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Taketsuru Pure Malt

Overall rating
82.44/100
votes
398
Whiskybase ID
WB50538
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
竹鶴
Barcode
4904230034971
Added on
11 jan 2014 4:50 pm by wbarchive_350097

Average value

€ 128.65

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Whisky Reviews for Taketsuru Pure Malt

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.44 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Kind of okayish, but not very outspoken. Reminds me most of standard 12 yo blends. Not worth €50 by a long shot. I bought my bottle in a French supermarket for considerably less, but even then...
    • Nose
      80 80
      Savory, dough, grainy, ripe and dried fruits like yellow apple and raisins, slightly stale and musty.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Thin and rather flat, sweet, some raisins and toffee.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Short to medium in length: some faint fruit sweetness, liquorice and flattening drying wood notes.

  2. EvilAFI scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Decent floral nose, but sharp and simple body that leaves quick and has relatively no finish
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruity, sweet, honey, malt,
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sharp, Apple, Hot, Vanilla, light spice
    • Finish
      80 80
      Quick, tart, apple strudel

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    お湯割
    I have already killed a few bottles of the Taketsuru Pure Malt, because it was affordable (last bought in a French supermarket for 35 EUR, but unfortunately in the shop in my own country almost double that) and ideal to make a Mizuwari. A Pure Malt, which means that no grain was added to it. In this case it was composed with malts from Yoichi (10%) and Miyagikyo (90%), both from the Nikka stable. Through my buddy Benny I got a sample from a bottling from 2014, so let me try it again.
    Floral, light nose on plums and rhubarb, orangettes, caramel, mandarins, pine needles and a hint of oak. Nice (and better than I remember).
    Unfortunately, it is very watery on the palate, but fortunately it remains sufficiently flavorful to be interesting. Cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper are the spices of service, which precede some iced tea, orange and plums. Midpalate it even seems to gain weight, if you know what I mean.
    The finish is medium and quite satisfying.
    What's in the title, you ask? That's 'oyuwari' or 'mixed with warm water', the counterpart of the summery 'mizuwari' (with cold water and ice cubes). I'm going to try that with this Pure Malt!

  4. joeynoreen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  5. Ficelli scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. cycleholic scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Very alcoholic nose. Punchy and in your face. Taste..milk chocolate, burnt caramel and pepper. Short finish. Pretty decent, but overpriced.

  7. avason scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Interesting sweet nose, but somewhat sharp and oily body with an almost nonexistant finish.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Overripe fruits, malt, croissants, some floral notes
    • Taste
      79 79
      Sharp, malt sweetness, sherry, some spice and vanilla
    • Finish
      77 77
      Very short, light smoke, liquorice, sherry

  8. holborndrinker scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Fur hat, no knickers.

    For what you pay, it's quite quotidian. Not all Japanese whisky is a revelation.

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Taketsuru Pure Malt, (nikka) blended malt whisky 43%. Pineapple and ginger on the aroma. Faint oak and fruity esters. Some caramel. Decent nose. Very Japanese. Taste has a punch of caramel American oak, touches of bitterness but mostly smooth caramelised and rounded notes. Quite simple. Not much complexity but I enjoy what's there. A moderate-intensity thrust of toffee and then dies away into the softest salty-oaky linger. Absolutely nothing wrong with this at all, but at £75 a bottle there are better options 3.45/82

  10. Gweddry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      honey, trace of peat, sweet, dried orange, fruit, pear compote, sherry, raisins, berries, apple, tanned oak,
    • Taste
      trace of smoke sweet sherry
    • Finish
      malt, buns, smoke trail, sultanas, sherry,

  11. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Scent of ripe fruit, more delicate and less intrusive than Miyagikyo, a hint of citrus, a little coffee, a hint of peat and after a while a light light cereal. Well balanced and harmonious, but with many components
    • Taste
      On the palate it is fresh and light, the peat is decidedly more pronounced than the nose, you feel a bouquet of tropical fruit
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long, with a final balsamic note

  12. Keek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      red grapes, tangerines, caramel, marzipan, coconut, oak
    • Taste
      first fruity, apricot, then spicy, tobacco, malt
    • Finish
      fruity, spicy, liquorice, some smoke

  13. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  15. Collegiate scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My first full bottle of Japanese whisky and some slight differences from scotch profiles I’m more used to. Bought on sale for $55 cdn (equivalent of £31) and at that price it is well worth getting, but I can’t recommend it at more than that. Extremely oily. Some peat. Fruits, but burnt. Very rounded and smooth. At 43%, it punches surprisingly above its weight. This isn’t a blended malt that I would explore complexity and nuisances with, but an enjoyable drinker to be sure.

