Nikka From the Barrell (Japan)
Spirits - Whisky - Japan $56.99 (500mL)
Nikka from the Barrel is big-boned and bursting with character. Not averse to a drop of water, either. A real star, winning top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010.
Nikka from the Barrel is a blend, but don't let that fool you. With grain and malt from Miyagikyo and malt from the Yoichi Distillery, this 51.4% whisky hits a home run harder than a precocious Little-League champ. Nikka from the Barrel has been matured in first-fill bourbon casks; it comes stunning in 500mL and the square shaped bottle is extremely attractive packaging too.