Named after the 'father of Japanese whisky', "Masataka Taketsuru", the Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt is a non-age statement blended malt, bottled at 43% ABV.
The whisky is a blend from Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries (apparently, but not confirmed, as being in the 10-12-year-old range), with some (and given the tasting notes that follow, maybe quite a large proportion) of those whiskies being finished in sherry casks.
On the Nose
The nose has the usual suspects for a sherried whisky. Orange marmalade is distinct, with some notes of fresh apple, raisins and an oak char.
On the palate
Livelier than expected, with intense peppery notes giving way to coffee bitterness. Some light tobacco smoke undertones, with sweetness from the sherried fruit.
A really solid blended whisky. Whilst it was enjoyable, I have to say I preferred the Nikka Coffee Grain which I've tried previously.
This seemed a little 'safe' to me, there was nothing that really jumped out at me as being different to a 'normal' sherried Scotch, and maybe this is just my perception, but I often look for something more from a Japanese whisky, which maybe set this up for a fall in my head.
That being said, still a tasty whisky and one I wouldn't turn down in the future.
Would I buy again?
I might, but there are a good few I'd rather try first before buying a full bottle of this Nikka blend.
Want to try it for yourself?
Why not try Nikka Pure Malt for yourself? You can pick up a bottle online at any of the following retailers: