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Nikka Taketsuru Pure malt Japanese Single Malt Whisky 700ml
Named after Masataka Taketsuru: the father of Japanese Whiskey. The Taketsuru line from Nikka highlights the complexities and precision required to craft high quality blended whiskey.
Crafted using malt matured in sherry casks, which gives the whisky a rich spiced nose of sherry-soaked plum and raisins. On the palate, you’ll find coffee and chocolate with a slight hint of smoke. Discover this impeccable artistry today.
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Bottling Note
A non-age-statement expression of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky, named after the company’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru. It features plenty of whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery, as well as percentage of malt matured in sherry casks to give it a rich, spiced nose.
Lots of very warm reviews on the blog for this no-age-statement expression of Nikka which reportedly over-delivers for an entry level whisky. Named after the company’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, and aged on average for around 10 years, it includes whiskies from the Miyagikyo & Yoichi distilleries, including malt matured in Sherry casks.
Made from the blending of malts from the two distilleries of Yoichi and Miyagikyo, this whisky was the pride and joy of its creator Masataka Taketsuru, founder of Nikka and the father of Japanese Whisky. Light golden honey in colour with candied nuts, walnuts and hazelnuts on the nose as well as delicate and gentle smoke coming through with hay. Forward and straight pallet with juicy mouth feel, yet retaining a very gentle and sophisticated heat. Sweet apricots and peach dominate at first, leading to vanilla and subtle hints of ripe grape. Complex and long on the finish with lingering taste of dry herbs, leather and sweet pastry.
Other reviews… The luxe aroma mixes rich butterscotch and apple sweetness. On the palate, this whisky is light and gentle, interspersing fruit and smoke and finishing with a spark of cinnamon heat. Add a splash of water; recommended for sipping. 43% Alc./Vol.
Bright gold color. Lively, attractive aromas of leather, cedar, sautéed almonds, and raisins with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long dried fruits, minerals, honeyed tea, and salted caramelized nuts finish. A superb and evolving whisky for thoughtful contemplative sipping.
94 points – www.tastings.com
Awards: World Whiskies Awards 2014, Best Japanese Blended Malt No Age Statement World Whiskies Awards 2015, Best Japanese Blended Malt No Age Statement World Whiskies Awards 2016, Best Japanese Blended Malt International Spirits Challenge 2014, Gold Medal International Spirits Challenge 2015, Silver Medal International Spirits Challenge 2016, Gold Medal