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Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

(70cl, 43.0%)
Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

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What's in a name? Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Japan. Were it from America it would be spelled Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.

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Taketsuru 21 Bottling Note

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.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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    User Reviews of the Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

    utter perfection

    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

    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 &#8211; 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

    Craftmansship at it's best

    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

    Damn!

    ^^Hey you, above me, I'd love to be your whisky.^^

    13th December 2013

    It's no longer raining...

    ...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

    Damn vigilantes!!!

    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

    I've got over 30 bottles of whiskey but...

    ... 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.

    1st December 2013

    I've got over 30 bottles of whiskey but...

    ... 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.

    1st December 2013

    Perfect

    Smooth, complex, a joy to sip.

    18th July 2013

    I know that taste...

    If you like this one, maybe you should buy Red Breast 12 instead. Same value for less than half the price.

    25th April 2013

    Absolutely agree

    Excellent whiskey. I definitely recommend to buy.

    10th April 2013

    Hot cherry blossoms

    Nose: Cheeky on the nose. Really smells (of soy sauce). Oaky doaky. Taste: remorseful and firm. Concluding : a gentle walk with a mugging at the end.

    2nd February 2013

    close to perfection

    If you like smooth, complex and subtle then this is perfection. There is a flavor component to this that appears after about 1.8 seconds and surprises you! Could be a tad more warm/powerful. I don't taste any smoke at all (a good thing). You need to taste this. /Joakim

    3rd December 2012

    Just gorgeous

    One of my favourites, if not THE favourite. Rich and, yes, almost chocolatey. Superb.

    25th August 2011

    Utterly delicious

    Balance, depth, subtlety, strength, a bit of sherry (well, more than a bit - but certainly not too much), honey, spice and a wisp of smoke too. Wow. Complex and compelling. I love the Taketsuru 17 - but this is even better.

    5th April 2011

    Divine.

    Just two words: liquid gold...

    26th December 2010

    The brandy snapps of all whiskies

    It's indeed a very special whisky, with scent of brandy snapps sweetness on the nose and light sweet smokiness to the palate, guaranteed to sale down your throat.

    16th December 2010

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