Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt, 43%

Price: $80 Issue: Spring 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

A nose to savor and get lost in contemplation with its array of beautifully layered wood spices interwoven with balanced smoke, polished wood, vanilla pod, and lemon-scented biscuits. This new edition has a waxy feel, with sappy flavors of star fruit, preserved lemons, Asian pear, lychee, peach syrup, and an underbelly of moody spices. The spicy finish retains a residual sweetness.