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Taketsuru 21-year-old

Overall rating
88.30/100
votes
298
Whiskybase ID
WB157798
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Malt
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
"21" at the left side of the label
Barcode
4904230104568
Added on
08 may 2020 6:58 pm

Average value

€ 908.18

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Whisky Reviews for Taketsuru 21-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.30 points

  1. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Interesting whiskey. Overall very harmonious and easy to drink. Not very complex for his age.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    In terms of color, this whiskey makes a wine or PX finish, the nose supports my guess with its dried fruits. The taste disturbs me the recurrent aroma after furniture polish or glaze. The pleasant sharpness gives this malt but a special touch. All in all, a very pleasing malt, but with rough edges.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Clear and pure, the malt shines amber with a reddish glow in the glass. A very subtle smoky nose mixes with dark dried berries at the beginning of the nosing, roasted aromas rise and mix with the intense fruit flavors. Slightly mineral notes follow, apricots and peaches give the nose a sweetish and fruity aroma. Slowly a grassy note dissolves and the malt suddenly appears very flowery with a very special floral aroma. A touch of citrus fruits is created, then the roasted aromas and the dried berries are brought to life again. The nose is generally very fruity and intense, but somehow looks a bit shallow over time.
    • Taste
      Cool and clear, the first sip flows over the tongue, immediately bitter and extremely spicy woody flavors are present, dried berries come to the fore again while a touch of furniture polish is created. Slowly salty and wooden sharpness lays over the tongue, a pinch of black pepper slowly unfolds its full aroma. The sharpness becomes more intense and old and bitter walnut aromas alternate with dry wood elements. The second sip looks a bit more pleasing and subtly fruity, but these flavors are relatively quickly dimmed by the sharpness on the tongue. Salt and pepper dance on the tongue, it crackles and pearls dance on the tongue. Slowly, the spiciness fades away and the taste goes into the finish with spicy woody elements.
    • Finish
      The fading sharpness rests on the tongue for a long time. Dry and harsh wood tones go back over the course of time in a discreet furniture polish flavor. Walnuts mix again with fruity and sweet elements at the end of the departure. Slowly the intense and long Angang sounds out and leaves a peel and harsh woody taste in the mouth.

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Japanese H2H

    Fuji Gotemba 40th Anniversary 46% 2013 OB single grain wb 64595
    87/88/88
    Takestsuru 21 year 43% 2010 blended malt (yoichi & Miyagiko) wb 157798
    85/83/85
    Suntory The Peninsula Tokyo 43% 2014 blend (Yamazaki/Hakushu/Chita) wb 67513
    94/88/89
    Hanyu 1990/2007 cask 9511 55.5% wb 6634
    89/89/90
    Karuizawa 1981/2012 sherry butt 162 55.8% Cocktail Series for LMDW wb 36517
    91/91/90
    Karuizawa 1981/2013 sherry butt 155 56% Noh whisky wb 41915
    91/89/89
    Karuizawa 27 year bottled 2017 sherry/bourbon 59.1% Noh whisky wb 32187
    93/92/92
    Yamazaki 1990 18 year cask ON70645 sherry butt 60% wb 6261
    91/93/93

    Started off with the Fuju Gotemba single grain,which is different to Scottish grains I have tried and thought it was very good.
    Taketsuru blended malt is ok but for the price poor
    Suntory the nose is great but the palate is swamped by oak, shame
    Hanyu all round is pretty good
    Karuizawa Cocktail butt 162 pretty good all round
    Karuizawa butt 155 not bad just a little too bitter
    Karuizawa multi vintage ,very good vatting of 4 casks,good balance
    Yamazaki 1990 very good

    The best Japanese whisky I have tried are the Karuizawa 1967 & 1968 vintages both scored at 95 points but I suspect right now I would score them around 93 points as my palate has changed in the last few years.

    The people who purchased these bottles when they were released all I can say was smart move because the price now at auction is horrendous,the yamazaki can go for 5k,which is beyond silly.
    Most of the Karuizawa/Yamazaki single casks are heavy sherry and walk a fine line with being too oaky,they are good quality drams for sure but in my view do not match the best that Scotch whisky has to offer. Scotch whisky that is aged is far too expensive now but when compared to the absurd prices of Japanese whisky they start to become an attractive proposition.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not bad,but not worth anywhere near what you would have to pay for it these days.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A full on nose that has earthy and vegetal notes mixed with pastry.
      Honey, yellow plum, faint cough syrup, wet stones,putty,hints of pepper.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Thin mouthfeel at first but it does improve as you goon.Lots of pepper, some bitterness from unripe fruits and a little wood.
      If you took the spice away there would be precious little left.
    • Finish
      85 85
      This is the best part by far, warming and finally, thankfully some fruit sweetens things up but is is too late to dispel the fact that the palate is weak.

