Nikka Taketsuru 21 Review

This is a 21 year vatted malt from Nikka that is bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Apricot jam with honeydew melon, toffee, and nutmeg – hints of sawdust and butterscotch.

Palate: Strawberries and honey with nutmeg dusted oak. White pepper and cantaloupe develop as it turns a bit fruitier/spicier.

Finish: Quite a long finish turning a bit herbal on top of the lasting honey and malt notes.

Rating: 87/100

Value for the money: This originally retailed around $165 which would’ve been a fair price, but not it looks like you can’t get it under $225 or so in most places I’m seeing online, and that’s pushing it for me. If it was proofed a bit higher, I could see me paying north of original retail a bit, but not as it stands.

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