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). Fruity and herbal notes (moss, lichen) and citrus aromas (orange, lemon).


Both lively and serene.
Dark chocolate, malted barley, earthy notes, and fresh fruits (apple, prunes, Mirabelle plums, greengage plums, pear).
With air, honeyed and floral flavours (lilac, lily of the valley).


Long and smooth.
At first, coconut milk and red berries (strawberry, raspberry) then candied fruits (pineapple, clementine) and a pleasant freshness.

Recommended Serves

Straight, on the rocks, or highball/mizuwari

Food Pairings

Foie gras served on ginger bread, dark chocolate or fine dishes.

World Whiskies Awards

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

International Spirits Challenge

Silver Medal (2016, 2015)