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Nikka Pure Malt Black Label Whisky - 50cl | 43% ABV


Nikka Pure Malt Black Label is a blend of whiskies from Nikka's two very different distilleries - the fruity soft and elegant malts from Miyagikyo and the stronger smokier notes typical of Yoichi. The whisky gets much of this character from the design of the stills and particularly from the effect of direct heating of the stills using powdered coal - this very traditional method is hardly used today, even in Scotland most modern distilleries use gas or steam.

Fresh, clean, initially not too smoky, then richer notes of peat and vanilla on the nose. Smoke, then malty sweetness, toffee on the palate, floral then firmer, woody leading to faint medicinal notes on the finish.