Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

(0.75l, 43%)


7.6/10
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$55.99
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Japanese Style Blend.
 
Made by the Yoichi distillery, the second and smaller distillery of the Nikka Whisky Company. It was founded in 1934 by one of the two most influential men in Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. Yoichi Distillery lies in southern Hokkaido and has three sides surrounded by mountains, a terrain similar to the one found in Scotland, where Masataka studied the art of Whisky production and returned to Japan as a master blender - with a Scottish wife to boot. 
 
Named after Nikka’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, the Taketsuru Pure Malt is a vatting of Whiskies from both the Nikka distilleries: Yoichi and Miyagikyo.  This includes some from sherry casks, giving a good dose of spice throughout. The oak casks also come through with a subtle sweetness from nose to finish. It is clear to see why this is an award-winning malt. Taketsuru is a great introduction to Japanese Whisky.

 
 
  • Category
  • Style
    Japanese Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

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spicy
floral
caramel
cinnamon
vanilla
nutmeg
oak
fruit
sherry
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color 
Dark Amber.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Floral with hints of caramel and cinnamon.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Spice picks up, with nutmeg and oaky vanilla, more floral and a burst of red fruits.
 
Finish
The finish just lingers on, full of cinnamon and creamy caramel.

Flavor Spiral
Smooth, soft, creamy, rich, silky, neat, warm, gentle, fresh, lingering, heavy, crisp
Ratings & Reviews
Pat
Pat,
Not really in the favor of my palate. I tend to lean away from the smoky/oaky flavors.
 
Fernando
Fernando,
I've tried this version with no age statement and the old that was 12 years old. Both are really good, smooth and really easy to drink. Is a very good value for the price. Highly recommended.
 
Amit
Amit,
boozy soy sauce aroma. Very smooth with a spicy finish $$$
 
Kirsten
Kirsten,
first time with a japanese whiskey...price too high for my taste...on that note smell is very sweet cream/spice touch of floral notes. in the moth first is sweet/floral then quickly turns to spice and vanilla, after swallowing leaves with a light leather/tobacco/smoke flavor after taste is almost cigar like. I will most likely order a higher quality japanese but not this one again
 
Chris
Chris,
This was my first Japanese whiskey, the scotch influences really come through but served up neat it softens it a bit. Really nice smooth and smokey peaty wonderfulness, worth a try.
 
Lewis
Lewis,
Rich, butterscotch, smooth. "Malt whisky-flavored malt whisky" elevated. A great into to non-whisky people trying single malts. A touch too expensive.
 
Chris
Chris,
As a lover of cognac, this whisky is full of flavors I love: floral with some spices.
 
Ivan
Ivan,
Not as smooth as Coffey it definitely tastes more like a scotch. It started off neat but since it was more like a scotch I added some ice which made it better. I noticed I started refilling faster. It was a bit smokey, but I enjoyed it.
 
Myke
Myke,
Not bad. Definite floral notes. Smooth
 
Dora
Dora,
It was quite good
 
Laura
Laura,
Wonderful flavor and taste Smooth clean finish Pleasant aroma
 
Ehren
Ehren,
A fine whiskey for not too fancy occasions.
 
Stephan
Stephan,
This is a wonderful taste
 
Greg
Greg,
quite smooth with an exceptional price tag
 
Scott
Scott,
Definitely spicy. Not as smooth as I've come to enjoy so much (i.e. the coffey malt from Nikka)
 
Joe
Joe,
Spiral was dead on complex flavors smooth and spicy finish made it a pleasure to savor, wonderful to sip neat leaves you wanting more
 
Nathan
Nathan,
I thought it was a nice whiskey.... hints of vanilla and the initial taste had no bite...very smooth... very original flavor to finish.... I couldn't put my finger on the taste but nice through out the glass....I drink it neat.... I think an ice cube or two may mellow it for a first timer!! I like it just the way it is!!!
 
