I’m a little surprised there isn’t a general whisky thread. If there is, I couldn’t find it. There must be some interest, since there’s a topic on Yamazaki 55.
My own whisky journey didn’t start that long ago, and has been focused mainly on Japanese and bourbon. I’ve been lucky to enjoy several of the usual suspects in those categories, but wanted to share a recent pickup that I feel is really interesting.
I ordered a Nikka Pure Malt Black (not sold in the US) online, which came as part of a gift set. I had heard good things about the actual whisky, and worst case the journal seemed nice enough.
Super impressed with all the contents inside. The box, tasting journal and pencil feel unexpectedly premium.
I was of course curious about the actual whiskey itself, and enjoyed a pour (glass not pictured). It is great, similar to Nikka Yoichi which I believe is dominant in this blend. Pure Malt Black retains many of the classic Yoichi Scotch notes while introducing a lot of spice, which I really enjoy. I also get some chocolate and cherry, like a savory sweet dessert.
This was about $50 USD before shipping. Really happy with this one.