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Suntory’s first master distiller founded Nikka in 1918. Nikka is now the Japan’s second largest distiller. In fact, we produce a wide range of single malts as well as impressive blended whisky range.

The founder

In 1918, Masataka Taketsuru embarked alone on a long voyage to Scotland. Furthermore, the Taketsuru family owned a “sake” brewery that goes back to 1733. Moreover, they continues to produce fine sake today. However, Scotch whisky captured the young man’s imagination. Nevertheless, he has interest of few other enterprising Japanese of that day. He decided to dedicate his life to whisky. Then, Masataka enrolled at the University of Glasgow. As a result, he became the first Japanese ever to study the art of whisky making.

The distillery

Of Nikka’s two malt whisky distilleries, Yoichi produces rich, peaty and masculine malt. The whisky gets its distinct aroma and body from direct heating distillation, in which the pot stills are heated with finely powdered natural coal–the traditional method that is hardly ever used today, even in Scotland.