Say Goodbye to Taketsuru 17: Nikka’s Acclaimed Pure Malt Is Discontinued

The Taketsuru 17 Year Old is a special whisky from the distillery Nikka. It's a blended whisky, made with a blend of from both their Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. The Taketsuru 17 Year Old was released in 2006 and has been highly praised by whisky connoisseurs ever since.

Tasting Notes: On the nose, this whisky is sweet and fruity, with notes of green apple, honey and vanilla. The palate is full-bodied and complex, with hints of honeycomb, toasted coconut and dried fruits. The finish is long and smooth with a subtle hint of smoke.

Named after Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka distillery, this blended malt whisky has a unique taste that sets it apart from other whiskies. With its rich flavor profile and smooth finish, it's sure to be enjoyed by even the most discerning whisky drinkers.

Unfortunately, due to the shortage of whisky in Japan, Nikka has decided to discontinue the Taketsuru 17 Year Old as well as their Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old, 21 Years Old, and 25 Years Old expressions. This means that this special expression will soon no longer be avaiable for purchase.

If you're looking for an exceptional Japanese whisky experience before it's too late, make sure you grab some bottles of the Taketsuru 17 Year Old before it's gone forever! It's truly one-of-a-kind and you won't find anything like it on the market today!

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The Legacy of Masataka Taketsuru

Taketsuru is a blended whisky produced by the renowned Japanese distillery, Nikka. It is crafted from two of ther signature distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo. Taketsuru combines spirits from both distilleries to create a unique flavor profile that is sure to please whisky connoisseurs. Taketsuru is characterized by its smoothness yet robust palate and its long finish, making it a widely sought-after whisky. It was first released in 2005 and replaced the age-statement Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts in 2015 due to short supply.

The Varieties of Nikka Taketsuru Single Malt

No, Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt is not a single malt whisky. It is a blended malt whisky, which means that it contains two or more single malt whiskies from different distilleries that are combined in the same bottle. The whiskies used in Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt come from both the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, each contributing to its flavor profile. This blend brings a fruitiness to the senses with a light body and subtle flavors.

Discontinued Nikka Products

Nikka has discontinued the 17, 21, and 25 Year Old varieties of its Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky. However, Nikka will continue to sell a no age-statement version of Taketsuru Pure Malt.

Is Nikka Pure Malt Still Available

Yes, Nikka has confirmed that its Taketsuru Pure Malt 17-, 21- and 25-year-old whiskies will be discontinued, and the no-age-statement (NAS) Taketsuru Pure Malt will be replaced with a new expression

The Specialty of Single Malt Whisky

Single malt whisky is special because it offers a unique and complex flavour profile that can't be found in other types of whisky. Single malts are made from 100% malted barley, which gives them a distinct taste and aroma. The single malt process involves careful selection of the barley, careful mashing and fermentation of the grain, as well as distillation and maturing in oak casks for at leat three years. This process results in an exquisite whisky with a wide range of flavours, from sweet to smoky to spicy. Single malt whiskies vary greatly from distillery to distillery, due to different ingredients and processes used during production. This opens up a world of flavour possibilities that can be explored by whisky connoisseurs.


The Taketsuru 17 Years Old Pure Malt was a much-loved whisky by Nikka, but due to a whisky shortage, the brand has had to discontinue this expression as well as the 21 and 25 Year Old varieties. This is unfortunate news for fans of this beloved whisky, but Nikka is replacing the no-age-statement Taketsuru Pure Malt with a new expression and will continue to produce small batches of its Hatozaki Pure Malt. Although it may be difficult to say goodbye to Taketsuru 17, fans should look forward to Nikka's future offerings whch will surely be just as delicious.

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