Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 17
Added on Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 02:33 PM
  Bottler: Nikka
  Age: 17 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Vatted Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region:
  Price: $155 Availability: Overseas Specialty
voted "World's Best Pure Malt Whisky" @ 2012 World Whiskies Award.
A blend using malt whiskies matured in ex-bourbon and sherry casks for at least 17 years from both the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries.
Member Ratings and Notes

n:  Dull, sort of Knappogueish light peach thing.


p:  Light and indistinct.  Too watered down really.  Faint fruits that, while good, is a bit weak.  B-/C+


N: A slightly lemony note; light spice, wood and malt.


P: Rich and coating, with some pepper and wood present but not overbearing. Raisins, a bit of plum, some cinnamon and some cake-like notes and malt.


F: Nice spice and fruit on the finish - makes me think of autumn. Moderate length; dries somewhat to become slightly bitter.


Solid, middle-of-the-road, enjoyable. I'd pour a glass of this for sure.  


n: leather and red berries (more sherry cask influence). Floral with nice element of peat smoke and cinnamon.

t: malty medium body with nice vanilla oak. Dired ginger and a hint of sea salt. The red fruits appear in the middle with some spice. Satisfying floral finish with smoke to create a nice balance of elements.

Olive oil, stale white wine, sharp citrus zest from lemon peel. There's a hint of lingering smoke. Light peat initially followed by sweet wine, toasted baguette and dark preserved fruit.  Finish drops leaving astringent graphite.  

Overall this is fine but there are mineral and graphite notes that I don't particularly enjoy.  I actually prefer the Nikka 12 over this. 
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