Review by Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic
Nikka Pure Malt Black. 43 per cent alcohol
Nose: A big step up from the Nikka Super blended whisky I just sampled. A little bit floral. Peaches, oak, peat, varnish, and pineapple. Malty, complex and smooth.
Palate: Very malty, bubblegum (a trait I find in many a Nikka/Yoichi/Miyagikyo whiskies), pepper, nutmeg, sweet peat and gentle smoke.
Finish: Excellent length, with peat, pepper, nutmeg, mint chocolate and lingering smoke.
General comment: I think this is more complex than the Pure Malt White, but overall I prefer the White's peaty wallop.
Nonjatta note: This is one of three pure or vatted malts marketed by Nikka under one word colour titles - Red, Black and White. The "Red" is mainly made up of whisky from Miyagikyou distillery. The white is based on whisky from Islay in Scotland with some Yoichi in the mix. This one, the "Black" is mainly based on whisky from Yoichi.