Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
A non-age-statement expression of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky, named after the company’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru. It features plenty of whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery, as well as the percentage of malt matured in sherry casks to give it a rich, spiced nose.
Taketsuru’s no-age-statement blended malt contains a high percentage of malt from Miyagikyo, with the reminder coming from Yoichi. Aged on average for around 10 years in a variety of different cask types, including some sherry wood for extra richness.
This is a blended malt named in honor of Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky. He is the first Japanese who mastered whisky-making in Scotland and produced genuine whisky in Japan. Masataka learned that the natural resources surrounding a distillery were essential for quality whisky.
Based on his thought, he selected two places, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, and built two distilleries there. Its gentle malt flavor, fruitiness, and extremely well-balanced taste make it a perfect entry point into the world of Nikka.
Masataka Taketsuru was a legend in the whisky world, so naturally, any bottle bearing his name comes with high expectations. Nikka Taketsuru 17 and 21 years olds were at the forefront of launching Japanese whisky to international acclaim.
Like someone with famous parents struggling to make their own way in the world, Pure Malt should not constantly be compared to its illustrious forebears. So let’s set history aside for a moment and judge this whisky on its own merits.
Sherry-soaked plums, raisins, and green apple slices. Honey’d cereal, black pepper, and a hint of barrel char.
Espresso beans, milk chocolate, tobacco leaf, and lingering Sherried fruit. There’s a slight touch of smoke as it develops.
Elegant smoke continues, with golden barley and a final hint of coffee.
Superb Japanese blended malt from Nikka.