William
William,
Love it
 
Joe
Joe,
Spot on with the spiral, damn I love this one.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
nose: sherry, plums, apples, a little smoke, vanilla, sweet cereal palate: medium mouthfeel, a little smoke, sugar and fruit finish: a little spice, medium finish, chocolate, coffee, something sweet (sugary) overall: very solid whiskey with good flavors that are melded together fairly well
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Classic. Smooth. Spicy.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
This is a creative blended malt. Some fruit, slight hint of smoke.
 
Doug
Doug,
Very upset with my order. I received it with about 3 shots worth having leaked out of the bottle. Bought it as a Christmas Gift and no one will return my messages regarding the issue. Very sad for one of my first experiences.
 
Eugene
Eugene,
Smooth, both first taste and finish
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, intense, Japanese blended malt, non-age-statement with a long & complex finish.
 
John
John,
Like it. Strong and heavy. Not for a novice. Flavors are intense. Malt well noted. Dry finish. Very enjoyable.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Very nice to sip and easy to enjoy while enjoying a night out. Not overly smokey but a good hit of spice to keep it interesting.
 
Jared
Jared,
Very full rounded tasting whisky. A little velvety, very good spice. Deep flavor with some dark caramel flavor
 
Eric
Eric,
Really smooth and easy to drink. Nice aroma and spice with a subtle sweet finish. Would drink again.
 
Adrian
Adrian,
Classic Japanese Whiskey, very smooth; subtly sweet
 
Robert
Robert,
I enjoyed this quite a bit. It noses like a scotch and is smooth on the palate like a highland, but it finishes with a green apple note at the back of the tongue. It gives the warm sensation in the chest that i typically associate with bourbon. I will be getting another bottle.
 
John
John,
Constant, go to performer, hard to beat for the price
 
guest
guest,
Tasted like barley and fish a little. Wasn't my favorite. Very malty is what I would describe it as.
 
Tom
Tom,
reminds me of an islay, particularly lagavulin 16. for 2/3 the price this is a great value for me
 
Patrick
Patrick,
This was my first Japanese whisky and was very good. Has the taste of the oak casks and is very smooth.
 
David
David,
If you like Scotch, you will like this whisky
 
guest
guest,
Obviously fruity and sweet. It's smooth and a easy-drinking whisky.
 
David's
David's,
Excellent flavor; a bit rough in my personal opinion.
 
Chris
Chris,
Smooth, fruit and vanilla with a bit of spicy finish. Not overly complex. A bit of water brings out the vanilla.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Smooth as Silk
 
guest
guest,
Beautifully smooth
 
Alex
Alex,
Nice and smooth. Zero burn.
 
Alexandra
Alexandra,
Tasty
 
Lorenzo
Lorenzo,
This Japanese Malt is a good jumping off point for those experiencing Japanese whiskey. Nice hints of vanilla, but short finish. Good but not great.
 
Iano
Iano,
Delicious
 
John
John,
I tend towards smooth and heavy vanilla. While this might be great for people with different tastes, I thought it was just ok.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Very smooth but needs an ending. Not a whole lot of a finish
 
guest
guest,
I am still new to scotch. So far I am not a big fan. But this was very smooth.
 
Mr.
Mr.,
Not bad. Short finish and not as smokey as expected but smooth and balanced. The fruit/vanilla offers a nice finish.
 
Bassam
Bassam,
Smooth, fruitiness, well balanced, and nice body
 
Patrick
Patrick,
smooth but prefer the nikka 12 malt scotch more.
 
Klemen
Klemen,
It's ok in Glencair glass. Glencairn somehow unite the flavours of this particular whisky. A bit overated, but ok.
 
Dwayne
Dwayne,
Very enjoyable, however not worth the price. If this bottle was less than $50 USD, then I would buy it more often
 
Dana
Dana,
I thought the aroma reminded me of marzipan and orange and the cinnamon flavor is prominent throughout. Initially spicy, but then sweet and caramel. Very nice.
 
guest
guest,
So smooth
 
Paul
Paul,
Gonna have to agree with Gary
 
Gary
Gary,
Okay but not worth the price
 
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