Nikka Days whisky (40% ABV)
Star rating: 4/5
Blended from some of Nikka’s other flagship whiskies, Days is a mix of 8-10 year old whiskies that might otherwise go into its Coffey grain, Coffey malt, Miyagikyo single malt and Yoichi single malt bottlings. Designed to be enjoyed as a light, easy-drinking whisky, it’s ideal for serving as a highball.
Days presents as an extremely pale straw colour. On the nose, it has a touch of grain, with pear drops and cut grass coming in and out of a malt sweetness so delicate as to be almost candy floss.
The taste is very light, with that sweetness leading and joining apple, pear and lemon, before darker sugar leads into a little smokiness and mineral notes.
It finishes, again, light, with a subtle element of wood and tannin, almost to the point of bitterness. This makes it seriously sippable.
While the initial impression is not unrecognisable to fans of a delicate Lowland scotch or bourbon, Days has a few savoury notes that set it apart without sacrificing the drinkability.
The perfect pour
Combine one part Days and four parts chilled sparkling water over large chunks of ice in a highball glass. To make it even more refreshing, chill the glass before you make the drink.
More on whisky
Are you a fan of Japanese whisky? Share your product suggestions with us. Leave a comment below…
This review was last updated in April 2020. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.