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old Pure Malt 43%. Aroma is like a lemon-mango fruity cake made with lots of butter ... there's also pineapple oak, highlighter pen vanilla. It just has that typically good Japanese aroma. Taste is very easy going, soft supple oak, light biscuit-salt-mint, milky softness but with lovely clarity of flavour and good complexity. Exotic fruits and a light furriness. Suggestions of peat for me. That's really good. Really good. Just really well-judged and very enjoyable. A real treat. I didn't realise how expensive it is until I'd already drunk most of it and started Googling it as a result of how good it was. Don't get me wrong, this is great, but very few, probably no, whiskies are worth £1000 a bottle. 3.8/90

  7. Kiran_kharel scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Wonderful sherry notes. Green chilli spice, old leather coated with wood fire chimney smoke. Citric apricot, fresh milk, cocoa powder and smoked cheese.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Dark and bold. Sweet raisin, gentle smoke, brandy soaked black cherry. Guinness treacle followed by grapefruits and pear. Dark chocolate, black pepper with layer of oak bitterness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long. Woodsmoke. Some floral notes appeared with smooth alcohol tingles. Mint, cinnamon.
      I think it would be super whisky, but just lack that bit of kicks and layers on the finishing

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Taketuru Pure Malt NAS 43% WID: 91616 Vs. Taketsuru Pure Malt 17yo 43% WID: 107714 Vs. Taketsuru Pure Malt 21yo 43% WID: 45887

    The fruits in the NAS are rather bright and fresh. But a few are a bit moldy. In addition a little brittle. Sour oak. And maybe a little machine oil. Acts quite young.

    The 17yo is very different. Go towards dried apricots, prunes and some exotic fruits. Also a certain glue note. Wanted possibly wax. Tobacco and a reminder of smoke. In addition, wood wort.
    But he lacks a bit of strength in the mouth. Only the oak flavor helps him there.

    Interestingly, the 21yo is lighter overall in the nose and mouth. Again, the fruits. Now rather exotic. In addition, something like apricot dumplings. Wood Stain. Tree sap. The wax is clearer than it was at 17yo. More elegant oak notes than at 17yo.
    Here, I feel the 43% is not necessarily too weak, because the malt that makes up for its volume. Of course I would have liked to be a few percent more.

    The NAS is drinkable. But nothing I need again.
    The 17yo is quite good, but too expensive for the offered.
    The 21yo is delicious, but also anything but cheap.

  9. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      At the very beginning only glue, which settles very fast, really intense honey, cereals, slightly dusty, some soil, pine needles and wood, a few fruits can also be found: apple, pear, apricot, peach, the glue does not disappear unfortunately Completely
    • Taste
      Extremely mild and soft, honey, apple, after swallowing then comes properly wood and also some seasoning - probably more of the barrel than the alcohol. The finish is much longer than expected.

  10. etwa77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  11. 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!

  12. butt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  13. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  14. DocF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: Chestnut / Oloroso sherry

    Old, matured, interwoven - hard to pull something concrete into the foreground -, appropriate oak cargo, reminiscent of something Scottish from the past. 89P. For 120 € I would have bought it.
    • Nose
      Old, dusty workbench, oily-musty gloves, cinnamon, baked apple, toffee, apricot pie, sugar sprinkles. Long drawn green tea. Ripe oranges.Pine needles. Very tightly interwoven without any peaks.
    • Taste
      Dark, malty, charred oak, old planks, resin. Medium volume. Candle soot, frankincense. Greased leather, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Long, malty, pine resin, fir honey, furniture polish. Orange peel. Pollen.

  15. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Expect more, the claims are the same as for the 17-year-old fellow - for the proud title of Japanese whiskey is very weak and toothless, there is no depth, there is no Japanese core, minimalistic style, for which I personally very much love the Japanese, well, in general, regardless of the origin, for 21 years is very simple and flat.
    • Nose
      Closed, moist, woody-lacquer notes, light creamy tones, drying mown grass.
    • Taste
      Soft, honey-floral with a light spicy oak in the background, ginger, orange peel.
    • Finish
      Spicy, citrus-herbaceous, orange peel, notes of eucalyptus.

  16. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blindverrkostung! really a nice malt, I really like 88 pts.
    • Nose
      clear spicy sherry aromas with a light citrus freshness in the beginning, strong and with good volume, slightly sour, blackcurrant berry
    • Taste
      nice fruity spicy beginning that takes a moment to develop to be young, he is not unruly enough for me the alcohol is rather soft.
    • Finish
      on the finish nice notes of chocolate, some herbs and then again fruity seasoning

  17. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I like it very much. 90 points
    • Nose
      Wet autumn leaves, mint leaves, but also creamy fruity, maybe papaya? Very spicy with cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon. In addition fresh-meaty notes. In the background you can feel minimal smoke. Very complex, a lot of time is needed here to fully understand it
    • Taste
      Plenty of dark chocolate, light fruit notes, while swallowing a sweet sweet oak spice, which unfolds in the nose.
    • Finish
      In the finish a bit dusty-dirty notes. Tobacco and chili. Dry bitterness is covered by beautiful sweetness.

