Taketsuru 21 was crowned World's Best Blended Malt Whisky at the 2010 World Whiskies Awards. It really is a fabulous whisky, and for those of you who enjoyed the brilliant 17 year old this offers just a bit more richness, a little hint more chocolate and coffee.
Nose: Plenty of oak influence with notes of prunes and soy sauce. Cocoa, espresso beans, almost a touch of anise.
Palate: Spices, black pepper, loads of tangy sherry, hints of turmeric and other spices. Then ground ginger, mixed peels, hints of marmalade.
Finish: Long, good oaky grip with a perfect balance of spice.
It's no longer raining...
This truly is the level Japan is at now..
The nose says Japan in a glass..
I could harp on all day about this..
Not got a problem with the price..
Just a wonderful dram....
Steve Mcgiff, st.Ives Cornwall...
28th May 2014
So good I think it's the best of the month
Craftmansship at it's best
This is truly an amazing taste, so much so that they won best whisky review of the month (<a href="http://www.whiskeyreviews.org/best-whiskey-of-the-month-april-2014/" rel="nofollow">Best whiskey of the month – April 2014</a>) on my site and in my opinion is one of the best in the world!
Try it - you will not be disappointed!
11th April 2014
I ordered this bottle after I had a dram of the 17yo and was just expecting more.... which is what I got, except for peat, which is very pleasent. When you had the 17yo and then go over to the 21 it is blowing your feet. The 17yo is exceptional, the 21yo is outstanding. It is so smooth, fruity with oak and a hint of peat.
This one is the best bottle I have ever had!
8th February 2014
^^Hey you, above me, I'd love to be your whisky.^^
13th December 2013
...and without further adieu, the rating....now back off to bed.
10th December 2013
It's raining now...
It's raining now, there's soft sounds of droplets tapping on the windows throughout the home. Other than the light coming from the ligthening strikes that seem to get closer, it's the only source of light entering the home from the outside. Inside, only a single candle is lit. I walk by an old and well worn leather arm chair and A small creek is made by the oak end table door as it is opened. I pull the bottle and a singular glass that stood near it. I sit, and lay the glass atop the end table an pour into it my companion for this late evening/ early morning. As she's introduced to the nights light show, she airs her sweet aroma, her passion. I make her wait, as I bite into finely rolled Cuban and set it afire. A couple of puffs and then she waits no more. The glass touches lip and tongue and this fine companion meets it's mentor. I say when she goes down, and for how long. A subtle burn, and sweetness is met with anticipation. Another sip and she rolls around the tongue, like a mistress who knows she's only here for one thing and one thing only. Smokey and earthy, it seems my companion is a perfect match for tonight's engagement. Four pours later, the Cuban is gone, the nights storm passes, and the cork is pressed back into its home. I sit and watch the clouds outside roll through and leave with the nights wind. The candle is put to rest by moistened fingers, and the mind rolls this body into its bed. A fine end to this good night, a good night indeed.
10th December 2013
A lovely hint of samurai sword thru your gizzard. After about a quarter of the bottle it will have you squinting like the little bastards that made it! I'm quite fond of this liquid lacquer, it'll get you from point A to point..well, where you'll want to knock up the old lady again! Let's not get too technical here, all in good fun. It's a good bottle, but it's somewhat over priced. Now off to see the samurai samich maker...I'm hungry.
10th December 2013
... this is the one i keep for special occasions. I'm not a connoisseur by any stretch, but even serving this to unsuspecting guests with a single piece of ice, it always brings a wide smile. They actually recognise that this is something quite special. To me, it's smooth, coats your tongue beautifully, and then releases a very gradual warmth, which tastes slightly peaty and a nice balance of citrussy and caramelly flavours. I can't go more specific than that, but hopefully, you've already made up your mind by now.