Malt of the month for October.
In the month that Japan hosts the first ever Rugby World Cup in Asia, we have chosen the stylish, exotic Nikka Pure Malt Black as our malt of the month. This blended malt, bottled at 43% ABV, from Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries is the light amber mid-point of the Nikka Pure Malt series and a standout balance of peat and sweet.

Tasting Notes

The Nose: The sweetness of unwrapping a toffee apple with a smoky campfire burning in the distance.
The Palate: Beautifully balanced peat and burnt sugar with oak notes, candied berries with a hint of herbs and spices.
Mid-Palate: Dark chocolate emerging from the berries with a light tannin dryness.
The Finish: Extra medium, rich sweet peat smoke lingering on the tongue.

With ice the taste unfolds:
The Nose: The sweetness of unwrapping a toffee apple in a field of newly wet grass near the glowing embers of a campfire extinguished by the rain.
The Palate: Toffee and dark berries, with a hint of orchard fruits.
Mid-Palate: Dark chocolate with notes of smoky sugar and vanilla.
The Finish: Singed treacle with mild tannin dryness bringing up the rear, ending with a delightful toffee taste giving your mouth a hug.

Nikka Pure Malt Black is a stylish sweet peat pour.
If you’re in the mood, this is a remarkably tasty dram. And we love those 50cl bottles as much as we love this whisky.
The Nikka Pure Malt range is absolute, by volume, proof the Japanese are masters of the whisky distillers art.

Nikka Pure Malt Series

Roadtested at Garvies, Milngavie, Scotland.