Nose: Sherry-soaked plums, raisins and green apple slices. Honey’d cereal, black pepper and hint of barrel char.
Palate: Espresso beans, milk chocolate, tobacco leaf and lingering Sherried fruit. There’s a slight touch of smoke as it develops…
Finish: Elegant smoke continues, with golden barley and a final hint of coffee.
Overall: Superb Japanese blended malt from Nikka.