[Review] Nikka Days

Overseas only, Japanese blended whisky.
La Maison du Whisky (LMdW), a whisky specialty store in Paris that is also Nikka’s distributor in Europe, unveiled it at Whisky Live Paris 2018 held in September 2018, and started selling it in France in November.
Released in November 2018.

1. Manufacturer

Nikka Whisky Co.

Established1934
Head office location4-31, Minami-Aoyama 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8616, Japan
Owned distilleriesYoichi Distillery, Miyagikyo Distillery, Ben Nevis Distillery

Distributed by: La Maison du Whisky

La Maison du Whisky (LMdW) is a long-established whisky specialty store located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, near Place de la Concorde, and is also an importer of many famous brands. Most of the Japanese whisky distributed in the EU is said to be LMdW.

2. Distilleries

Yoichi Distillery, Miyagikyo Distillery.
Detailed information about Nikka Days has not yet been disclosed. Of course, there are no details on the Nikka website either. There are whispers that it may be purely Japanese, but I think only the manufacturer knows the true meaning.
However, there is no doubt that “peated malt from Yoichi” and “grain from Miyagikyo” are used.

3. Product name

Nikka Days

4. Characteristics

A blend of grain malt from Miyagikyo and peated malt malt from Yoichi.

Nikka Days is a subtle blend of malt and grain whisky. Smooth, fruity, and sweet, this whisky entices connoisseurs with notes of white flowers, pears, and citrus fruits. The nose is a combination of grains, toffee, malt, roasted nuts and vanilla. The finish is a perfect balance of fruit and the malty side of Nikka Daze. It is a whisky that can be enjoyed both straight and in cocktails.

4-1. Tasting Notes

NoseApples, savory sweetness of baked goods.
TasteSweet like caramel, woody and spicy.
AftertasteBitter sweetness after a good amount of peat.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content40%
alcohol categoryBlended Whisky
Barrel type
Contents700ml
Number of bottles sold
Suggested retail price 39,90 € (La Maison du Whisky’s online store)
4,420 yen (tax included) (stores in Rakuten)
Release dateNovember, 2018

5. Awards

There are no awards at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

(Image source: Whisky NIKKA Days 40% – Maison du Whisky )

Product nameNikka Days
Volume700ml
Suggested retail price 39,90 € (La Maison du Whisky’s online store)
4,420 yen (tax included) (stores in Rakuten)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

The number of listings on Mercari is very small, but each one Around 4,500 yen to 7,000 yen (*As of March 21 , 2021)

6-3. Yahoo auction bidding price

The winning bid price on Yahoo Auction is Average around 4,000 yen. (*Statistics for the past 120 days as of March 21 , 2021)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

It is also sold at Around 4,500 yen It is also sold at (*As of March 21 , 2021)

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At “BAR SHINKAI” , which is operated by this site, it is offered at 1 glass, 45ml: 1,760 yen It is also available at.

7. Summary

It is so rich that it is hard to believe that the alcohol content is 40 degrees Celsius. Anyway, it is sweet without any peculiarity. Perhaps it’s because I know it’s sold in France, but it’s somehow elegantly sweet, smells like baked goods and caramel, and has just the right amount of sweetness with little alcohol.
This is a whiskey that should be enjoyed on the rocks or straight up to enjoy the aroma.
It is a very rare whiskey and there are not many bars that carry it.
Please try it at BAR Shinkai.

It is a very rare whiskey and there are few bars that carry it.

■Check out our other articles on Nikka Whisky.

Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whiskey and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

created by Rinker
¥1,320
(2022/09/25 13:57:54時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whiskey and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

created by Rinker
¥1,051
(2022/09/25 11:13:35時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whiskey? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

created by Rinker
repicbook(リピックブック)株式会社
¥1,870
(2022/09/25 13:28:40時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whiskey in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

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