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
. 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.