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Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40.0%)
Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

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Whisky or Whiskey

What's in a name? Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Japan. Were it from America it would be spelled Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.

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Taketsuru 12 Bottling Note

The 12 year old variant of Nikka's incredible range of blended malts, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. Very good indeed.
Taketsuru 12 (3cl Sample)
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Floral and balanced, with notes of plum jam, cut herbs, rhubarb pie, vanilla ice cream and cold coffee.

Palate: Sweet and oily, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, buttery toffee, almond, salty butter, custard.

Finish: Good length, creamy, notes of digestive biscuit and rhubarb crumble.

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User Reviews of the Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old


Domo Arigato, Taketsuru san. Domo.

23rd August 2014


Received a bottle of the 12 as a gift and loved it. It may be from Japan but it's on par with any decent Scotch that I've savored.

2nd August 2014

Gift from Sensai

I have been a pupil of my sensai for over 10 years. We have become friends and I being in seafood business have shared some of my products with him. In his gracious way he gave me a bottle Of 12! What an honor , but besides that the whiskey is outstanding! I am an Irish whiskey fan , but this goes with the Middetons AND Bushmills for smoothness and drinkability. I get vanilla/caramel in nose terrific smokey smooth finish. Nice work>>>>>>

3rd July 2014

My first Japanese Whiskey

A gift from my wife, who has now warmed to my love for fine whiskey. I was unprepared for how delightful this would be. Elegant. Gentle. Lovely nose. Nicely balanced in flavors. As fine a dram as any Scotch Whisky I have tried and better than many. Drink this one neat - ice or water would not improve it!

16th February 2014

Very Nice Whisky

One of the best I ever tasted. Nice X-mas present !

28th December 2013

A long awaited Xmas Gift

Bought this for my son for Xmas. He's always wanted a Japanese whisky, I hope he likes it

23rd December 2013

again distinct Japanese nose

Seriously when I first popped this open I couldn't stop sniffing it. A very deep and enticing aroma My first sip, and in an instant my tongue was smiling Layers of flavours swirled all over it Every Japanese whiskey I have tasted cements my love of their skill A on comments by the master of malt chaps

11th December 2013

Really good whiskey

I love it. A huge fan of Japanese whiskeys in general.. this is right up my alley. Is it better than Hibiki and Yamazaki 12yo ? Probably not. But lovely all the same. Jason Breen

1st November 2013

Good stuff.

Smooth, rich, fruits, caramel toffee. I can't detect any smoke but that's just fine with me. Just a really good tasting whisky.

15th September 2013


Rating for previous review

19th May 2013


The local store had a tasting today of this and other whiskey. I enjoyed it so much that I purchased a bottle on the spot. Who knew that the Japanese could do such a great whiskey. Oh, and never mix it with anything(save a cube or two).

19th May 2013

Nothing of astonishing...

Really nothing of special... is a discrete vatted whisky suitable especially for the mixing (with the soda works well). Enough not recommended... The Nikka "from the barrel" is less expensive and more delicious at least of one point.

17th April 2013

Taketsuru 12

Your tasting notes are spot on; although, I feel that apple fruit and cinnamon are prevalent in the nose and on the palate. The finish with its malt/digestive note rounds the taste making it a spicy apple pie. A pleasure from start to finish. The Japanese have made a superb whisky here. highly recommended. Leigh H

27th February 2013

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