GSN Review: Nikka Whiskey From The Barrel

First introduced in Japan in 1986, Nikka From The Barrel has developed a cult-like status in the world of Japanese whisky – often the most coveted expression to bring back from its homeland. Recently, Nikka Japanese Whisky and U.S. importer Hotaling & Co. announced the arrival of Nikka From The Barrel in the U.S. beginning August 2018.

An extremely complex blended whisky, Nikka From The Barrel was created to deliver full flavors and richness drawn from a blend of more than 100 different batches of malt whisky and grain whisky produced at Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries, and aged in multiple types of ex-Bourbon barrels and puncheons, ex-sherry butts, refilled, recharred and remade hogsheads. The higher proof helps to merge the wide array of flavor compounds, while the 3-6 months of additional aging at Nikka’s aging cellar ensures a marriage of flavors to harmonize the liquid. The iconic bottle is designed to reflect “a small block of whisky” – embodying the rich, strong taste of the whisky within.

“Nikka From The Barrel is the best-selling expression outside of Japan,” says Hotaling & Co. president and CEO, Dennis Carr. “We are thrilled to bring this beloved whisky to the U.S. and look forward to seeing the cocktail creativity it inspires in bartenders across the country.”

Nikka Whiskey From The Barrel (102.8 proof)
Visual: Rich yellow.
Nose: A melange of wood stave patinaed with a gentle touch of sherry and honey. Very direct, forward and compact in tone.
Taste: Sweet and well blended with a bakery flavor similar to sweet rolls. There is a hazelnut character that keeps popping up every few minutes or so. Very smooth.
Finish: Medium, with a fairly quick fade.
Overall: As with most Japanese whiskies, this one is exceptionally well-crafted. The higher proof makes this a great entry-level Nikka whiskey for those who like more than a splash of water in their drink. Easy going and full of bright character.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Hotaling & Co.

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