Nikka: All Malt (Japanese Blended Malt Whisky: No Age Statement: 40% ABV)

Visual: Light gold.

Viscosity: A small batch of fast streaks.

Nose: A touch of cigar smoke, oak, vanilla, peat and marzipan.

Body: Light sweet front, roast beef and peat smoke. Touch of spiced raisin and butterscotch.

Finish: Peat and slight harsh salt. Slight nuttiness. Butterscotch again and slight wood.

Conclusion: A very interesting malt whisky. Sweet and subtle main body and powerful growling peat before. Reminds me of Ardmore in that it combines sweetness, rather than island harshness, with the peat.

It is for the most part it’s a delicious dram, and a different play with the style – you don’t get many doing the unsalted peat combo.

I didn’t get to try it with water, but I think that it would most likely help take off the slight extra alcohol touch at the back end, which would really make it shine.

Worth more investigation.