Nikka Distillery, Yoichi, Hokkaido,
and Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
I'm jumping a bit from cock to donkey these days with today a traffic jam that I tasted in October last year. WhiskeyLive Toronto, a venerable blend of the Japanese Nikka distillery, the Taketsuru Pure Malt 17.
Like the others in the same series, this phrase was named after the pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru, founder of the distillery. He founded Nikka in 1934 with his Scottish wife Rita. After their death, their adoptive son Takeshi continued to flourish the family business. The set belongs today to the brewing group Asahi, and Takeshi Taketsuru stayed on board as a consultant until his death in December 2014, at the age of 90 years.
Although it is not customary today to use this name, at least in Scotland, the label bears the mention pure maltwhich means that blend is assembled only from different single malts, like the old Scottish term vatted malt. The malts used would come from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries.
As the Japanese painter and sculptor said so well Tarō Okamoto (1911-1996) said so well:
Old men and comets have been venerated for the same reason: their long beards and their pretensions to predict events.
Dear readers, I owe you an apology because it is easy during a whiskey show to quickly pick up in "cocktail-jet-set" mode, which unfortunately tends to shorten the critics ...
Beautiful red but less dark than I expect a similar sherry cask.
Sherry pretty shy, red fruits, grapes, dates, wood, but just not enough.
Beautiful astringent honey, spices, oak, juicy sherry wine, back of spices, golden raisins.
Beautiful hot spices of sherry, black cherry flavored pipe tobacco leaf.
A good blend sherry cask, but who is afraid it seems to assert itself fully.