Nose: Caramel, treacle, sherry, herbal notes, rich oak, red apple skin, cinnamon, dark dried fruits, with a faint smokiness. A very nice dryness.
Palate: Thick body and quite rich. There’s a good sherry influence here, but it’s not very distinctive. Caramel, grass, anise, dry red fruits, red apple, apricot, and baking spices.
Finish: Leather, anise, herbal notes, hay, yellow grass, indistinct sherry, faint sultanas, oak, and wisps of smoke.
Thoughts: The wood influence here is interesting. Given the intensity of the oak, one would expect to have a much more drying finish. But where it would otherwise become dry and spicy, instead pops up a juicy sultana note which seems to ‘refresh’ the finish. Overall this one is good, although I don’t think it’s worth the steep price tag. But as always with Nikka, this is rather flawless and extremely drinkable.