Review: Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old Blended Japanese Malt Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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21 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Yoichi & Miyagikyo (Japan)

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 6/14C221641

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

I get a lot more sherry here than in the 12 Y.O. Again very rich. Spicy – cinnamon, incense, green cardamom – but also raisins, figs, grape, vanilla, and, again, old wood. Rich and nutty too. Very nice, mature whisky. On the palate, it’s well integrated, with a very nice balance between the sherry, wood, brown sugar, candied orange, rancio, and green cardamom. Great whisky- very subtle and elegant- though quite tame, so if you like big bold whiskies this isn’t like that. Finishes with quite a bit of rancio, roasted nuts, and marmelade. Magnificent whisky.

It has the extremely satisfying, well-aged effect that you see in the development of great rancio and wood in old armagnac - it really is quite brilliant.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very low, at $373.