The Nikka 12 years

The Nikka 12 years

Iconic blend by the historical Japanese producer, “The” Nikka 12 years is a worthy showcase of the Nikka blenders’ know-how and skill. With a majority of malt whisky from Nikka’s two distilleries in northern Japan – Yoichi and Miyagikyo – and a grain whisky distilled in a Coffey still, all the elements at the heart of Nikka are brought together in one exceptional whisky.
The asymmetric design of the bottle was inspired by the overlapping layers of “Kimono”, representing the many layers of Nikka’s tradition inherited by its founder Masataka Taketsuru.

Technical information:
Alc. — 43%
Vol. — 70cl
Category — Blended Whisky
Distilleries — Miyagikyo & Yoichi


burnished gold with orange hue.


sleek and refined. A perfect balance of fruits, malted barley, beeswax and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), the first nose is very full. The nose then evolves on softer fruit and herbal notes (moss, lichen), a sign of great maturity, and lingers on citrus aromas (orange, lemon).


both lively and serene. Dark chocolate provides the backbone of mouth-watering bitterness. On one end, the malted barley extends to earthier notes, while on the other, fresh fruits (apple, prunes, mirabelle and greengage plums, pear) are reminiscent of a plentiful harvest. With air, honeyed and floral notes (lilac, lilly of the valley) make their appearance.


long, suave. At first, coconut milk and red berries (strawberry, raspberry) stretch out across the palate. In the back of the mouth, candied fruit (pineapple, clementine) accentuate the pleasant freshness, while the retro-olfaction is marked by tobacco and liquorice notes. The empty glass offers a glimpse at a variety of flowers.

Recommended Serves

Straight, on the rocks, or highball/mizuwari

Food Pairings

Delicate dishes

World Whiskies Awards

Best Japanese Blended Whisky 12 years and under (2016, 2015)

International Spirits Challenge

Silver Medal (2016, 2015)