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Taketsuru 17-year-old

Overall rating
86.24/100
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185
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Malt
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
17 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
"17" at the left side of the label 竹鶴
Barcode
4904230104575
Added on
12 Jan 2014 7:10 pm by very_bad_day

Average value

€ 294,77

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Whisky Reviews for Taketsuru 17-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.24 points

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  3. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

    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[+]

  4. fileosoph scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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

  6. Dionysus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  7. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Scott-Scotch scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Pleasant and soothing. Dusting floral, citrus essence, a little farmy
    and wood log. Vanilla and peaches. Some spices at the feint.

    P- Fruity, fresh orange, candy floss, marsala tea. Firm, balance with good depth. Trademark of stability on palate.

    F- Medium-long, nutmeg oilment, juicy, sour milk. I am not a fan of Taketsuru actually, but this one is quite nice.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. bob92 scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    Not a bad 17yo (I like it more than 18yo ex-bourbon Speysides such as Glenlivet), but not remarkable enough for the price.  Definite fennel/licorice component on the nose and the palate; unusually but not unpleasant.  I would rather drink the Nikka Coffey Grain at a fraction of the price, or a Hibiki 17+ for the same money or less.

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