Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 竹鶴 700ml

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  • Overview
  • Taketsuru's no-age-statement blended malt contains a high percentage of malt from Miyagikyo, with the reminder coming from Yoichi. Aged on average for around 10 years in a variety of different cask types, including some sherry wood for extra richness.
Brand Nikka
Region Japan
Spirits Type Japanese Whisky
Spirits Style Blended
ABV 43%

Product details

Nose: Clean and bright, with red fruit bursting out of the glass and glazed fruit-tart sweetness.

Palate: Soft and fruity with spicy clove appearing along with a cherry-menthol note.

Finish: The rich fruit lingers.

The founder of Nikka and the father of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru came from a long line of sake brewers dating back to 1733. Destined to continue the legacy of making spirits, he trained as a chemist and was quickly recruited by the liquor company Settsu Shuzo. With a plan to make Japanese whisky, Settsu Shuzo sent Taketsuru to Scotland in 1918. He enrolled at the University of Glasgow, and became the first Japanese to study the art of making whisky. He took chemistry courses at the university and apprenticed at distilleries, learning first-hand from craftsmen and training as a blender. During his apprenticeship, Taketsuru met Jessie Roberta Cowan, a Scotswoman, with whom he fell madly in love. They married a year later. Jessie changed her name to Rita, and moved with Taketsuru back to Japan, to become his eternal muse and support throughout his career.