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Taketsuru 12yo is a blend using malt whiskies matured for twelve years or more from both the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. The term “Pure Malt” indicates that the whisky does not contain any grain whisky. It is named in honour of Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka, one of the two major Japanese whisky-producing companies.
The nose is fruity and floral, with a very nice bouquet of vanilla, caramel and peaches. Notes of cold coffee appear at the end.
The palate is smooth and very light with very distinct notes of apple. Indeed, this is almost too light, so that adding any water would not be a good idea.
The finish is medium-long but overall a bit flat. Again, vanilla and apples make an appearance.
Without doubt, Taketsuru 12yo is a very smooth and very drinkable blend. However it lacks the depth and complexity that I would expect from a good blend. Still, this was quite fun!