Taketsuru 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.82/100
votes
213
Whiskybase ID
WB38412
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Malt
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label (2012) 竹鶴
Bottle code
24A10A
Barcode
4904230028581
Added on
04 dec 2012 11:01 pm

Average value

€ 404.34

20 × in wishlist

213 × member ratings

624 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Taketsuru 12-year-old

28 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.82 points.

  1. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      72 72

  2. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Makes a very harmonious impression, with tobacco, raisins, wood and nut in the background, all not particularly sweet. All in all very tasty, despite 40% vol. enough power to transport the aromas
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. dhillworth scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. dhillworth scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Disappointing, weak, too woody-young-malty
    • Nose
      Light, oily, rhubarb, young plums, apple, vanilla, sweet malt, peach
    • Taste
      Creamy, green apples, malt, many nuts, nutmeg, crispy oak, some smoke, bright fruits, honey
    • Finish
      Lots of malt, some wood, rather dry-rough, sweet, medium-long

  8. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This one has the floral notes of Miyagikyo 10yo (WB ID 9252) and the menthol tones of Yoichi 10yo (WB ID 5443) combined. Steven (WB user gooos) says it's diluted too much but I disagree. Blending the Miyagikyo an Yoichi: nose is very similar to the Taketsuru 12yo, but the Taketsuru smells a bit sweeter; still a bit of the Yoichi woodiness. Taste is very much alike, though now I notice that the Taketsuru is very diluted. Tasted on 13/11/2016 in a Japanese line-up (WB ID's 70236, 5443, 9252, 38412, 6016, 71248 and 20342, in that order). Also tasted on a tasting about Masataka Taketsuru (22/05/2016): Color: Deep copper. Aroma: Spicy (cinnamon, cloves), tutti frutti (dried peaches, apricots, some plums as well). On the background a faint hint of smoke. Taste, palate: Creamy, cinnamon, icing sugar, wonderfully balanced tutti frutti, and floral. Finish: Medium; not anything outstanding. Score: 85 (N 21 / T 22 / F 21 / B 21).
    • Nose
      Floral; it has a lot of the Miyagikyo 10yo (WB ID 9252) tones, but less sweet. Something waxy. 
    • Taste
      Nice floral whisky, with some menthol waxiness. Later on some cinnamon and anise spiciness. 
    • Finish
      Menthol/anise lingering. Some orange zestiness at the end? 

  9. jankes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  10. hartist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nothing transcendental in the end, too much penalized by an aqueous mouth.
    • Nose
      A very nice nose my faith for a 12 years. Rich, round and melted with pretty scents of exotic fruits in compote (bananas frécinettes, pineapple), sherry (walnuts, plums), precious woods (sandalwood), flowers (pink powder?), Sweet spices (cinnamon , vanilla ). It also appeals to us by its beautiful suave matter endowed with a point of wax varnish.
    • Taste
      Oh that's a shame! This dram begins so flat that it largely obscures the pleasure since then everything relative that draws thereafter. And the points of tumbling: hot spice notes (pepper, nutmeg), tropical fruits in marmalade, breakfast cereals, a good spoonful of honey all caramelized flowers, and also a strong influence of the wood.
    • Finish
      Rather rather short, fruity and spicy, with a burnt precious wood riff.

  11. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    All in all, this is a very nice delicate whiskey that is dangerously drinkable. You do not notice that you have 40% alcohol in your mouth and so it is easy to drink. Because it is such a fresh light dram, I can imagine that it will taste great on a hot summer evening. Light, fresh but complex. You should definitely not add water or ice to this whiskey that can not bear this dram. 喝采!
    • Nose
      Soft and light, delicate, light sweet notes, floral, fruity notes of cooked apples, prunes, pineapple, raspberries and peaches. Later the soft sherry tones come through and delicate coffee tones. slight smell of freshly baked cake. A beautiful composition
    • Taste
      Light, elegant, fresh and rich taste, sweet oak dried fruit (apples and pears) soft notes of salty caramel, cinnamon, hazelnut and vanilla. Reminds of a classic tarte tatin. He has a soft oily mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Beautiful balanced medium sweet and fresh fruity finish with notes of biscuit and rhubarb cake.

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. cavalier66 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Nose: fat, dusty, esters, pear, black cherry. Mouth: disappointing, weak at 40%, tastes young, unfocused,  Much inferior to 17 and 21 year versions. 

