Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nikka Taketsuru 12yo Pure Malt 40%

Pure malt whisky or vatted malt is a blend of malt whiskies from different distilleries. In the case of the Taketsuru 12-year old pure malt, it's a blend of barley malt from both the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. The term "Pure Malt"means that the bottle contains no grain whisky.  

Nose: Ice cream cones, flat cola, crème caramel, stewed apples, hints of cloves, wooden boxes, barley sugar, hints of nutmeg, florally.

Taste: Initially sweet - purified apples, going into minor spice notes - nutmeg and peppery kicks. No complexities but never the less an enjoyable malt.

Finish: Medium-border line short.  

Balance: As enjoyable as this malt is, the taste did not live-up to the nose (in my opinion). Have I missed something here?

Comments: Generally don't add water to my tastings unless it's a cask strength, on this occasion added about 5~6 drops. Possibly drowned it, surely not? Besides the medium-border line short finish, I found myself having 3 drams of this in the same evening. That itself says something. 30 minutes later the empty tasting glass had some very powerful floral aromas with ash. Lovely!

Reviewed by Clint A

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