  16. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    quite good for a blend, but overall a little too oily in my opinion
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  17. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  18. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  19. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Japanese Whisky of the Year 2019 (Jim Murray)

  20. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Mineral oil, paraffin, plaster, little floral, some vanilla, hints of smoke... hmm no fruit?
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lovely and balance, some citrus, little pear, some peat in between, hints of smoke, some salt, lime stone, wax, mentol, and little plasticine. Quite excellent actually.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, mineral and citrus

  21. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    We are on a smooth alcohol whose only fruity note on the finish is noticeable and hard to decipher.
    Without a real defect but without any quality, it is definitely a notch below that the 12 year old.

  22. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Colour: gold.
    Nose: sweet with sweet fruits, perfume, croissant, citrus, grass, floral, vanilla and light fruit rottenness notes.
    Mouth: sweet with caramel, fruits, light smoke, oak and muffins notes.
    Finish: middle with spices, vanilla, fruits, floral and grass notes.
    Taketsuru Pure Malt is a well balanced, smooth, simple and easy drinkable whisky. I gave 84 points.

  23. Dark29 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  24. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. Rien scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. berarith73 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  27. Simo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  28. Simo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  30. Cubey666 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Interesting nose, rather typical Japanse, and quite different from Scotch malts. Quite fruity and sweet in the nose.

    The palate is quite clean and rather flat.

    The finish is very short, and not much noteworthy tastes.

    First sip or two are nice, but it is a on the taste and finish a bit too blank, making it a bit of a slightly boring dram. However, for 30€ in a French supermarket, a good price-quality ratio
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      71 71

  31. LukeFive scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  32. Daan Tje scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  33. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/mnc-pikka-nikka-2/

    A blended malt that contains a high percentage of malt from Miyagikyo and the rest from Yoichi.

    N: After three fairly average whiskies, we may finally be in business. Here we have a deeper fruity-malt profile with some feisty [bourbon>sherry] dunnage>fungal, which signifies to me signs of proper age – and low and behold, this contains malt that is around 10 years old. More info keeps coming in: its also saltyish with oily linseeds, some airfix paint, wet quill feathers! Well rounded overall though with a slightly flat=low abv.
    T: Edgy arrival, some waxiness [mouthfeel], some bitterness, some sootiness [similar to the ‘Super’ in that way], oak, dusty caramel, dark cacao=chocolate,.. Generally a decent chewer.
    F: Caramel bitter>sweet waxy oaky<malt.
    C: Similarly priced to previous three [£55], though the best yet in terms of complexity, some form and some mouthfeel. Doesnt hold too well on returning sips however and the caramel becomes a bore.Scores a C[-]

  34. SimpleSample scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good NAS
    • Nose
      Nose ... peach .. light smoke ... slightly spritg
    • Taste
      Taste ... malty ... sweet ... Somewhat more voluminous than expected ...
    • Finish
      mild with light smoke ... short to medium

  35. Rino Rotten scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Bought this at a Carrefour in France about a year ago for 33.20 EUR,
    hence the high rating for the price. Very nice daily dram, excellent
    price-quality ratio.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  36. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Ice Tea on Steroids
    Taketsuru is a blended malt composed of both Yoichi and Myagikyo malts and named after the founder of the Nikka concern, Masetaka Taketsuru. Their standard bottling used to be a 12 Year Old, but the increase in demand for Japanese malts has forced Taketsuru to drop the age statement.
    The nose is sweet and floral and rather light. I get some plums and rhubarb, but also some vanilla and a hint of coffee grounds. After a breather it becomes sweeter on caramel with some vanilla. I also smell a bit of wood.
    On the palate it is really very light, but also a bit playful, allowing the fruit to emerge. Very sweet, it has to be said. Ice tea on steroids with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Some nuts. But all in all quite bantam, if you know what I mean.
    The finish is very short and sweet. Blink and you will miss it.
    Devoid of complexity, but very quaffable.

  37. Jeig scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Medicinal note, phenolic

    Taste: Young and rough, Slightly oakiness. Dry

    Finish: Dry, Short to medium finish. Bitter end.

