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Nikka From The Barrel Whisky

Nikka Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 500ml
  • ABV: 51.4%
  • Origin: Japan
  • Sub Style: Whisky


Nikka was founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, who is often referred to as “The Father of Japanese Whisky”. Born into a family of sake makers at the turn of the twentieth century, Taketsuru travelled to Scotland in 1918 to learn the art of whisky-making. Returning to Japan in 1920 with his new Scottish wife Rita, Taketsuru also brought back traditional Scottish production techniques which he blended with Japanese precision and attention to detail to create The Nikka Distillery Co.

Taketsuru’s passion was whisky blending, and he built Nikka's two distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, to make a wide variety of malt and grain whiskies for making elegant and complex blends.

Nikka from the Barrel is big-boned and bursting with character. Not averse to a drop of water, either. A real star, winning the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010. On the nose spicy and peppery, but there’s a richness behind it, with spicy oak and soft orange fruitiness, and soft vanilla notes from the bourbon cask. On the palate grainy sweetness and candied orange peel, quite rich, accompanied by rich cinnamon and clove.