Whisky Tasting Notes

The Ardmore Legacy Whisky Nose: Prosciutto straight from the packet, generously sprinkled with rock salt. The smokiness gives way to a mild, but delightful honey aroma – this is such an impressive nose for its price point.

The Ardmore Legacy Whisky Taste: Lots of dry burning heather, the peat is there, but not with a great deal of energy. Retro pear drops make a charming appearance but fall away into something medicinal. This starts off with romance and all the quality of double its price but quickly becomes sadly boring.

The Ardmore Legacy Whisky Finish: There’s a classy, silky mouthfeel that leaves a dry tang that goes and on; my issue is it leaves a rather chemical finish that never ends. For the cost there are too many distinctive flavours to overlook it; however, I’m not in a rush to keep pouring.

Flavour 5/10    Value 9/10

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The Ardmore Legacy Highland Malt Whisky Review
Released in 2014 to take the place of the ‘Ardmore Traditional’.
The Ardmore Legacy Whisky Review Highland Single Malt Tasting Notes
The Ardmore distillery sits at the highest point of the Northern railway line, 600 feet above sea level.


Whisky Tasting Notes

Nikka Coffey Malt Nose: Ethereal ballerinas arabesque around colourful meadows in soft sunshine. Citrus hangs in the air, vanilla is prominent and quality is apparent. Despite the name, it’s completely unrelated to ‘coffee’.

Nikka Coffey Malt Taste: This dram has everything Japanese whisky promises: body, richness, smoke, sweetness and spice. There are lemon drizzle cake and French Fancies dusted with coconut, with enough cinnamon backbone. Peaty earth and salty air don’t belong anywhere near this virgin bride of Jane Austen’s imagination.

Nikka Coffey Malt Finish: A medium-long finish of sugared almonds and a gaggle of bridesmaids wearing too much perfume. Nikka is an excellent after-dinner drink and an unusual, well-deserved addition to the liquor cabinet.

Flavour 8/10    Value 8/10

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Nikka Coffey Malt Japanese Whisky Review
Nikka’s highly unusual production method of a Coffey Still in malt and grain expressions.

Drink Review: Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

Whisky Tasting Notes

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Nose: Strolling through tall oak forests, with homemade orange & clove polenta cake wrapped up in an old leather satchel.

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Taste: Surprisingly smooth given its 51.4% ABV and sub £40 price point, but it’s not the most polished of rides; there’s plenty of spice with a rich mouthfeel. The whisky tastes like nervously chewing on HB pencils, before comfort eating Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Finish: A long, warm finish of cinnamon, allspice and candied orange. If you like whisky without smoke, you’ll struggle to find a better value and coolly branded product. As Nikka benefits from a little water, it makes a distinguished Old Fashioned, especially with The King’s Ginger Liqueur.

Flavour 7/10    Value 10/10

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Nikka From The Barrel Japanese Whisky Review
Awarded Bronze Daily Dram – 2013 – Malt Maniacs