Nicknamed as “Bearded Black” Black Nikka Special has been in the market since 1965. A Japanese classic blend distilled in two-column Coffey stills. For a blended whisky, it was fairly drinkable, a househould dram suitable for people on the go.
Nikka Black Special is a takeaway whisky, best enjoyed at a party or in rock concert. Or while in a hurry, like when you’re battling with Yakuza mobsters in Hong Kong. A true Rush Hour whisky, funny and vibrant.
It is not the greatest dram, you’ll ever taste but it is decent enough for everyday use. I can imagine taking a bottle of Black Nikka while hurrying to a bus, going to some rock festival or to house party.
Surely I can drink this at home relaxing, but there’s so many other drams for that purpose as well.
Nose: Sweet with nuts and little bit of refreshing vanilla.
Taste: The sweetness goes away and is replaced with spices and salt with some bitter notes of dark chocolate.
Finish: Creamy with some malt, medium long.
Balance: Very lively dram that offers a decent mix of sweet and spicy notes. No eureka moments but a steady and fairly nice blended whisky.
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: 18 | Taste: 18 | Finish: 17 | Balance: 18
Overall score: 71
Distillery: Yoichi distillery
Check out my review of Nikka Blended Whisky as well.