Satisfy your discerning palate with the exquisite richness of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky. This carefully crafted spirit emanates a deep, luscious character that captivates the senses. Each drop unveils layers of complexity, combining the smoothness of oak, the warmth of caramel, and the indulgence of dried fruits. Whether enjoyed neat or in your favourite whisky cocktail, Nikka Taketsuru invites you to explore a world of luxurious flavours that linger long after your last sip.
History and origin
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky holds a captivating history that dates back to the early 20th century, driven by the pioneering efforts of Masataka Taketsuru, regarded as the father of Japanese whisky. In 1918, Taketsuru embarked on a journey to Scotland, immersing himself in the art of whisky production. Over ten years, he apprenticed at three different Scottish distilleries and honed his skills while working for the first Japanese whisky company. In 1936, Taketsuru established the Yoichi Distillery in Hokkaido, replicating the Scottish whisky-making environment.
The release of the Taketsuru Pure Malt in 1984 served as a tribute to Taketsuru and his craftsmanship. Today, Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky remains a testament to Taketsuru’s legacy and the pursuit of exceptional Japanese whisky.
What is Nikka Taketsuru Whisky?
Nikka Taketsuru is a blended malt whisky brand named after the father of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. Nikka Whisky is known for its smooth and rich taste. Nikka Taketsuru whisky is matured in various casks such as ex-bourbon barrels, new American oak casks and sherry butts to balance exquisite softness and deep complexity. With no specific age statement, Nikka whisky contains 43% ABV and comes in a 70cl bottle.
What is Nikka pure malt?
“Pure malt” whiskies, also known as “blended malt” whiskies, are made with a combination of whiskies from different distilleries. Hence, the Nikka pure malt whisky is produced with whiskies from its Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. They are also made with strict adherence to Japanese whisky regulations, such as maturing the whiskies in Japan for at least three years and using exclusively Japanese ingredients.
Is pure malt the same as single malt?
No. Single malt whiskies are made in a single distillery, as opposed to pure malt whiskies, which are made with multiple single malt whiskies from different distilleries.
In terms of aroma, Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt has notes of sherry-soaked plums, raisins and green apple slices, as well as honeyed cereal, black pepper and barrel char. On the palate, this whisky contains hints of espresso beans, milk chocolate, and tobacco leaf with a smoky sherry aftertaste.
To maximise the complexity and the unique profile of the Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt, serve it neat. Drinking it on the rocks, however, is also an acceptable method in Japan. Ideally, the ice should be one block of clear ice so that it melts more gradually. Some Japanese bartenders even use hand-carved ice for a one-of-a-kind experience.
For those who like highballs, the recommended ratio is 1 part whisky with 3 parts of your preferred mixer, be it still water, sparkling water or ginger ale.
Since Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt has many fruity notes, cheeses like Camembert or blue cheese make excellent food pairings. Alternative pairings include lighter dishes like sushi, or pork dishes to complement Nikka Taketsuru’s smokier notes.
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky awards
Since its launch in 2020, Nikka Taketsuru Whisky has won several awards, including:
- World’s Best Blended Malt (World Whiskies Award, 2023)
- Best Japanese Whisky (Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, 2020)
Elevate your whisky experience with Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky
Make a toast to the origins of Japanese whisky with Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky. From its velvety texture to its enticing aromas, every aspect of this whisky embodies sophistication and refinement. Indulge your inner connoisseur and grab a bottle today!