With Father’s Day looming this Sunday, Nikka from the Barrel is the option for your old man. The thirst for Japanese whiskies, especially on home shores, is still powering along exponentially at present with prices for the exported goods continuing to skyrocket. Nikka from the Barrel, while delivering on the hype, bucks the pricing trend and proves itself to be the best value for money Japanese whisky on the market.
The buzz around Asian whiskies is dominated by Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki which are all under the Beam Suntory portfolio. The birth and creation of Japanese whisky, however, rests comfortably with Nikka Distillery and its founder Masataka Taketsuru who is widely considered the godfather of local industry.
Anyway, I digress, back to Nikka from the Barrel. Rumour has it this is slowly being phased off retail shelves and will soon only be available in Australian bars. Get in fast before it shares the same pricing fate as its other Japanese rivals.
Plenty of dried fruits here, think apricots and prunes. The sweetness is enhanced with delicate floral notes. The 50% plus alcoholic volume hits the nosing late without overpowering the experience.
The palate on Nikka from the Barrel is very different from the nosing. It’s full of baking spice notes. Mid-palate you’ll find toffee and vanilla emerge. There are moments where you feel the sweetness will burst open and take over the tasting, though the spices keep them in check.
If you want the sweetness to gather momentum you can just add a dash of water. You’re in complete control with the higher alcohol content.
Like the palate, the finish is full of surprises with a toffee sweetness twirling across the backend with peppery spice and slight clove-like bitterness.
Although Australian prices for Nikka from the Barrel are higher then other countries it punches well above its weight in the segment and is well worth the $65-$75 price range.
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