  18. SemperAugustus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    2nd Tried: Jan 2017
    N- Wait a minute...have I just walk into a flower shop? Fresh and
    clean aroma of various petals, stems and leafy. Some soothing mints,
    fruit of peach, pear, crisp mist, with wisp of sweet milky chocolate.
    Delicate and lively, full of sunshine. You just cannot not liking this.

    P- Quite solidly packed with fruits, apricot and ginger. Juicy, charm and quite jammy, breeze of unique wood fragrant.

    F- Long, dust of spices and sweet vanilla and plenty of malt. Pulsing and echoing peat lingers.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.***

    First Tried: June 2015 / Weighted Rate:- 80ptNose:-
    Blend of sweet and sour. Open with sweet vanilla and dry fruits of
    prunes, follow by dry sour plum. Soft and gentle, touch of charred oak,
    lightly acidic, peat heat feel on nose.

    Palate:- Mellow, soft
    note of mild ginger and curry powder. Unique flavour, but lack of weight
    and a bit flat.

    Finish:- Warming, mature, serious, make u quiet. (but not the smoothest....)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Not bad on the nose but the body and the finish are rather humble - overall it's a bit smoother than the 17yo Taketsuru but actually comparable
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, malty, hints of vanilla and cinnamon - actually not bad
    • Taste
      Punchy, woody and I think even hints of smoke - not that many different flavors
    • Finish
      Rather short, flat and a tad bitter in the end

  22. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I am disappointed. But even more disappointing I find the expensive 25yr. There's just not enough meat on my bones. The taste is little pronounced. A blend with too little character. Who praises the, has never really drunk good whiskey. Compared to cheap scotch, it is OK, but nothing more. In comparison with Miyagikyo worse and too expensive. Prefer to drink Miyagikyo + Yoichi as a single malt. They are better from Nikka. On Neudeutsch: Is how to eat only pulp bone, nothing meat. Neme Miyagikyo and Yoichi, glass of cola nix drunk together, throw Taketsuru. Have a good drink, then cuddle with a woman, sure the taste is crass like - wood, woman make ikea opinion amplifier system knock on your head.

  24. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    So many medals for world's best blend... Hum yes I like it and yes it is a good dram and probably worth its money (180€) I just miss the complexity. For somebody who is starting his whisky career it will be one of the drams that he will probably point out as the best he has had. 
    • Nose
      very nice nose with a lot of fruits, sherry and oak. Fruits as usual for Japanese whisky with a lot of plums, raisins, lychees, some lemon, apple and pears. 
    • Taste
      Very smooth fruity taste but not as good as the smell
    • Finish
      The finish is middle with some oaky bitterness and a lot of herbs. Not too bad!

  25. maltaholic scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Man o man. He smells great, fresh and fruity at the same time, a lot of oak, a little sherry. Wow. It tastes like it smells, soft, round, almost creamy, flowery, oak most clearly, with a beautiful finish. A big movie theater!

  26. Ciro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Best Japanese blended malt 21 years and over
    2015 world whiskies awards  (category winner)
    2012 World Whiskies Awards, Best
    Non Scotch Blended Malt Whisk 21 Years and over / 2011 World Whiskies
    Awards, World's Best Blended Malt / 2010 World Whiskies Awards, World's
    Best Blended Malt / 2009 World Whiskies Awards, World's Best Blended
    Malt / 2008 World Whiskies Awards, Best Non Scotch Blended Malt Whisk /
    2007 World Whiskies Awards, World's Best Blended Malt

  28. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Rich and complex nose on plum and yellow fruits. The palate is on the same flavors. Delicate, good but not for my taste. The finish brings a little wood.

  29. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Delicious! First reserved and then the wow effect.
    • Nose
      Overripe fruits, banana ?, vanilla, toffee, sweetness, pleasantly integrated alcohol.
    • Taste
      Pleasant wooden note, light tingles on the palate, dark chocolate with light fruit, first reserved and then suddenly very intense and voluminous.
    • Finish
      Again subtle oak, then light sweetness, chocolate, light tingling, discreetly bitter, long and intense.

  30. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A fine pure malt. One notices the age of the quite intense oak notes, sometimes a hint of too much wood in the rather elegant whiskey. In the direct comparison, much more mature, but only a touch of finer and tastier than the younger Nikka Taketsuru NAS, but is a really well-composed young malt and beats the 21er in the PLV.
    • Nose
      Similar to the NAS, only more mature. Significantly more oak, more spice and spices, a bit more mineral, and less fruity than the NAS, the pears with vanilla are still clearly visible. Nice.
    • Taste
      Strong start, a lot of wood, tingling and astringent in one. Very spicy and tart oak, but with a nice sweetish background.
    • Finish
      Oak, spices, a hint of Maggie herb, some sherry, tobacco and quite a bit long.

