I like whiskies from all around the world and Japanese whisky is no exception. The Taketsuru Pure Malt 12yo caught my eye recently and I thought I would give it a run around the block. This is technically a blended whisky with both the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries having input into this drop. Don’t let the term blended turn you off though, this is worth a try if even if it isn’t too exciting (and unless it is labeled as single barrel just about all whiskies are blended from multiple years).
- Distillery: Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries
- Expression: Taketsuru Pure Malt
- Age: 12yo
- Strength: 40%
- Country: Japan
- Website: http://www.nikka.com/eng/
- Source: personal purchase
Strong, rich, dark colour that hints at the rich fruits about to come.
Rich, sweet, dark fruity nose. Makes me think of strong Christmas puddings. Brown sugars, caramels, a little peat though would not call it peaty. Easy to get your nose in to without too much burn.
Not as smooth as I would have thought, but not harsh either. The sugars and pudding are here again though not as much impact as the nose suggests.
Not a particularly long finish, bit of tongue tingle off the back. A touch spicy. Leaves a sweetness behind but not a lot to explore
I do like Japaense whiskies but I’d say I only just mind this one. Definitely wouldn’t turn it away, it is a nice drop, but I like whiskies that I can explore and I’m encouraged to take my time with – not here.
If you are familiar with Japanese whiskies by all means give the Taketsuru Pure Malt 12yo a whirl but don’t expect to be wowed by it, your mileage may vary of course. If you haven’t had a Japanese whisky I’d suggest you start your journey elsewhere.