Review: Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old Blended Japanese Malt Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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12 Years
Malt Whiskies
Distillers Yoichi & Miyagikyo (Japan)

This is a blended malt Japanese whisky, and this version has recently been replaced by a NAS version because of the hugely increased demand for Japanese whisky.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Terrific integration of the grain, though I do not mean the cereal notes (of which there are none). Lightly earthy, with lots of old wood and vanilla. Full of the richness of prunes and spicy, woody notes like incense. I quite like the profile here. With time, sherry notes come to the fore, alongside parmesan, honey, brown sugar, and mixed roasted nuts. Very clean on the palate, though a bit simpler than the nose, with the grain lightly leading the way along, with slightly sweet wood and vanilla. A bit spicy too, with some cinnamon and clove and anise. Tingles on the finish with wood, smoke, and a bit of white pepper. Slightly Dry. Terrific! If only the palate were a touch bigger…

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $100 CAD.