The Nikka Pure Malt Black is a peaty Japanese whisky produced from mostly Yoichi malt with some Islay malt in the mix.
The nose is peaty with beautiful solventy notes. A box of ripening fruit and sweet honey. Maybe also some nutty scents.
Interesting, I didn’t quite expect this. Still a peaty presence, still fruity. But also an unexpected and difficult to explain taste. Perhaps a bit medicinal, but its complex and lovely. Oily and thick liquid. Peppery.
It finished softly, smokiness and fruitiness lingering. I also tasted some dark chocolate.
This is a complex and excellent introduction to Japanese whisky. Get a bottle, and drink this dram for no apparent reason…