Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
The Port Wood Finish Taketsuru 21 will be exclusively available in Japan (but keep reading if you live in Europe!). It will be limited to 1,000 bottles – bottled at 46%abv – and will set you back about 20,000 yen. This edition goes on sale on April 30th. The Madeira Wood Finish Taketsuru 21 is an exclusive release for the European market, and that’s even more limited (500 bottles only). Suggested retail price is 280 euros. It’s probably best to keep an eye on La Maison du Whisky’s online shop the first days of July, because the plan is to start selling this on Nikka’s anniversary day.
These wood finishes come as a bit of a surprise in light of what chief blender Tadashi Sakuma said in this recent interview when asked about his thoughts on wood finishes: “[it] is something like decoration or makeup.” The unanimously positive response to the limited Sherry Wood Finish ‘Taketsuru NAS’ they released last year probably prompted Nikka to explore a few more types of secondary maturation. As Sakuma-san says, “from the aspect of sales and marketing, launching a ‘wood finish’ as a limited edition [is] effective to stimulate the market. Whisky professionals, both on-premise and off-premise, are always looking for something new and good stories to tell.”