Pungent and oily nose with lots of toasty, sweet oak. Some malty notes begin to appear and the oak takes on a sawdusty, mature demeanour. With time some spices amble through. The palate is gentle and soft with citrus, mature honey and gentle smoke and spices. It takes it’s time to unfold. Medium length with quite a hot but spicy finish. Blackcurrant Ribena, tingling and fragrant nose. A surprise on the palate, full, peaty, and spicy. A long and peaty finish. A savoury whisky to accompany smoked cheese or pickled fish.
Nikka has every reason to be proud of the Taketsuru 17 year old; at the World Whiskies Awards it has taken home the award for the ‘Best Blended Malt Whisky’ quite a few times.