Nikka 12 Pure Malt
Added on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 11:10 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: N/A
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Wood, malt, butterscotch.
P: Malt balls and light smoke.
F: Tangy.
Crisp and clean but too thin... 
White wine and solvent in the nose -- notably with bright, tangy fruit, like hard candies.  Lightly floral.  Palate is light-medium bodied, honey, with spice.  Fruity-bubblegum-y notes in the periphery.  Finish is lingering.  I like this, it's crisp but dimensional and has some moderate chewy-ness.  Or is it chewiness?  Both sound like they have to do with a wookie. 
Warm butter and toasted malt. Freshly cut yellow grass and ti kuan yin tea leaves.  Fairly woody on the palate with Citrus and pineapple.  Washington apples and Bosc pears mid palate. Medium length finish of honey and sugar cane. 

n: coconut, strawberry fruit roll-up, dried pears with a whiff of burnt paper. Cinnamon on buttered wheat toast and toffee.


t: warm butterscotch, oak char, and a nice earthy smoke. Body is soft and creamy with a hint of black mushroom and oak. Fades to vanilla and leather midway. Dry sandalwood and ash in the short finish.


I wish this was bottled at a higher ABV to bring out more depth and intensity to the flavour.  [B-/B  Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 Year Old]


compared side-by-side:

12 year: richer buttery note , vanilla, and more wood influence.

NAS: green vegetal, lemon, and more alcohol bite.  

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