Excerpt: Overall, Taketsuru does a great job of delivering an easy sipper. That said, it’s a bit too simple, it’s thin, hotter than I’d like, and doesn’t deliver like a premium whiskey of this nature is supposed to embody.
Excerpt: The NAS version of Taketsuru Pure Malt lacks some of the balance and complexity of the 12-year-old Pure Malt; particularly its subtle smokiness. Still, if this is the price the drinking public must pay to see more of this Japanese whisky on the shelves, we’re not giving up much.
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Another brand from the Nikka umbrella, Taketsuru is a Japanese Pure Malt whiskey - a noticeable departure from some of their other Single Malt releases.
Sweet and light on the nose featuring honey cobbler a light bit of pepper and some clove overall light on ethanol light on body and sweet and fruity
Thin on the palate, a touch sweet once more, packed with pears, apples and plums. Light, perfume-y and aromatic. Doesn’t have a lot of body, it’s pretty one dimensional.
Short finish, a touch hot with a bit of ethanol - more than it should have for the proof. Heavy on the apple, grain and pears once more, it’s one dimensional. There’s nothing wrong with a more straightforward pour, but the finish here leaves a bit to be desired.
Overall, Taketsuru does a great job of delivering an easy sipper. That said, it’s a bit too simple, it’s thin, hotter than I’d like, and doesn’t deliver like a premium whiskey of this nature is supposed to embody.
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