Taketsuru is a blended malt composed of both Yoichi and Myagikyo malts and named after the founder of the Nikka concern, Masetaka Taketsuru. Their standard bottling used to be a 12 Year Old, but the increase in demand for Japanese malts has forced Taketsuru to drop the age statement. The nose is sweet and floral and rather light. I get some plums and rhubarb, but also some vanilla and a hint of coffee grounds. After a breather it becomes sweeter on caramel with some vanilla. I also smell a bit of wood. On the palate it is really very light, but also a bit playful, allowing the fruit to emerge. Very sweet, it has to be said. Ice tea on steroids with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Some nuts. But all in all quite bantam, if you know what I mean. The finish is very short and sweet. Blink and you will miss it. Devoid of complexity, but very quaffable.