Nikka Black Special Blended Whisky is 42% ABV. Nikka Black Special, nicknamed as “Bearded Black” is a Coffey grain whiskey and it has been in the market since 1965. Earthy and chocolatey, with herbaceous notes and peat smoke, as well as sweet fruit. A winning combo of dark chocolate and dark berry fruit, along with toffee and vanilla notes, bolstered by some well-defined peat. Rich and strong, the smoke and spice lasting longest.