Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Nikka Taketsuru 35-year-old

Review by Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic:

Nikka Taketsuru 35-year-old 43 percent abv
Nose: Elegant yet very expressive. Plush and exotic. Ripe stone fruits, red berries, cinnamon, licorice, sweet orange, old leather chairs, ginger, tinned mango, cantaloupe (a first for me in a whisky), old cognac, faint hint of tar. I really don't find any woodyness on the nose.
Palate: Sweet red grape/berries, vanilla, pipe tobacco, canteloupe, strawberry, creme caramel, glazed orange slices, old cognac and a little salt. Thirty-five years in oak barrels starts to make an impact, adding a drying element but it certainly isn't much of a bother.
Finish: Not long but a lovely balance between fruit, wood, spice, leather and pipe tobacco. This is very different to the 3 others in the Taketsuru range. Some truelly exotic elements add to a wonderful whisky experience. Worth it just for the exquisite nose. Tasting was done from a single dram which I don't normally post, but I was able to spend around half an hour of quiet time with the bottle.

1 comment:

Stefan said...

Very intriguing. I may be tempted to head to Nikka's Blender's Bar in Aoyama - a place I usually avoid because I find the atmosphere there horrible but the liquid is probably worth the pain. As far as buying one is concerned, that might be tricky. There's not even a single bottle on Yahoo auction. As you know, only 1000 bottles were released - priced at about 70,000 yen - and it sold out almost instantly. Should have bought one... for retirement, as you wrote.