Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Yr
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This Pure Malt (also known as Vatted Malt or blended malt) is whisky distilled at two different malt whisky distilleries, Miyagikyo and Yoichi. Unlike in Scotland, the Japanese do not trade whiskies with other companies; they produce their own varied whiskies and blend to their specifications. With varying elements of whisky production from different peat levels, different yeasts, variations on fermentation and distillation, types of casks used and length of time aged, one might say they have a plethora of possibilities.
Nose: Plenty of oak influence with notes of prunes and soy sauce. Cocoa, espresso beans, almost a touch of anise.
Palate: Spices, black pepper, loads of tangy sherry, hints of turmeric and other spices. Then ground ginger, mixed peels, hints of marmalade.
Finish: Long, good oaky grip with a perfect balance of spice.