Taketsuru 21 Review

Taketsuru 21 Review

Taketsuru 21 is a blend of two different single malts; Miyagikyo and Yoichi. Traditionally Yoichi is seen as a more powerful, more masculine malt and Miyagikyo is seen as a more subtle, more feminine malt. To make this whisky the folks at Nikka would select the best 21+ year old casks from Yoichi and Miyagikyo and then blend them together to create a whisky that is both masculine and feminine.

This whisky has been at the top of numerous “Best Whisky” lists and lauded the world over, but I have to say… I just don’t get all the hype. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s good, as you’ll see below, but it didn’t get me particularly excited. The Taketsuru 21 didn’t wow me like I thought it might, but it’s still a decent dram.

Taketsuru 21 Info

Region: Japan

Distiller: Nikka
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Age: 21 Years
ABV: 43%

Price: NA – Auction / Specialty store

Taketsuru 21 Review


Fruit, malt, graham, butterscotch, nuts and and herbal nature. There is an overall meatiness to the aroma that’s pleasant but not overbearing.

Fruit, malt, graham, butterscotch, nuts, spice, oak, herbal notes and a bit of citrus peels. Like the nose there’s a meatiness to the palate; the masculine Yoichi showing its side more-so.

Medium fade of nuts, fruit, malt, graham and ash.

Decent balance, medium body and a full slick feel.

It’s a good whisky and has a pleasing meatiness to the entire thing that makes me want to keep exploring it. It’s not wildly blow-your-socks-off amazing, but if it was something that was available at a sub $75 price I’d be more than happy to buy one. Though even before it was discontinued it was absurdly expensive and now it’s absurd x 10 so I have a hard time reconciling this particular whisky with “value”. On-the-whole, the quality to price ratio has been my major issue with Japanese whisky for a long time and it’s only getting worse.

SCORE: 88/100 (B+)

Taketsuru 21 Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 88
  • Palate - 88
  • Finish - 88
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 88


Taketsuru 21 is a good whisky, but no where near worth its outrageous price(s) these days if you ask me.

Josh Peters

Josh Peters

I read about, think about, write about, and drink whisk(e)y. In short, it's my passion.
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