  31. ValeronDeportivo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Most elegant. Only a drop of water is needed, no more.
    • Nose
      A very complex nose, sweet and lightly peaty. Honey, some wax, sherry, old expensive wood furniture. With time spices develop, especially cinnamon and cocoa.
    • Taste
      The taste is wonderfully soft and smooth, sweet and smokey. Dark honey, raisins, strawberries, rust, rich damp earth.
    • Finish
      A very long finish, that starts with sweet fruits and ends with an earthy peat remaining long after the rest.

  32. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2nd tasting:

    A very fine and elegant sweet 21 year old blend.

    The nose is definitely highly recommended.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    very polite in its detailed structure, many little hints are there to get found - one and the same part can be recognized as many different things in combination with these little hints, recommendation of a medium-sized sip.

    The initial tastes didn't show up at the first sip.
    Tasting with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      currant, leather, slightly burnt sugar, apple, cherry-topnote, custard, interwoven grain, plum, sugar candy floss, vanilla cookies (Vanillekipferln), christmas cookies, raw short pastry, moist fresh tobacco leave, overripe banana, solvent and makeup remover, lemon sorbet and marmalade, slightly charred wood, intense sweetness like vanilla sugar, no 'floral' vanilla, memory of shoe polish, caramel pudding, wood stain, hints of black radish, pear compote, hints of medical smoke in combination with disinfectant (Sterilium), iodine, yarrow, wet sawdust, hints of grog with white rum, marshmallow, sachet (with herbal mix), boiled plums, some clove, it is a blend!
    • Taste
      it really started with the second sip:

      spice, citrus, cherry, vanilla, sweet woodruff, leather, tobacco, little smoke, some sourness, some chives, pastry with coffee as ingredient, chocolate, candied apple on a wooden stick, lettuce, roasted cereals, long-lasting and fiery, Irish coffee, peppered tangerines, charred wood, hints of quince and apricot, bread
    • Finish
      wood, pepper, vanilla (custard and cookies), pear puree, ripe peach, pipfruit peels, noble tart chocolate, citrus (grapefruit?), espresso (bitter), cocoa powder, spicy, stinging nettle, lamb's lettuce, lychee, hints of ginger, sweetness from the nose arises, some lester case, sour cherry jam, many spices (not too hot - more soft), pinch of salt

  34. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    WHAT A BLEND !!!

    A fantastic composition - you won't think of a blended Whisky!

    All the time (from the first nose to the end of a long finish) one gets a lot of changing varieties of a great amount of wonderful aromas!

    We recommend this one with high appreciation!

    Tasting with  Fine Spirits_butler1.
    • Nose
      deep and complex, cherries, pear, banana, caramel, some smoke, freshness is in the (central) alcohol, lots of plum, baked apples, applesauce, dry old newspapers, citrus, furniture polish (old wood polish), pleasant vanilla, pepper, green herbs and spices, oregano, powdered sugar, stomach Bread outside (Association for clotted, caramelized Something), 'medical caramel', good old leather seating with lampshade (picture), wood not alone: ​​with alcohol and slightly sour, old men's wallet, yellow tiles, old willow bast basket, idea of peppered strawberries, cucumber cups , dark chocolate (cream), tomato paste, wet ash, hint of peat (?), orange, thick pear juice, vanille sauce, vegetables until rhubarb, …

      To be continued ...
    • Taste
      young apple juice, some floral notes, dark chocolate, smoke, pepper, spices, herbs, citrus, charred wood, cocoa powder, a variety of wood-impressions, bread, quince, pear, sour, effervescent, Fishermen's Friend, cherry, fruit cocktail (green), briefcase, atmospheric wood, sage, mealy all kinds of fruits, 98% chocolate, mocha, Sherry, upholstered furniture, library, empty cigarette box; 

      of dram to dram fruity and spicy!
    • Finish
      Dessert of dark fruits, sweetness without any kind of sugar (!), Tobacco leaves, becoming dry, dusty, creamy, boiled milk, peppered smoke, dark chocolate, caramel, grilled fish (?), Sherry, a lot of 'broad' wood, spices on the tongue side , fruits, apple, vanilla sauce, a little sweeter, becoming dry, citrus peel, orange, banana, fresh mint, espresso, Rum Pot, cherry jam, ...; 

      with cigarette: Change: bubbles, lots of dark chocolate ...

  36. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What a pleasure - very good blended malt.

    With its at least 21 years there is a well-balanced deepness to find in this overall delightful composition.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

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