After the Suntory’s Hibiki blend, our Japan jaunt shifted to a vatted / blended malt from Nikka. This particular dram brings together single malt from Yoichi and Miyagikyo pot stills with a Coffey malt whisky. Hence the name “All Malt” as each of its components are malted.
Nikka All Malt 40%
- Nose – Burnt toffee, sherry like, rich chocolate, burnt caramel custard or a creme brule, hazelnut, dusting of cinnamon, coffee
- Palate – “Dessert in a glass” Delicious, cigar base, smooth and soft, mellow, Parsi daily milk toffee
- Finish – Long drawn out… stays
- Water – Absolutely no temptation to add water
Overall we found it quite satisfying. No pretence – just a solid blend – pure and rich are indeed a good way to describe it. One remarked that it had an almost highland quality.
For an evening with cigars, it more than held its own… an important quality in a good whisky for these gents!
The Nikka All Malt also buck the pricey trend with Japanese whisky – keeping to a below $50 range (depending on where you buy it).
And what else did we sample in our Japan Jaunt?
- Hibiki Japanese Harmony “Master’s Select” NAS 43%
- Miyagikyo NAS 45%
- Hakushu “Distiller’s Reserve” NAS 43%
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