the rising sun.
With 30€/50cl this one is well worth the money.
I doubt if the ones with an age statement can come up to the hefty price tags though.