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Nikka Pure Malt

43% ABV
Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky is the perfect marriage of Yoichi & Miyagikyo. Its gentle malt flavor, fruitiness and extremely well-balanced taste make it a perfect entry point into the world of Nikka. Sherry butts, bourbon barrels, new American oak and re-charred casks were chosen for this expression.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Blended Whisky, Bourbon Cask Finish, Japanese Whisky, Sherry Cask Finish, Whisky
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: red fruit, clover honey, hay, peaches, white chocolate
  • Taste: light body, slightly oily, caramel and floral, slightly beachy and smoky
  • Finish: the white pepper lays on the sides of the tongue, the slight medicinal note lingers
  • Comments: lots of flavor layers because it’s a malted blend. The Yoichi side of the blend brings the beachy flavor (it sits on the water), while the Miyagikyo brings that Highland-like delicate flavor (as it’s up in the foothills of Japan). I like this one the best of the 3 Nikkas presented