Nikka from the barrel bottle

Nikka Whisky from the Barrel Review

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When “Whiskey from the Barrel” dropped through my letterbox I had to admit I didn’t know much about it. I was still new to Japanese Whisky and on doing some research it seems I’d been missing a trick with this one.

Incredibly popular and, for some, labeled as the best value Whisky that you can buy which is quite a statement to make. So for my first of hopefully many Japanese whisky reviews check out what I thought of the Nikka From the Barrel:

Region: Japan
Distiller: Nikka
ABV: 51.4%
Batch: 2017
Price: £39 / 50cl

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Toffee and strong legs in the glass, looks very pleasing.

Nose: Fruity with a lot of body, slight spice and Oak

Palate: Toffee-like again, very thick on the tongue feeling and enjoyable, caramel with fruit and spices again.

: A good finish, doesn’t drop off suddenly but drips away beautifully.

Overall: Fantastic, incredibly full bodied and a nice sweet taste.


This is a very full sweet, spicy Whisky all packed into that 50Cl bottle. Nikka themselves call it “a small lump of Whisky” which is a good way to sum it up.

Your mouth feels like there’s a thick syrup of rich liquid on your tongue and it’s a nice experience.

Sweet and spice are the order of the day here and it is like a good Rum mixed with an Oak filled Bourbon. It’s worth keeping this in mind if you’re considering a purchase though, for those who are dedicated followers of the hard-hitting big peat Whisky then you might find this a little too sweet.

Anyone who enjoys a Rum as well as Whisky will enjoy this immensely and for the price, it does offer incredible value. If you’re looking to introduce someone to Whisky, Blended Whisky or Japanese whisky then this is a great go-to. It could be argued that it’s a great ambassador for Blends worldwide, It really can sit on the shelf alongside any of the other worlds great blends and, if offered, I suspect I’d probably go for this over quite a few of the other big names with the more pricey tags.

I’d very heartily recommend this to anyone for a variety of reasons but overall it’s just a very nice overall Whisky and worth keeping in the cabinet just to keep quiet those who nay-say a Japanese Whisky or a Blend.



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Nikka Whisky from the Barrel Rating
Balance, Body & Feel
Reader Rating6 Votes
Feels excellent in the mouth
Very good value
May be too sweet for some