Taketsuru 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Malt
Stated Age
21 years old
Oak Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
"21" in the center of the label
Bottle code
jp Japan
Added on
03 jul 2010 4:42 pm

Average value

€ 675.00

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Whisky Reviews for Taketsuru 21-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.38 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      old dusty wood meets sherry, very floral fruitiness, jasmine, very sweet and incredibly dense,
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet and great spicy, dry, dusty, very nice old oak
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    N: Incredibly similar profile to the 21yo Hibiki - though more woody. 
    T: Thin/acute aniseed attack. Also oily>waxy.
    F: Blackberry juice finish.
    C: Decent but not one thats going to quite beat the Hibiki tonight. Maybe this got rather tired in the bottle.Scores a B-

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Molasses sweet, putty with river reeds [bulrush?], pineapple bark and a light waft of field mushrooms.
    T: A compact arrival with a grassy>light herbal & toffee complex.
    F: Light grassy & oaky dry. Tannins come in one minute later.
    C: Do you find the Japanese present old oak tannins in a different way to Scotch? - with neat balancing & integration, that you don't necessarily notice the engineering behind it all. A very good ‘pure malt’, but one i still dont get excited about.Scores a B-

  4. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Will be more beautiful & full of time, very nice!
    • Nose
      Licorice, glue, mint, vanilla, mango, papaya, plum, lemon
    • Taste
      Again licorice, beautiful dried fruits, plums, apricots & raisins, sweet and sour sauce, sweet malt, citrus, foliage
    • Finish
      Dry, fruit, dry oak and leaves stay soft and warm, medium to long

  5. fsvtav15 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. fsvtav15 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very complex whiskey combining an impressive length of mouth or explodes iodine, acidulated the smoke the succession of surprise At least 92/100

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's a whisky with two faces for me. A nose in which the sweeter sides dominates, and a palate that is spicier.
    • Nose
      Bit dusty at first. Then sandalwood and some light glue. Plenty of vanilla follows, with also ripe tropical fruit, cinnamon and apples. A bit waxy. Balanced and refreshing.
    • Taste
      Slightly sour and bitter, lots of oak influence. Coffee and cinnamon. Pretty dry, so lots of tannins. Also more spices with pepper and cloves.
    • Finish
      Black tea, milk chocolate, tannins and some tobacco. Long.

  8. franpincoffee did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    The nose on this Japanese classic is light and clean with a hint of grass. The taste is complex with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of salt. The finish is sweet and long with a bit of fruitiness.

  9. bull10298 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Taketsuru is a blended malt from Japan?s second-largest distiller, Nikka, and is
    named in honour of Masataka Taketsuru, often referred to as ?the father of
    Japanese whisky,? and founder of the Nikka company. The component whiskies come
    from Nikka?s two distilleries, namely Yoichi and Miyagikyo, both of which are
    designed to produce a wide permutation of spirit types. Yoichi can turn out five
    million litres of spirit a year and continues to use direct-fired stills,
    fuelled by coal, making both unpeated and peated spirit. Miyagikyo has a similar
    capacity and is equipped with four pairs of pot stills, as well as Coffey
    stills, which are sometimes used to distil malted barley, principally destined
    for blending with malt spirit from the pot stills. Taketsuru blended malt is
    available in 12, 17 and 21-year-old expressions and the top of the range
    21-year-old offers a sweet, rich nose, with figs, sultanas and Sherry. Smoky
    molasses develops with time, and beyond that, an icing sugar note. Bold fruit
    flavours on the palate, ripe oranges and plums, plus ginger and discreet wood
    smoke. Medium to long in the finish, with lingering smoke and cinnamon.



  10. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A well-made whiskey, nice and slightly sherry, which can not pierce because of its lack of character and power.
    • Nose
      Fairly sweet, sweet and vanilla. The wood is quite active and takes up a lot of space.
    • Taste
      A good creamy texture, on hazelnut, caramel, vanilla. It's greedy and easy. Always the bitterness of wood behind.
    • Finish
      Medium, on dried fruits, wood, vanilla, caramel.

  11. Emilien206 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior



  12. Alex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good dram with it's very own character. Similar style than the Hibiki 21, but not that good (especially the bottling of 2012 which I rated on 95 points)
    • Nose
      Strong wood extracts strike first, such as resin, mint and fresh putty. Then getting quite fruity, on dried fruits and raisins in rum. Smooth and balanced.
    • Taste
      Sweet-dry-bitter combo. The dried fruits are still there, also some wood smoke. Rich, but not as complex as the nose suggested. Spicy. Good balance.
    • Finish
      Long, on the same sweet and dry and bitter rope. Some flower pepper.

  13. Willie JJ scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Charming old whisky.
    • Nose
      A real fruit fest, although its not citrussy. Cherry brandy notes. Floral and stunning.
    • Taste
      Much lighter here, but still good. Citrus and barley water.
    • Finish
      Not much impact, but gentle and lovely.

  14. Master Quill scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Score is for a bottle from 2006. Had a lot of fun with this one, very drinkable. You could drink a whole bottle (alone) playing cards with your mates!

  15. I_SPEY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very fruity, with some oak and malt; the taste is fruity, malty and also with some oak spices and with notes of leather and tobacco. The finish is rather long and sweet, with quite some notes of malt. Comments: it`s a delicious, vibrant and warming whisky! 


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