Nose: Complex. Trademark Nikka aromas: Hubba Bubba bubblegum (original/grape). White chocolate: Freddo Frogs, soil encrusted potatoes, brewed tea leaves: earl grey, incense, and fragrance: stale pot puri mix. A slight sarsaparilla syrup note is also present.
Taste: Extremely smooth and silky yet slightly too light. Liquorice with malty tonnes and robust cereals. Vegetal: peppered bean shoots and seeded green Mediterranean olives and minerals.
Finish: Shortly lived but pleasant enough. An initial explosion of liquorice followed by mild black pepper and bean sprouts which rolls out to grain and cereals.
Comment: Although pleasant, the taste unfortunately is not as spectacular as the nose, unusual for a Nikka in my opinion, usually you get the best of both worlds. The "Selection" blend made its debut in 1987; my bottle is fortunately from this era given the labelling and story behind it. You can still be lucky enough to come across bottlings of this, which are apparently still produced in small quantities.
Review by Clint A