Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

This quote from Master of Malt says it all...
Whisky from the Barrel is one of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world. An incredible dram from Nikka, so much power!
Other than a hyphenation issue, I'm going along with this. Seriously, Nikka does this thing where they sell excellent whiskies at ridiculous prices, which is probably why they oversold their available-for-bottling Yoichi and Miyagikyo single-malt stock and ended up having to remove these whiskies from their catalog. It's great to pay such little money for such good whisky, but unfortunately it won't last long when people get to know how good it is. Which, of course, means that I probably shouldn't be writing posts like this one. However, I believe in whisky for all, so this is what I do.

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel is bottled at just over 50% abv and is a malt & grain blend. It has the usual Japanese qualities, plum and brown sugar on the nose, vanilla and oak on the palate, and a medium, spicy finish. For me, this whisky is as enjoyable as Hibiki 12 Year from Suntory, but at one-third the cost, it's the best option for an everyday Japanese drinking whisky. 

One final note about Nikka FTB: it isn't regularly available as far as I can tell, and when I did find it at one of my go-to bottle shops, it was locked in their premium-spirits glass case, which means it probably is pretty rare. And at under $20 US per 500 ml bottle, it's maybe the best whisky for the money anywhere in the world.

  • 51.4% abv
  • Malt & Grain blend
  • Under $20 US in Tokyo