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).
Here’s another from our whisky archives… this time from May 2013…
Following our standard format, we blind tasted samples before revealing the whisky. This month featured: Singleton, GlenDronach, All Malt and the Belgian Owl.
The Singleton – We found it tasted better when chilled otherwise a fairly ‘standard’ whisky. A Speyside offering from the Auchroisk distillery.
THE SINGLETON (PHOTO: THE SINGLETON WEBSITE)
GlenDronach12 year – Unique on the nose and on the palate. Another Speyside worth revisiting.
GLENDRONACH (PHOTO: GLENDRONACH.COM)
Nikka’s All Malt – A beautiful offering that which was quickly categorised as a `woman’s whisky’ for its delicate, nuanced character. Refreshing to sample a whisky from Japan!
ALL MALT (PHOTO: NIKKA WEBSITE)
The Belgian Owl– Nothing exceptional and not even up to our regular standards. Perhaps it needs to perch itself longer in the cask maybe? Sigh… or maybe our Belgian friends should stick to beer? Pity this eco-friendly, colouring free whisky isn’t…. well… better…
THE BELGIAN OWL (PHOTO: UNITED INTERNATIONAL)
Our favourite of the evening? It was a toss-up between the All Malt and GlenDronach – both delightful in their own way.