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NIKKA WHISKY STORY

TRACING THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FOUNDER MASATAKA TAKETSURU AND NIKKA WHISKY'S HISTORY.


Nikka Whisky was founded in 1934 by Mastaka Taketsuru, the father
of Japanese whisky.

THE FOUNDER

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. 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 1934, Taketsuru travelled north and built his first distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, a place - though inconveniently located - he had always considered to be the ideal site for him to make whisky. The environmental conditions of Yoichi were in many ways similar to those of Scotland where he first learnt the mastery of whisky distilling.

In 1940, Nikka released its first whisky and has since grown to be world renowned in its expertise in blending and distilling whisky.

DISTILLERIES - YOCHI & MIYAGIKYO

Yoichi Distillery

Built in 1934, the first distillery for Nikka Whisky.

Masataka Taketsuru valued the climate and natural features of the north. Yoichi, the place chosen by Masataka was close to the sea, surrounded by mountains on three sides and in many ways similar to Highland in Scotland. A cold climate with an appropriate humidity, crisp clean air and fresh water - everything necessary for his ideal whisky was available. The proximity to the sea is one of the distinctive features of Yoichi. The sea breeze gives a briny hint to the whisky during the maturation.

Miyagikyo Distillery

Built in 1969 as the second distillery of Nikka Whisky.

Masataka aimed to make his blend more complex by widening the variety of whiskies. In 1967 he was exploring the northern part of the main island to find another ideal site for his second distillery. He came across a beautiful foggy glen surrounded by mountains and at a junction of two clean rivers. Once he tried the water from one of the rivers, which is now the water source, he was so impressed and immediately decided to build a distillery there. The name of the river was Nikkawa river by coincidence.

A DEEP DIVE INTO MIYAGIKYO DISTILLERY


Masataka aimed to develop a complete contrast between Yoichi Distillery and Miyagikyo Distillery. Along with the different terroir, the different distillation method of Miyagikyo creates distinctive malt whiskies. Miyagikyo’s pot stills are much larger than those at Yoichi with different shapes such as a bulge neck and ascending lyne-arm. These pot stills are heated by indirect steam at a much lower temperature that allows slower distillation. This distillation method results in soft and floral characteristics in Miyagikyo Single Malt.

NIKKA MIYAGIKYO SINGLE MALT JAPANESE WHISKY

SHOWCASES THE ELEGANT STYLE OF MIYAGIKYO


Miyagikyo Single Malt was released in 2016 as a permanent product that showcases the elegant style of Miyagikyo malts, when all age-statements were discontinued. This bottling has estery aromas generated by carefully selected yeast strains along with distinctive Sherry cask influence.

This product meets all the criteria of “Japanese whisky “ defined by the Japan Spirits & Liqueur Makers Association.