竹鶴威士忌 Taketsuru 17 years Pure Malt Whisky
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Taketsuru 竹鶴 17 years Pure Malt, 700 ml, ABV 43%
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Taketsuru whisky is a blended malt whisky, mostly a blend of Yoichi and Miyagikyo. Taketsuru whisky is almost a must-buy in Japan airport’s duty-free shops to Hong Kong whisky lovers. For example of the Taketsuru 21 years old, by favor of duty free and week Japanese yen, the price of this dram is almost a Macallan 12 years old in Hong Kong retail shop. Good whisky with nice price tag, how can you resist it?
As to Taketsuru whisky, I have tasted the 21 years old for Taiwan market and Japanese local market respectively, and both new and old bottlings of 12 years old, but just the mainstream 17 years old absent. Appreciate to a sample of this dram from a friend of mine that I can have opportunity to fill this gap.
Taketsuru 17 years Pure Malt, 700 ml, ABV 43%
Nose: dried date, red apple peel, dried flower, orange blossom favor gummy, hay
Palate: dark chocolate, caramel, charred wood, mandarin peel
Aftertaste: Medium length, charred wood, black coffee
Conclusion: Combination of sweet dried fruit and refresh fresh fruit, delicate fragrance of dried flower, followed by gummy with orange blossom favor, a bit of hot alcohol. Slightly thin body, sweet note not carry forward to palate, trend to toasty, so as to aftertaste but rich and comfortable. The note of this dram is of sweet and refreshing but flat, lack of weight in body, loose and not complex, good aftertaste that compensate the deficiencies from other aspects. Indeed it is a good whisky but just the discrepancy between my high expectation and outcome.