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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.