The Nikka 12 Year Old Blended Japanese Whisky
The Nikka 12 Year Old Blended Japanese Whisky was launched as a national exclusive in Japan to commemorate Nikka’s 80th anniversary. This is a pure Japanese blend, only whiskies from the Miyagikyo distillery (lighter and more elegant expressions) and the Yoichi distillery (delivering more robust expressions). This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a quality aged statement Japanese whiskies given the recent shortages and significant price increases from Suntory's whisky stables.
2015 – Best Japanese Blended Whisky 12 Years and Under (World Whisky Awards)
2016 – Best Japanese Blended Whisky 12 Years and Under (World Whisky Awards)
2017 – Category Winner GOLD (World Whisky Awards)
2017 – GOLD (International Spirits Challenge)
Tasting note: Deep polished brass. Opening sniffs are fresh, zesty, becoming floral soft with poached pear and apple, developing beeswax, cocoa and sweet spices, in particular cinnamon and nutmeg. A blend of poise and presence, marrying mature depth with the vibrancy of youth. Also surprisingly intense. Entry is medium dry, evolving with sweeter malt and honeyed fruits (apple, pear) framed by lively spices. Miyagikyo's delicate, fruity notes are wonderfully woven into the sweeter grains through the finish. Pepper warmth and oaky freshness lingers. Beautifully structured. The kind of masterful blend that puts many a Scot to shame. 43% Alc./Vol.
Dave Broom (whiskyadvocate.com) Review: This blend is soft and quite sweet, with low levels of spice and that characteristic Nikka richness behind, a classic fist in a velvet glove. Ripe, round, and generous, there’s cocoa and butterscotch, with plenty of persimmon and nutmeg. Lush, round, and balanced; a classic Japanese blend. This will become the core blend in the range. 85 points -
Nonjatta.com...most importantly, the quality is superb. We got an advance sample and it really is a great sipping whisky. On the nose, the presence of the Coffey grain is immediately clear (with notes of roast coconut flakes and banana leaves), but it’s balanced with orchard fruits (green apples and pears) supplied by the Miyagikyo malt and a slight whiff of peat from the Yoichi malt. On the palate (it’s bottled at 43% abv, by the way), you get annin dofu, orchard fruits again, barley sugar and a touch of white pepper. The finish is medium-long on Oreo cookies and shortbread with a bit of grapefruit peel and some spice thrown in the mix.