Nikka Session comes in a stunning matte blue bottle, with flowing Japanese artwork and the title "Session" adorned across the label. It is a world blended whisky that was created from spirit produced at the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries, masterfully blended together with whisky from Scotland's hugely famous Ben Nevis distillery.
The provenance of the liquid is hard to argue with, hailing from what could be classed as three of the best distilleries in the world today. If we combine that with the fact that Nikka have been experts at creating delectable, complex and well-balanced blends for decades now, the Session ticks all the boxes.
As Nikka's first world blended whisky, it's fitting that it should be a marriage of spirit from Japan and Scotland, 100 years on from the marriage of Nikka founder Mastataka Taketsuru, and his beloved Scottish wife, Rita Cowan. It's a beautiful nod to those that made it all possible, while showcasing the company's commitment to innovation and a thriving industry at the same time.
Expect fresh aromas of oranges and apples, combined with a sweetness and fragrance of malt and gentle vanillins on the nose before palate brings a smooth and creamy tongue feel, alongside a beautiful blend of light sweetness and the soft fruitiness of oak. Then comes the slightly bitter finish, with helpings of slowly fading peat.