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Whisky Reviews

Nikka Days

 

Nikka Days is probably the newest product to join the Nikka stable - only released in mid-2020, it joins other blended whisky expressions from Nikka such as the Nikka Tailored, Super Nikka, Nikka From The Barrel, and many more.

As the name suggests, this was designed for easy daily drinking and is a Bourbon cask aged blend of malt and grain whiskies from across the Nikka spectrum and likely from the Ben Nevis Scotch distillery as well (making it not purely a Japanese whisky). It comes in a really pretty bottled with a yellow theme that is a really nice pop on an otherwise traditionally more muted whisky shelf.

 

Onward! 

Nikka Days - Review

 

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Bright, approachable flavours of caramel, vanilla cream, with quite abit of citrus, orange blossoms, pears, and then backed up by a more dense layer of sweet cream and clarified butter.

Taste: Still keeping with the bright notes of honey, a light buttery maltiness, baking spices, more of that oranges and then interestingly a little whiff of smoked cream and ash. Noticeably light bodied here, but rounded nonetheless.

Finish: Packing more heat here with an actually good length, soft and mellow notes of musty attics, lacquered wood, some honey, orange blossoms, and a greater presence of that oaky char bitterness.

  

My Thoughts

This was as expected very approachable, easy to drink, but with a nice added hit of citrusy flavours and smoked cream which amounts to a decent complexity. For an entry level whisky, the aroma and finish was particularly standout and definitely made me feel that this punched above its weight.

If you’re going to buy something entry level, I genuinely think this should be your pick. It’s not over-oaked, it’s not thin to a sin, no off notes or sharpness, nor is it actually bad in any way - for the most part it’s quite the delight.

Don’t count this one out. Solid pick, cute bottle, nice whisky.

 

My Rating: 6/10

 

Score/Rating Scale :

  • 9-10 : Exceptional, highly memorable, 10/10 would buy if I could.
  • 7-8 : Excellent, well above most in its category, worth considering buy-zone.
  • 4-6 : Good, okay, alright; a few flaws, but acceptable; not bad, but not my personal preference; still worth trying, could be a buy if the price is right.
  • 1-3 : Not good; really did not enjoy; wouldn't even recommend trying.
  • 0 : Un-scored, might be damaged, new make, or very unusual.

  

Kanpai!

 

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