Today, most of the malt whisky produced in Japan is for blending but Japanese distillers generally don’t trade casks in the manner that Scottish distillers do. Consequently, it’s up to each distillery to produce a diversity of styles that will form the base components of ‘house blends’ that offer unique and complex flavour profiles.
Nikka Straight from the barrel is no exception. Comprised of blended single malts from both the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries along with an element of grain whisky, it is finaly matured in first-fill bourbon casks. Good reviews are not hard to come by, with web based whisky enthusiasts describing this as an excellent value Japanese blend and all round great introduction to the Nikka style.