Taketsuru 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Malt
Stated Age
17 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
"17" at the left side of the label 竹鶴
Added on
12 Jan 2014 7:39 pm by wbarchive_350097

Average value

€ 548.32

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276 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Taketsuru 17-year-old

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.45 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    nice sweet, sherry-heavy blend, certainly a top whiskey at Japanese prices, unfortunately not quite as attractive with the local exotic fare
    • Nose
      fresh-sweet citrus and orange notes, then more sherry sweetness, raisins, some leather
    • Taste
      sweeter and heavier than the smell, honey, caramel, chocolate, orange peel, some spiciness, slight heat ... after several sips of more wood and tobacco
    • Finish
      medium long, dark chocolate, leathery earthy

  2. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    (¥1500 / 45ml@Dublin): Pretty deep golden amber color. Nose is oaky, with butter, orange, quite woody, some sherry notes. Flavor is oaky, peppery, hot, some butter, honey, leather, tobacco. Woody, peppery finish, some fruits. The nose softens with a bit of water, and honey and fruit come out more, the palate also becomes sweeter. Very nice but expensive.

  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    First Japanese whisky and tasted at a local festival. Nice impression.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Molt is not bad, but from the Japanese you already expect something more, they have a lot of interesting things less than age and even in the category of blends, but here everything is too simple for 17 years and there is not any zest, Japanese style.
    • Nose
      Calm, moist, moist wood, stain, light fruit and floral notes, candy, citrus tones - orange, tangerine, candied kumquat, boiled sugar, sherbet.
    • Taste
      Soft, woody with light bitterness, mint, eucalyptus, ginger, slightly astringent, simple enough, with time the oak with lacquer notes begins to predominate.
    • Finish
      Mint-ginger, warming, further on the scene come out light spicy-woody tones, a bit of grassy bitterness.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant blend from Japan, but not a price / value champion!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Complex. Strawberry, apricot, citruses, vanilla, oak, tobacco and wasabi.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Bittersweet. Wine, waxy fruits, tannic oak, nutmeg and wood smoke.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, creamy, smoky, dry.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Voted Worlds Best Blended malt in 2015.

    N: Its not exactly flat but it is soft with a metallicy/modern blend-style tangyness and less complexity than ,… but hold on – this is starting to open up nicely. Fruity-oaky-sooty, dry balsa wood>some gunpowder>flint, strawberry-oak-smoke [at a totally inoffensive & yet also beautiful level], really dry vanilla-clotted cream, dry butter=cream,…. An excellent start.
    T: Soft-sharp-winey blend with an acute intensity. Notes of waxy-dry-putty fruits [this, the talking point], dry waxy-squidgy vanilla>fruits [satsuma>dry strawberry lollies], elongated travel, caramac-wax – all contributing to some desirable chew.
    F: Lots of tongue-smacking. Dusty fungal, deep smoke whiffs buried deep within the oaky dry vanilla with a neutral succulent-dry/light charring.
    C: Whilst the 12yo is ‘ready’ but only just, this 17yo is ‘more than ready’ – on another level with an old skool style to boot, the oak doing much of the talking. A really good blend that holds up over time, and yet like the 12yo blend at £95, i begin to think what else is available at £200 over this.Scores a B[+]

  7. fileosoph scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Definitely better than the 12er, but I do not understand the hype ...
    • Nose
      Plums, leather, tobacco, honey, overripe bananas, vanilla, sweetness, dried fruits
    • Taste
      Apricot, exotic fruits, hazelnut, noticeable oak, dried fruit, leather, honey, toffee, some smoke & pepper, sherry influence noticeable
    • Finish
      Medium to long, dry earthy, dust and oak remain with hints of fruit

  9. Dionysus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77


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