Special edition (Japanese Duty-Free exclusive) with a removable metallic samurai armor and helmet on the top of the bottle. This version is called “Shirobin” (White Bottle), though the label is all black. The design of the label is as it was back in the 1970’s when Nikka first launched its Gold & Gold expression. This bottle that doesn’t leave you indifferent. Love it or hate it, the Japanese always have something new and different up their kimono sleeve.
Color: Bright amber to burnished with long and slow medium to thick legs.
Nose: Fairly dry and malty start before the emergence of the sweet flavors; toffee, vanilla and soft sweet spices (ginger). Towards the get some Christmas notes; warm spices, brandied dried fruit, brandy tart, and some very light Christmas cake.
Palate: Smooth, round and warming, especially with some time, with a subtle hint of peat. Sweet spiciness (cinnamon and ginger) again, some pepper notes, maltiness and a wood spice warm tingle at back of one’s mouth. A pleasant enough palate.
Finish: Medium to long finish that is warm with sweet soft spiciness (pepper and ginger) and slightly drying.