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Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

A nice start

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@tjbReview by @tjb

11th Mar 2013


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This pure malt (blended) whisky is named in honour of Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky. It is matured for 12 years at the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries and blended.

This is my first taste of a Japanese whisky and I am surprised how much it reminds me of a Speyside. It's colour is Golden amber and on the nose it is light and fruity. I get plum, cinnamon, caramel, and sweetness.

In the mouth it is soft and thin. Sweet honey, apple juice, some dark fruits like plums, cinnamon and cereal.

The finish is short and sweet.

I must say that I found this a pleasant dram and it has inspired me to try more Japanese offerings. It doesn't set the world on fire but it does what it set out to do.

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NilsG commented

Don't know how much a bottle goes for in the UK, but in Japan you really get a lot of bang for the yen. In my opinion this is a whisky on par with Yamazaki 12, but for less than half the price. If you find any older expressions, Taketsuru is a whisky that age does wonders to.

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CanadianNinja commented

Totally agree with you NilsG that the older expressions of Taketsuru are fantastic. But the Taketsuru 12 on par with Yamazaki 12? Really? It's a quality whisky but I wouldn't quite put it in the same class as the Yamazaki 12...

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YakLord commented

@NilsG - it is $69.60 CAD here in Toronto. xe.com tells me that is around Y6,525...what is the retail price in Japan these days, @NilsG and @CanadianNinja? Something tells me it is much less... Our selections of Japanese whisky are currently limited to the Taketsuru 12, Miyagikyo 15 ($189.20 CAD), and the Nikka Pure Malt Black ($72.80 CAD).

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