Nikka 12 Year Old Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1116989 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bright gold in color and fresh, this single malt from Nikka offers a pitch-perfect balance of fruit, oak and smoke. On the palate, this translates to fresh apple and subtle vanilla flavors that taper smoothly.  (2/2013)

K&L Notes

So you've heard that Japanese whisky is quite popular these days. You're right; it is. But while the mainstream choice is always going to be Suntory, it's Nikka that is quietly bringing the goods to your local boutique retailer. Founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1936, the Nikka whisky company is one of Japan's best kept secrets (at least with other Americans). Taketsuru studied whisky production in Scotland during the 1910s and brought that knowledge back to Nippon to make Scottish style whisky at home. Nikka 12 Year Old Taketsuru is a marriage of single malts from both the Yoichi distillery on Hokkaido, and the Miyagikyo distillery near Sendai. Using a formula of different flavors--sherry, malty, vanillic--made from whiskies aged in different types of casks, the aromas are heady and full of oily grains. The palate is soft, supple, and full of fruit with a shift towards sherry and vanilla at the back. Bring this to a party and you'll be the star. Most people have never had it, so pour it blind and watch them say Macallan.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2015 | Send Email
Soon to be a thing of this past due to supply issues, the Nikka 12 year old Pure Malt will become simply the "Nikka Pure Malt" with no age statement. That means snap up what you can get while you can get it. This is simply one of the best deals in whisky. There's a rich, and layered core of toffee, but it's nowhere near as sweet as Glendronach or Balvenie with the sherry. It's more like Macallan 12 meets the soft fruited Glenmorangie, but with more elegance. A great bottle of hooch.

Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2013 | Send Email
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A respected brand and great distillery in Japan, Nikka has just recently hit the west coast market. Their whiskies tend be darker and richer than those of suntory, but no less serious. The Taketsuru is a blend of grains based on old recipes, much more dark and lush than Suntory's Hibiki, with great spice and intense body.
Drink from 2013 to 3013

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