Monday, February 8, 2016

Tasting: Nikka. Pure Malt. Black

Nikka. Pure Malt. Black
Vatted malt

Distillery: Nikka
Region: Japan
Age: NAS
Proof/ABV: 43%
Dk price: $55/370dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 86/100

Nikka used to produce 3 different Pure Malts. Named Black, White and Red. Earlier this year, Nikka discontinued White. So now we are left with two. They are all NAS vatted malts, or blended as we call it these days. Black mainly contains malts from Yoichi and probably one more unnamed distillery.

Like so many other distilleries, Nikka has over the past years produced a wide selection of NAS bottles. They slipped a couple of times, but most of them is very high standard and excellent quality whisky.

The nose is floral and fruity sweet, with peach, orange, vanilla, black pepper, peat and smoke. 

It is full bodied and creamy with more peach, dark chocolate, toffee, peat and oak. 

The aftertaste lingers in a slow smoky finish.