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.
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
Classic. Smooth. Spicy.
This is a creative blended malt. Some fruit, slight hint of smoke.
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.
Smooth, both first taste and finish
It is a very good, intense, Japanese blended malt, non-age-statement with a long & complex finish.
Like it. Strong and heavy. Not for a novice. Flavors are intense. Malt well noted. Dry finish. Very enjoyable.
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.
Very full rounded tasting whisky. A little velvety, very good spice. Deep flavor with some dark caramel flavor
Really smooth and easy to drink. Nice aroma and spice with a subtle sweet finish. Would drink again.
Classic Japanese Whiskey, very smooth; subtly sweet
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.
Constant, go to performer, hard to beat for the price
Tasted like barley and fish a little. Wasn't my favorite. Very malty is what I would describe it as.
reminds me of an islay, particularly lagavulin 16. for 2/3 the price this is a great value for me
This was my first Japanese whisky and was very good. Has the taste of the oak casks and is very smooth.
If you like Scotch, you will like this whisky
Obviously fruity and sweet. It's smooth and a easy-drinking whisky.
Excellent flavor; a bit rough in my personal opinion.
Smooth, fruit and vanilla with a bit of spicy finish. Not overly complex. A bit of water brings out the vanilla.
Smooth as Silk
Nice and smooth. Zero burn.
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.
I tend towards smooth and heavy vanilla. While this might be great for people with different tastes, I thought it was just ok.
Very smooth but needs an ending. Not a whole lot of a finish
I am still new to scotch. So far I am not a big fan. But this was very smooth.
Not bad. Short finish and not as smokey as expected but smooth and balanced. The fruit/vanilla offers a nice finish.
Smooth, fruitiness, well balanced, and nice body
smooth but prefer the nikka 12 malt scotch more.
It's ok in Glencair glass. Glencairn somehow unite the flavours of this particular whisky. A bit overated, but ok.
Very enjoyable, however not worth the price. If this bottle was less than $50 USD, then I would buy it more often
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.