Takesturu “On the road” Set

Taketsuru “On the Road” Case

A battered trunk and some old hand-written notebooks exhibited at the Yoichi distillery bear witness to the long, winding road that Masataka Taketsuru, founder of Nikka Whisky, followed through Scotland almost 100 years ago.
They are the inspiration for this modern-day case, which brings together two reproductions of Masataka Taketsuru’s notebooks (in Japanese) and five precious whiskies bearing his name:
-Taketsuru Pure Malt
-Taketsuru 12 years (no-longer produced)
-Taketsuru 17 years
-Taketsuru 21 years
-Taketsuru 25 years.

Technical information:
Alc. — Taketsuru Pure Malt, 17 years, 21 years & 25 years : 43%
Alc. — Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 years: 40%
Vol. — 70cl x6
Category — Blended Malt Whisky
Distilleries — Miyagikyo & Yoichi

Taketsuru Pure Malt

COLOUR

gold with pinkish hue

NOSE

Engaging. Fresh and fruity. Freshly pressed fruit juice comes to mind, a cornucopia  of white fruit, peach notes and juicy grapes. It progressively opens up on fine amandine pastry notes, frangipane and biscuits. Italian all the way, like a panetone with raisins. The malted barley grows more present and plays off of the citrus aromas (clementine). A touch of oak and rustic notes (verbena, camomille) bring it all together.

PALATE

coffee, licorice, toasted oak, coffee grounds, a cigar slowly burning out ! Its surprising range is expressive to say the least, bordering on excessive. Vigorous, assertive and uncompromising. The peat is elusive and finds ways to assert itself without so much as a whisper.

FINISH

Licorice candy all the way. A refined bitterness quickly gives way to more integrated, medicinal aromas: camphor, eucalyptus. The finish eventually fades out on malted barley notes.

Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 Years

COLOUR

amber with a bronze hue

NOSE

very sweet, almost pastry-like, the malt is accompanied by an aroma of caramelised apple and peach

PALATE

as sweet as the aroma, it shows apple and pear notes, bringing to mind an apple crumble and butterscotch

FINISH

green apples, developing at length, further underlining the strong fruitiness of this pure malt

Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years

COLOUR

burnished gold with a copper hue

NOSE

spicy and delicate, it also reveals fruity (yellow plum, peach) and chocolate notes. It develops into old leather, dried tobacco leaf, and dried fruit (apricot, fig).

PALATE

rich and generous, it is reminiscent of candied fruit (orange) and Morello cherry, and is highly unctuous. Creamy, it develops into toffee, mocha, and hazelnut

FINISH

long with praline notes, charred wood and cigar-smoke, worthy of an old Speyside whisky. Aniseed and citrus provide this whisky with freshness and elegance. Dried herb notes are also present

Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Years

COLOUR

copper with gold hue

NOSE

refined and complex. Floral (lilac), fruity (apricot). Spice notes (clove) with some leather appearing.

PALATE

powerful, firm. Spicy (pepper). Oak aromas evolving on ripe fruits (peach), caramelized apple and flowers (honeysuckle)

FINISH

long. Coastal aromas. Ripe fruits (prune, peach) on a background of oak-infused vanilla notes.

Recommended Serves

Straight, on the rocks, or highball/mizuwari (for Pure Malt and 12 years old)

Food Pairings

The sherry heavy profiles of the Taketsuru range call for dried fruit, almonds, or cured meats.

World Whiskies Awards

Taketsuru Pure Malt
Best Japanese Blended Malt (2016)
Best Japanese Blended Malt No Age Statement (2015, 2014)
Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 years
Best Japanese Blended Malt 12 years and under (2013)
Best Non-Scoth Blended Malt 12 years and under (2012, 2010)
Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 years
World’s Best Blended Malt (2015, 2014, 2012)
Best Japanese Blended Malt 13 to 20 years (2013)
Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 years
World’s Best Blended Malt (2011, 2010, 2009, 2007)
Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt (2008)
Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt 21 years and over (2015, 2014, 2012)

International Spirits Challenge

Taketsuru Pure Malt
Gold Medal (2016, 2014)
Silver Medal (2015)
Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 years
Gold Medal (2008)
Silver Medal (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009)
Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 years
Gold Medal (2008)
Silver Medal (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007)
Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 years
Trophy (2009)
Gold Medal (2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008)
Silver Medal (2013, 2011, 2007)
Taketsuru Pure Malt 25 years
Gold Medal (2015)
Silver Medal (2014, 2013)

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