The story of Nikka is also the story of Japanese whiskey. Back in 1894, a boy named Masataka Taketsuru was born, a descendant of a historic family of sake producers, who since he was a boy had dreamed of producing a whiskey with the style and complexity of the great Scottish whiskies. In 1919, having finished his studies, he then went to Scotland to acquire the right know-how relating to distillation, aging and the other steps necessary to obtain quality whiskeys also in Japan. This experience will be fundamental for him not only for Taketsuru’s technical training, but because it will make him start dreaming of one day having his own distillery that produces the precious distillate in his homeland. After finishing his studies at the University of Glasgow, in 1934 Taketsuru’s project began to take shape: the Nippo Kaju company was opened and the still existing Yoichi distillery on the island of Hokkaido. In 1952 the name will be changed to Nikka Whisky, as we know it today; in 1962 a second distillery was established on the island of Honsu. Over the years Taketsuru’s distillery and courage have inspired many other professionals to create their Made in Japan distillates, and today Nikka is considered not only as one of the best distilleries in Japan, but in the world.
Obtained from the skilful blending of malts and grain whiskeys, made with care and skill.
Bright gold colour. On the nose there are fruity hints of yellow apple followed by aromas of sponge cake, butter biscuits and barley malt, with a slight hint of citrus peel. On the palate, it is full-bodied and lively, with a mix of ginger, vanilla and caramel nuances, which are enriched by the presence of peated notes in the background. This perfect balance becomes even more evident in the long-lasting finish, characterized by a tasty aftertaste of lemon cream.
Perfect at the end of a meal or as a meditation; particularly recommended for lovers of balanced, soft and fruity whiskeys. Great as a gift!