Nikka Days is launched as a smooth & delicate blended whisky, a successor to the popular Nikka All Malt. Nikka Days is a Japanese whisky (which means it is at least blended in Japan) and includes some Coffey Grain, Coffey Malt, Yoichi single malt and lightly peated single malt from Miyagikyo.
(40%, OB +/- 2019)
Nose: light, fairly bright, full of pears and banana candy. Hints of strawberry donut frosting and rhubarb compote. Some floral notes. Vanilla. There’s a subtle alcoholic tang, but overall I think it’s very easy to like.
Mouth: less impressive. The grainy, alcoholic side is much more prominent. Some apples, caramel and light peppery notes, but that’s about it. Cereals. Mint. Similar to a (cheaper) Scotch blend. A green, leafy note towards the end.
Finish: short, with a hint of cardboard and lots of grainy notes.
I lost the positive idea once I started sipping. It’s not flawed or anything, but I guess the base components are young. Just an uncomplicated entry-level whisky, slightly uninspired but I guess it makes decent highballs. Available from The Whisky Exchange for instance.