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31 Oct 2010

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Years

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Japan

Nikka Taketsuru is a vatted malt / blended malt whisky (it says “Pure Malt” on the label). It was elected best blended malt in the World Whisky Awards 2010 (for the third time in four years).


Nikka Taketsuru 21y Nikka Taketsuru 21 yo (43%, OB)

Nose: rich pastry sweetness with a lot of apple / cinnamon notes. Quite some vanilla and oak (a little bourbonny in that respect and similar to wheat whiskey). White chocolate. Developing on floral notes. Mouth: totally not the expected sweetness, it starts on sour orange peel and quite a few tangy, salty notes. Then some liquorice and ginger mingled with plain wood. Gracious but slightly surprising after the nose. Finish: medium length, again some dry oak with minty notes.

A blended / vatted Nikka with an impressive nose and firm oak – a little too firm for me – on the palate.

Score: 83/100

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Years 3 Ruben Luyten 2010-10-31
  • chris chivas

    Great review, I agree with this and had the luck of tasting and reviewing the Nikka Taketsuru recently. I like it so much so that I gave it the best whisky review of the month (Best whiskey of the month – April 2014).

    Has anyone else tasted the Taketsuru? Do you recommend any other similar Japanese whiskies?

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