Another winner from Nikka's Taketsuru range. This was named for the founder of the company, Masataka Taketsuru and is a big, bold full-bodied vatted whisky of truly exceptional depth, grace and balance.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: World's Best Blended Malt
Tasting Notes by Mark Gillespie, World Whiskies Awards 2012
Dried fruits, tobacco, leather, honey. The palate is dry and spicy with cinnamon, honey leather, and liquorice notes. Spicy and lingering.
Tasting Notes by Tim Forbes, World Whiskies Awards 2012
Dry smoke and syrup, some soot. Bonfire palate with lovely sweet edges, leather and oak. Some pepper, dried kelp, wet earth and sea spray.
Tasting Notes by Joel Harrison, World Whiskies Awards 2012
Freshly brewed oolong tea, warehouse floor, truffles on the nose. Palate gives balanced blood orange, meaty BBQ steak and wood spice.
Tasting Notes by Charlie MacLean, World Whiskies Awards 2012
A complex array of scents - fruits, turpentine and polish. Slightly minty with water. Sweet, rounded and pleasant.
Distributor's Tasting Notes
A tropical nose with a touch of cherries and baked apples and a little toffee and smoke as it broadens. Starts sweetly on the palate but soon the spice and oak kick in with heavier emphasis and the balance is maintained by the roundness and the touches of vanilla and mocha on the finish.
Tasting Notes by Dave Broom
Nose: Clean, with layered tropical fruit. Eucalyptus, red fruit, vanilla. Oak. Good weight and breadth.
Palate: Oily, fruity and juicy. Almost Irish. Firm with obvious oaken structure but sufficient sweetness (cocoa, liquorice, vanilla) to carry.
Finish: Lightly gripping.
Comment: Images of a weather-beaten oak. Mature, but sweet-hearted.
[These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 40]
Customer Reviews: (3 reviews)
Lots of spices, wood and some dried figs. Full bodied, for sure. Nice and complex, but for this price level there is lots of nice competitors..
- Povilas, 23rd Nov '11
This is a ravishing powerhouse of a whisky that is well-crafted, impactful, and yet smooth and elegant. Way too complex to be Irish whiskey, which to my palate is easy drinking but flat. This is meaty, smoky, fatty and much more like an Islay (if comparison must be made). The 17 year is the best example, to my mind, as the 21 is much more subdued and less, well, gnarly. Enjoy it neat, water back.
- The Anglophobe, 24th Oct '11
Great in Old Fashioned. Great character,lovely floral nose
- Julien Jacquin HDV BRIGHTON, 28th Feb '08
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