Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt
Peated Blended Malt
Nikka // Japan
Taketsuru Pure Malt, released in the summer of 2015 without an age statement, is set to replace the now extinct aged Taketsuru expressions. It is a blend of malts averaging 10 years of age, with a high percentage of Miyagikyo malt, with some Yoichi added in. The whiskies were aged in different cask types, including ex-sherry barrels.
Peated Blended Malt100% malted barley from more than one distillery. Dried with peat.
"If you're looking for the richness and earthy notes of the more mature Taketsurus, sadly, it's not there. However, what is there is still quite juicy, creamy and round. The nose is honeyed with added aromas of dried fruits. On the palate, more roasted nuts and citrus peel enter the scene and stick around for a long finish. No, it's not the same, and it's definitely not better, but it's still rather delicious."