  38. peej84 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  39. Butei scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    this is a very nice whisky. although the smell is not vey intense, the taste is making up for it, round and smooth. the finish is not very impressive but still ok. the price below eur.50,- makes it quite interesting. a nice afternoon dram.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  40. ctu scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant blend from Japan.
    • Nose
      Fruits, antique skin, citruses, tobacco and oak. Very nice.
    • Taste
      Soft, smoky. Oak, tea, vanilla and dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium length, woody, smoky

  41. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  42. Andytka3 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Leather, a bit of steel, cold stone, flinty. Quite estery with sharp
    concentrated fresh citric a slight turn off. Develop to rustic tobacco,
    wheat flour and warm pancake.

    P- Tea smokes, soft rubbery lingers along. Sour fruits, vinegar, steam rice (sushi?!) and peppery.

    F- Medium, shaved wood. Return of gingery fine spirit and echoing.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. jankes scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  44. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Nikka pure paints 43%
    tasted 2016-10 @ Tobi:
    N sweet, something without character
    soft but strong, yummy woody, slightly fruity
    79

  45. NamorX68 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A nice NAS whiskey is looking forward to older Taketsurus
    • Nose
      fresh and fruity, bright fruits, grapes, peach, marzipan and removes very slight smoke.
    • Taste
      sweet and fruity, nut, again light smoke, malt
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity, dry

  46. ZwiJo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  47. Daan Tje scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  48. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    NAS more alcoholic than 12 yo. , with scents of vanilla, honey, spices, caramel and coffee, fruits that draw on lemon and grapes!
    A spicy finish!
    An entry-level with a good Q / P.

  49. zinaf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Elegance and finness. Excellent sipping whisky
    • Nose
      very fresh and fruity. melon, pears with a nice citrus undercoat. Some dried fruits develop
    • Taste
      mooth and sweet arrival with some nice bitterness developing towards the back. Very gentle but imersive
    • Finish
      Short, hint of dryness and white pepper.

  50. pelle86 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      82 82

  51. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  52. Markie81 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  53. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  54. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    83 points by me - equals a B-
    • Nose
      barley, raisins, nuts, autumn leaves
    • Taste
      sherry, barley, almonds, raisins, alcohol
    • Finish
      medium long, warming and strong

  55. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  56. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Supposedly around the 10 year old bottlings of Miyagikyo and Yoichi. He immediately smells young, strict, needs time. The taste is better, a lot of sherry, soft after 10 minutes, round. But nothing compared to the older of Taketsuru. Would be amazing too ...

  57. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  58. Drochaid scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Color: deep gold with copper reflections. Fragrance: charming, refreshing, fruity. White peach, juicy grapes. Sweet almond, marzipan and pastry notes (panettone with raisins). Taste: malted, fresh citrus notes. Coffee, licorice, toasted oak, cigar smoke. Some wood and herbs (Verveine, chamomile). Complex and varied aromas. Finish: omnipresent peat note, long-lasting.

  59. r0back55 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Blend note
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  60. r0back55 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Melon, pears, glue aromas. After couple of minutes much more sherry, dried plums, raisins, a little touch of rum.
    • Taste
      Very fast arrival - sweet, dried fruits, oak, vanilla, hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Pretty short, fruity, spicy.

  61. mds51 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Butterscotch, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, subtle smoke, prune, apricot, quince
    • Taste
      creamy, vanilla, some spice, in the background oak, some smoke, butter, biscuit dough, salt
    • Finish
      rather short finish, which consists of the spice, some sweetness and some bitterness of the oak.

  62. janos63 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  63. karloff scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    A lovely smooth and delicate malt, I highly recommend this one, nothing flash about it but hits the spot every time.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      71 71

  64. karloff scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    This was a gift from a friend who went to japan. Very nice and smooth malt.
    • Nose
      A lot of dried fruit in there, figs, dates, on a back drop of old Oak. Plum tomatoes and red roses linger in the back ground.
    • Taste
      The taste is really smooth, so smooth you could almost neck the bottle, really fruity, plumbs and red cherries come to mind.
    • Finish
      A medium dry fruity finish that has a bit of nuttiness on the death.

  65. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A beautifully composed, young Pure Malt. Very tasty, but not simple.
    • Nose
      Spicy, fruity, pear, caramel but also mineral. Pretty good.
    • Taste
      In the mouth then strong, some wood, a lot of spice, fruit.
    • Finish
      Herb, oak, only subtle fruit notes, but slight Sherry notes, nuts and some tobacco.

  66. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    compared with Taketsuru 12-year-old (2012) & Nikka Miyagikyo 10-year-old

    sample from Whiskybase
    • Nose
      spices, fruity, vanilla, honey, milk pastry, caramel and nuts
    • Taste
      malty, vanilla, spices - nutmeg, coffee and woody - resin
    • Finish
      vanilla, fruity and citrus

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