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Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

Japanese Coffee Beans

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

5th Feb 2013


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Pure Malt is nowadays called blended malt, as you are most likely aware. This whisky is thus composed of single malts from the Nikka stable (as Japanese distillers do not swap whiskies). It was named after the founder of the Nikka company, Masetaka Taketsuru.

The nose is very light and fruity with a whole bouquet of scented flowers. Very fruity on plum and rhubarb marmalade, apple pie, vanilla and a bit of caramel. Some roasted coffee beans and a whiff of oak. Very clean, almost too clean should such a thing exist.

The attack is very soft, almost watery, but immediately honeysweet. Apple juice with iced tea, some breakfast cereals and spices. Nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon. Some nuts now. Dangerously quaffable.

The finish is sweet, but very short.

This is an uncomplicated card players whisky from the Land of the Rising Sun.

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cherylnifer commented

A question from one with very limited whisky knowledge: Is the primary difference between "blended malt" and "vatted malt" one inwhich blended malt is composed of single malts from a single distillery, while vatted malt combines single malts from more than one distillery? Some clarification would be much appreciated. Thank you for your patience and insight.

9 years ago 0

Eli commented

@cherylnifer If I'm not mistaken I believe pure malt or vatted malt contains single malt whisky from different distilleries blended together. While blended whisky contains both malt whisky and grain whisky

9 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Blended Malt is simply the new term for Vatted Malt, imposed by the SWA, Scottish Whisky Association. The new terms were 'invented' to 'protect' the customers and make it more clear (many believe blended malt to be in fact more confusing because of the word blend in there). The new regulations took effect in November 2009. A blended malt (= vatted malt) is thus a blend (or previously 'vatting' of different single malts, so no grain in there!). Hope this helps.

9 years ago 0

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