Nikka

In 1918, a young Japanese man with an ambition to make genuine whisky went alone to Scotland to unveil the secret of whisky making. He is Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky.

Given the chance to go to Scotland, Masataka became the first Japanese ever to master how to make whisky. He enrolled at the University of Glasgow, took chemistry courses and then apprenticed at three Scotch distilleries. The young and passionate man was fortunate to learn first-hand from craftsmen and have practical trainings to master blending. The two notebooks filled with every detail later became Japan’s very first guide in whisky production. In 1920 Masataka returned to Japan with his Scottish wife Jessie Roberta (Rita). The two had married earlier that year and Rita decided to immigrate to Japan to support her husband’s dream. However after returning to Japan, Masataka and Rita were heartbroken to find out that Settsu Shuzo, the company which invested in Masataka to learn in Scotland, had to abandon its plan to produce genuine whisky in Japan due to recessions after World War I.
In the meantime another company, Kotobukiya Limited (Suntory), was in search for someone who could conduct whisky production. Being the only Japanese who knew how to produce whisky at that time, Masataka was hired by Kotobukiya in 1923 to direct building the Yamazaki Distillery. There he led the project and devoted himself to producing Japan’s first genuine whisky.
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  1. NIKKA RARE OLD SUPER BLENDED WHISKY 700ML
    World Whisky Awards Category Winner for Best Japanese Blend in 2015 the Nikka Rare Old Super was introduced to the market in 1962. Despite being classified as a blend, it's reported to contain a high proportion of malt from the Yoichi and ... Learn More
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  2. NIKKA YOICHI SINGLE MALT WHISKY
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    A smoky single malt with a maritime character. Bold and strong the pleasant peat characteristic comes from the traditional direct coal-fired distillation as well as a briny hint delivered by the sea breeze during the aging process. Nose: toffee, mango, ... Learn More
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  3. NIKKA MIYAGIKYO SINGLE MALT WHISKY (700ML)
    Light in body, yet full of flavour, an excellent introduction to Japanese single malts. This whisky is distilled in a pot still heated by indirect steam at a low temperature. Miyagikyo Single Malt has an elegant fruitiness and a distinctive ... Learn More
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  4. NIKKA TAILORED PREMIUM BLENDED WHISKY 700ML
    Nikka is a story of two very unique distilleries and one very important individual who helped create the Japanese whisky landscape. Founder Masataka Taketsuru is known as the father of Japanese whisky when in 1918 he visited Scotland to embark on ... Learn More
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