  14. squaadgras scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. Pépé scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    A nice nose, fresh, polite but complex enough. By cons it's peach in the mouth, too bad. He still has the profile of the very good starter.
    • Nose
      It's cute this nose. Cereals coated with fine caramel. Ripe fruits, including banana and apple. A clear flowery aspect that makes this nose very attractive. Above all, one feels a slight influence of woody smoke.
    • Taste
      Aqueous and bitter at first. It takes a few seconds for it to take. Caramel, vanilla. Wood influences a lot here. We still have the little flowery side that rode
    • Finish
      Pretty short.

  16. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  17. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Easy drinking whisky
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity (rhubarb, figs), apple pie, hint of smoke, coffee, flowery
    • Taste
      Rather weak, not oily, nutty, fresh, fruity, honey, spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg)
    • Finish
      Short, sweet, fruity

  18. Avdboom scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    The nose on this one is the biggest reason I love this malt. I'ts really lovely with malty and spicy aroma's. Also lovely banana, espacially when 1-3 drops of water are added. But sadly this amount of water is enough to let the blend fall apart already. One drop you get away with, but be aware if you add more...
    It really never tires nosing this dram!
    The taste is abbout the same but a litle weak in comparisson to the stunning nose. A little dissapointing mayby. Also I think the oak influence is on the edge, already tasting some tannins. But every time I do tase it I can not decide whether i think it's disturbing or just a great asset of character. Maybe distracting but not a bad thing at all...
    The finish is not intense but it is lasting! Even long after I took the last sip I can taste the spicy/matiness remaining in my mount/throat, something I would not expect of a 12 year old (blended)malt!
    Price was fair when I bought it, but It's going up steadily as almost all age statement Japanese whisky's. At least where I am living...
    Bottle is greatly shaped I think, and I love the screw cap. Maybe not as traditional, but a lot better than cork for (air)leaking, more reliable and the bottle pours better than most cork botles also.

    I reccomend it.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  20. St. Pauli scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    nice, but not very complex
    • Nose
      oily, spicy (cinnamon), dried small fruit (cinnamon, berries) and vanilla.
    • Taste
      oily, malty, slightly drying and a bit peppery
    • Finish
      mainly spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), and fruity (berries)

  21. Sonett scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  22. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    compared with Taketsuru Pure Malt (2014) & Nikka Miyagikyo 10-year-old

    great mixture of bourbon and sherry casks

    sample from Whiskybase
    • Nose
      sherry notes like orange, chocolate, some bourbon fruits and vanilla
    • Taste
      oily, fruity, dusty and caramel

      tastes older than 12 yrs
    • Finish
      creamy vanilla

  23. webdiver scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. Jimjam scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very different from the Auchentoshan I tried earlier: sweeter, rounder, fuller on the nose - though less characterful, less complex, particularly on the palate. At 40% you don’t need water. Shame it wasn't bottled at 46% abv - would have brought home the sweet fullness of flavour better. 
    • Nose
      Rich, round, almonds and marzipan, sweet floral notes.
    • Taste
      Very pleasant, malty, cake-y richness, but doesn’t really develop. There is less there than there is on the nose
    • Finish
      Warm sweet maltiness

  25. Winger scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    This is a blend of Yoichi and Miyagikyo and in my opinion the Miyagikyo is quite dominant, especially when the bottle was newly opened.
    • Nose
      Sweet, sherry, red fruits, cherries, plums, honey, floral. Traces of tannins (tea?) and vanilla
    • Taste
      Sweet fruity arrival, red fruits and marzipan. Develops into something spicy. Lingering vanilla and oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length, dry, spicy but still fresh.

  26. addyhd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    nice whisky, sort of good balanced complexity and a lot of taste for its abv!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. Ganga scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I really like this.  Don't let the notes deceive you.
    • Nose
      There is a grainy character but not barley.  Bit of earthiness too.  Waxy.
    • Taste
      Waxy chocolate.  burnt peat. 
    • Finish
      short, chocolate notes

  28. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      It works warmly, a little sharply. Cinnamon, cut leather, wood, lightly menthol or anyz. (85 b)
    • Taste
      Smooth, woody mature, caramel, some butter biscuits. In the bitter chocolate flavor. (83 b)

  29. Finlaggan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2013/09/taketsuru-12yo-blended-malt-nikka.html

  30. WhiskyandFood scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Tones of flowers, nuts, plums, herbs and vanilla ice-cream.
    • Taste
      Oily sweet whit hints of appelcider, cinnamon, buttery toffee, almonds and custard.
    • Finish
      nice creamy finish thats medium long with notes of cookies and rabarb crumble.

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