Taketsuru 21-year-old

Overall rating
Blended Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Malt
Stated Age
21 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Apr 2019 10:42 am by UisgePunk

Average value

€ 436.63

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Whisky Reviews for Taketsuru 21-year-old

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.14 points

  1. etwa77 scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    I had high hopes for this whisky, but in the end I was left disapointed. Since I cannot imagine ever spending over 1000 euros for a bottle, I had hoped that this comparatively affordable dram could give me a peek into the world of mythical japanese labels, such as Karuizawa or Hanyu. Alas, i enjoyed it less than the Hibiki 17 which has a better nose and a crispier punch.
    All the elements that make a whisky distinctly japanese are there, the floral whiff, the green tea, the menthol and a certain, fresh earthiness, the orchard of fruits combined into a single taste of “fruits”, the shy sweetness.. they are there. But in the end, it’s not enough to make me jump with joy. It is like a wind that is strong enough to blow the sail, but not strong enough to make the boat leave the harbour.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Three Drops

    Taketsuru is a Japanese Pure Malt from the Nikka stables, composed with single malts from both Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The age statement versions (12, 17, 21, 25 and 35) are long gone – or, if you do find them, prohibitively expensive – as Nikka stopped producing them. Until further notice, only the NAS release is available. So I am very glad that my pal Peter has an open bottle and offered me a sample.

    Round nose on tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, passion fruit, oranges), joined by some pipe tobacco and some chocolate with praline filling. Quite some nuts. Creamy and sweet. A drop of balsamic, a drop of broth and a drop of blood. A trace of woodsmoke and a dusty element that I cannot quite pinpoint. Delicious.

    On the palate the malt develops to becomes nicely sweet and fruity on the one hand, but also immediately spicy on the other. Tropical fruit is now supported by some plums and grapefruit, walnuts and fresh figs, while black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom offer up a spicy prickle. Some lapsang souchong tea. The trace of smoke becomes pretty big.

    And just when you think this blended malt has given all it has to give, a beautiful fresh note of menthol appears in the medium long finish.

    If single malts are instruments and blends thus a symphony, then this is a masterpiece. The Seventh of Nikka. I actually like the sound of that, too. Thx, Peter!

  3. butt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84


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