Yamato Takeda Shingen Edition

This whisky is hands down the best dressed whisky. If you’ve seen this bottle at liquor stores, you can’t help but stop to stare at it. It truly is eye-catching and although we never purchased the bottle, our friend Dan did, and he was kind enough to share some with us.

Aside from the bottle being beautiful, one of the first questions I asked myself was, who makes this? My answer, I have no clue. I searched and searched but couldn’t find information on the distillery. During my search I read from several sites that this is a blended whisky that blends Scotch whisky and Japanese whisky. If true, this of course means that with all the new Japanese whisky regulations, this whisky is not truly a Japanese whisky. As I am not 100% sure, if any of you knows the backstory of the whisky comment down below.  

Nose: oak and vanilla
Palate: vanilla, spices and oak
Finish: earthy with light spices

Simply put, this whisky is just OK. To me, it is not worth the steep price as this bottle averages between $140-$160+. Although you get hints of spices and earthiness the base note is vanilla and you get that throughout your sip.

The whisky is quite delicate, light, and soft, but if you think about it, light and soft is how people in Japan enjoy their whisky. Most of the time they drink their whisky in a highball, so this whisky profile makes sense to me.

Truthfully, I’m glad we had the chance to try it because we were curious about it but, now that we have tried it, I can say it’s a whisky we don’t need on our shelf.


Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Donna says:

    Aiko importers out of Pendergrass, GA. You have the mash correct. Scottish mash with Japanese whiskey mash. I promote a lot of Bourbon, whiskeys, Scotch, etc

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