Full Review

Nikka

Nikka
From the Barrel Japanese Blended Whisky

Category: Japanese Blended Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 51.4%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$69.99

Nikka
From the Barrel Japanese Blended Whisky

Category: Japanese Blended Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 51.4%
Dark amber color. Aromas of cinnamon pastry, pickled ginger, sourdough, honey, and raisins with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length crepes, dulce de leche, butter-poached pear, and toasted spice cake finish. A rich and toasty Japanese blended whisky that offers big character that will stand up in craft cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: cinnamon pastry, pickled ginger, sourdough, honey, and raisins
Taste Flavor: crepes, dulce de leche, butter-poached pear, and toasted spice cake
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Whiskey Sour, Whiskey Smash
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and toasty Japanese blended whisky that offers big character that will stand up in craft cocktails.

The Producer or Importer

Hotaling & Co. Importer-Distiller

The Producer or  Importer
550 Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
1 415-630-5910

Their Portfolio

95 Denizen 3 Year Old White Rum 40% (Trinidad & Jamaica) $19.99.
96 Denizen Merchant’s Reserve 8 Year Old Rum 43% (Jamaica & Martinique) $34.99.
84 J.H. Cutter Blended Whiskey 48% (USA) $49.99.
93 JUNíPERO Gin 49.3% (USA) $32.99.
91 Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $89.99.
89 Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $99.99.
88 Kavalan Distillery Select Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $59.99.
97 Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 59.4% (Taiwan) $159.99.
90 Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 59.4% (Taiwan) $179.99.
93 Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $469.99.
96 Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 59.4% (Taiwan) $199.99.
94 Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $119.99.
92 Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 51.6% (Taiwan) $69.99.
91 Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 58.6% (Taiwan) $69.99.
95 Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $299.99.
93 Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $124.99.
93 Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $149.99.
89 Kavalan Distillery Select Whisky - for the US Market 43% (Taiwan) $59.99.
95 Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey 45% (Japan) $69.99.
93 Nikka Coffey Malt Whiskey 45% (Japan) $.00.
94 Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Whisky 45% (Japan) $79.99.
91 Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt Whisky 45% (Japan) $79.99.
91 Nikka From the Barrel Japanese Blended Whisky 51.4% (Japan) $69.99.
89 The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 40% (Scotland) $.00.
93 The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 40% (Scotland) $.00.
93 The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 40% (Scotland) $.00.

Japanese Blended Whisky

Spirits Glass Glencairn Canadian Amber.jpg
Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Outside of Scotland, there may be no other country that produces as many great whiskeys as Japan. A few natives began producing whiskeys in Japan in the early 20th century, and armed with knowledge from time spent in Scotland learning their craft, blended whiskeys were born in Japan. Single malts did no come about in Japan until the late 20th century and today they are regarded as among the finest in the world.

The finest Japanese single malts are aged for a lengthy period, from 12-18 years. Styles vary from relatively light to more full-bodied with a peaty quality very much in the style of a single malt Scotch. Flavors range from honeyed cereal to brown spices, leather and tobacco. The quality is outstanding; these are meant to be sipped and enjoyed with a cigar after dinner.

Best Buys for
Japanese Blended Whisky