Nikka (Blended)

Posted 27 September 2017

The ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ Masataka Taketsuru died in 1979 having changed the industry indelibly. One of the very last expressions he personally worked on was the Tsuru 17 year old blend. Whilst you might think that the bottle name derives from Masataka’s name, it actually has its own meaning, that of ‘Crane’ in Japanese.


Posted 21 February 2018

Nikka’s Taketsuru lineup of whiskies are described as ‘pure malts’ – a descriptor which is entirely accurate, as these whiskies are blended, but only composed of single malts – pure in a sense. In the UK we’d call this a blended malt, and many of you might be old enough to remember when the term ‘vatted’ was used for such bottlings. As a pure malt, Taketsuru bottlings have only two constituents liquids: Miyagiyko and Yoichi. There are three expressions in the series – Takesuru NAS, a 17 year old and a 21 year old. Mercifully when Nikka culled many of their age-statement whiskies, the Taketsuru series was spared – but allocations of the age-stated bottles are still very small, whilst the company looks to replenish its stocks.


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