Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year old

Nozinan Mini and Sample Series - 9

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11th Oct 2015

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About this score:

  • Nose: 23
  • Taste: 23
  • Finish: 21
  • Balance: 22

The average score for this whisky is 91.

Tasting Notes by Nozinan

This one is courtesy of @paddockjudge, who always saves me samples of things I can’t get myself but would love to try.

I haven’t tried too many Japanese whiskies before. Other than one a sip or two of the Yamasaki 18 everyone was gushing about (It pays to be polite - or at least appear so - in line at Spirit of Toronto) and it’s 10 YO sibling in 2011, that might be it.

So I was excited to give this one a go.


Neat - Ripe fruits. Some pineapple. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Sweet. Very few bass notes. On the nose this is a very floral whisky. 23/25

With a few drops of water and 10 minutes - green apple, honey.

Taste: Wow! Lots of fruit, just like in the nose. A little spirit. It’s got a thin mouthfeel as though it were chill-filtered. Slight hint of vanilla. Marmalade came to my mind. not sure if I tasted it or thought it. Another sip confirms it. 23/25

With the water, the flavours are washed out. It becomes bitter. With time and perseverance some of the fruits are back. Definitely better neat.

Finish: A little short. Dry, some tannins, and, interestingly, pineapple on the finish. A little sour. 21/25

Balance. The palate receives what the nose promised. This seems to be quite a nicely balanced whisky. 22/25

At cask strength or even possibly at 46% this could be a 94/100 whisky. There is nothing really wrong with it. It’s clean, fruity, but slightly underpowered.

I would definitely accept this if offered. And possibly buy a bottle if the opportunity arose at a fair price.

Whisky details


Nikka Taketsuru







Cunundrum wrote:

Had a glass of this last weekend and was not all that impressed. I did not see the level in the bottle, as I drank on the bluffs outside. Perhaps it was a bit over the hill in terms of oxidation. I could not resist trying the T17 since it will become quite expensive next time round. And, of course, the aged Nikka's are going bye bye. I liked the Mikyagikyo 12 more than the T17. Cheers and thanks for the great review. Well written and informative to be sure.

11 October 2015 06:19

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