I’m always excited tasting a trio of whisky from the same source to compare & contrast their range.
These Nikka Whisky were purchased from Drams Delivered in Killarney.
Nikka Blended, 40%
No longer listed on the Nikka Whisky website, this blend offered up soft caramel notes with hints of malty depth. A sweet fruity palate with an attractive drying bite on the finish – suggestive of some peat influence.
An attractive easy style of whisky with a touch of character.
Nikka All Malt, 40%
I’ve encountered this unusually packaged & delightful blended malt before – so how will it fare on a 2nd outing?
Hints of old leather on the nose. Soft & smooth palate dries out with a prickly kick on the rear.
Not as fresh as I remembered. Could it be my memory? – Or a fading bottle?
Nikka Super Old Rare, 43%
The bottle design enticed me, but the price – when available – deterred, so this sample is a compromise.
More leathery notes on the nose. Rich & warm palate. Definitely a more pronounced peat hit on the finish with this one!
Without a doubt Super Old Rare won out in this trio.
The freshness of the Blended also impressed – but I was a little deflated by All Malt.
All 3 are well put together & showcase the Japanese blending prowess – even if none of them comply with the latest Japanese Whisky Rules.
But then that’s never been an issue with me – it’s the taste that counts.
I’m happy to keep on drinking Nikka Whisky with this enjoyable trio!
Bottle images courtesy Celtic Whiskey Shop – Blended & Super.
All other images authors own.