Lacquered Mixtape

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 17y

Reviewed by victor


From a sample in a long-running swap with a friend. It's one of his favorites, and I've yet to try this whisky (or perhaps investment piece, given the price curve). It's a blended malt from Yoichi and Miyagikyo, named after Nikkas's founder Masataka Taketsuru.

1.4 (Tawny)

Nose

Wood with a fresh coat of lacquer. Fruity, but neither crisp and youthful nor dried and deep fruits. Tropical, perhaps! Bits of vanilla and malt. I like the nose very much, it has a little of everything and packs quite a bit of richness.

Palate

Malty, waxy and fragrant with clear perfume-y hints arriving at the roof of the mouth. Not very intense. Herbal and a very small piece of fresh fruit.

Finish

Suddenly - rich sherried/winey flavors and a little bitterness in a short-to-medium length finish. Nothing to write home about.

Great nose and an overall tasty whisky, although nothing remarkably super special about it. There are lots of equally tasty, mellow and balanced malt whiskies for a quarter or less of the price, and for me the choice would be very easy! This has won awards for "the world's best blended malt", but one should keep in mind that a blended malt is nothing magical or inherently different from a single malt whisky, it's just that the casks come from different distilleries. I don't think this one deserves much special treatment, but scoring is always separate from pricing. This is after all good, no question about it.

Score

80 / 100
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