Review: Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Malt Whiskies
Distillers Yoichi & Miyagikyo (Japan)

Sadly, this used to be a 12 year old product but the age statement dropped (without even a corresponding drop in price) and it doesn’t quite carry the elegance it used to. However, it’s still a decent blended Japanese malt and it is a good representation of the style, is fairly available and is relatively cheap - so it’s still one I often recommend.

Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 6/08H12 1854

  • Bottling Date: 2018

A sweet nose with lots of fruit – apples, plum – an old bag of clove and oak. Lots of pear, too. Chilli pepper, peaches, bananas, and white pepper too. It really gets better with time. The palate is big, and better than the nose – lots of big stone fruits, light spice, and a nice oak backbone and some wisps of smoke. More oak on the finish, which is fruity, lightly tannic, tangy, and a bit spicy. I liked the 12 year old better, but this is still good and one of the better available Japanese buys in Canada.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average. Which is a decent value score for Japanese whisky, which tends to be relatively expensive.