The Nikka 12 Year
Nikka // Japan
First bottled for the 80th anniversary of Nikka Whisky in 2014, The Nikka 12 Year contains malt whisky from both Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries and grain whisky from the column stills at Miyagikyo. The asymmetrical design of the bottle was inspired by the neck of a Kimono, "representing the many layers of Nikka’s tradition inherited by its founder Masataka Taketsuru". Botted at 43% ABV. Note: Not available in the US.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
"A hit of rich butterscotch is followed by pepper, cinnamon and fruit--first red berries and then citrus as the nose opens up. The palate turns the spice sweet, joined by vanilla and caramel. A new serving of fruit brings green apples, plums, a hint of orange. The finish is long and satisfying, with the freshness cutting through the sweetness at the very end. "