Nikka Whisky From The Barrel is a marriage of malt and grain whisky blended together. It has been bottled directly from the re-casked whisky barrels. This Japanese blend is a prize winning dram – it got the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010. Because Asahi Breweries, the owner of Nikka brand, also owns Yoichi and Miyagikyo whisky distilleries, the components for this blend must come from those distilleries. The malt and grain marriage has been matured in first-fill bourbon casks.
I really like this dram. It is very straight forward, but very good. Refreshing, like Japanese whiskies usually tend to be. Usually they are more complex, though.
When a whisky is a non-complex one, I like to call it a straight shooter. This immediately gives my a glimpse back at old time Western movies, which were usually very straight in storytelling. Naturally, this made me think of Kurosawa films and what did the Seven Samurais drink? Probably something like this – heavy with taste, strong character and straight forward booze.
The good thing about Nikka Whisky From The Barrel is, that it is strong and fresh. Every single aroma or taste hits you with power. And feels good, this is a good cask strength whisky.