700ML / 43% ABV.
A balanced yet complex blended malt from Nikka that is named after Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky. It contains whiskies from both of Nikka's distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo.
Nose: Engaging. Fresh and fruity. Freshly pressed fruit juice comes to mind, a cornucopia of white fruit, peach notes and juicy grapes. It progressively opens up on fine almond pastry notes, frangipane and biscuits. Italian all the way, like a panettone with raisins. The malted barley grows more present and plays off the citrus aromas (clementine). A touch of oak and rustic notes (verbena, chamomile) bring it all together.
Palate: Coffee, liquorice, roasted oak, coffee grounds, a cigar slowly burning out. Its surprising range is expressive to say the least. Vigorous, assertive and uncompromising. The peat is elusive and finds ways to assert itself without so much as a whisper.
Finish: Liquorice candy all the way. A refined bitterness quickly gives way to more integrated, medicinal aromas: camphor, eucalyptus. The finish eventually fades out on malted barley notes.
World Whiskies Awards Winner 2016
Best Japanese Blended Malt Whisky