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February 2010 marked an extraordinary achievement for Nikka, as their Taketsuru 21yo scooped the title of 'World's Best Blended Malt Whisky' at the World Whiskies Awards for the third time in four years. Bravo, Nikka!.Tasting Notes (3)
- Black Pepper
Tasting Notes by Stuart P
Very classy aromas of crème brûlée, sweet spice and chocolate with some top-class oak on show.
Rich and big flavoured, with a lovely combo of caramelised sugar, milk chocolate and toasty spice, along with candied orange peel.
The candied fruit blends well with the spice.
Big and bold, this whisky is unashamedly full flavoured, but everything remains in balance.
Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)
Much less varnish and more roundness although it seems to be just as oaky as the 17. Lots of plums, sauce for Pecking duck (how oriental is that?), strongly reduced wine sauce, liquorice… Really concentrated. Lots of milk chocolate as well.
Balanced, slightly peppery at the attack – quite some salt as well. Prunes, walnut skin, soft curry, dried oranges, ginger. Gets quite drying (quite some tannins, lots of cinnamon). Very good.
Tasting Comments from The World Whiskies Awards 2007
“Head and shoulders above the rest in this category. A complex mix of oak, smoke and dense toffeed sweetness.”
“Apple blossom, juicy pears and apples, mingled with fresh grass on the nose. Also a hint of mint. Smooth, delicate and sweet on the palate with a sweet rounded finish. Absolutely charming. Reminiscent of a walk in a Norman orchard bathed in morning dew.”
“Rich and inviting nose, with lots of sherried fruits. Rich red fruits and weighty aged malt and wood notes. The finish is lingering and delightful.”
“Big with lots of ripe fruit, lychees in particular. Some mint and butterscotch increase the complexity. Soft and chewy with some mango character. Very attractive.”
“A big whisky with some distinct sherry notes. Japanese whisky at its best.”
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Best whiskey i have tried. Bought it in 2012 @ 80 pounds a bottle. Wish i bought some more!!!!
Well, firstly the nose is of pure charm It instantly let's you know, Your taste buds will approve. Big punchy elegant waves of flavour. Seriously, I could sniff this all day. Worth every penny. The Japanese for me are taking things up at an admirable level Steve Mcgiff, Cornwall...
I am writing this in August 2013. I visit Japan regularly and I am currently buying bottles of Taketsuru for 6,000 yen duty free and the Yamazaki 18 year old for 15,000 yen duty free. Both are delicious and they have similar characteristics. Quite why the Taketsuru is more here than the Yamazaki is a mystery to me. But it may be of comfort to think you can buy the Yamazaki here for the same price as at the airport in Tokyo
Softer and more subdued than the 17 year. A very appealing whisky but lacking the elemental force of its younger brother.
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