Nikka Pure Malt Taketsuru Whisky
In 1918, Masataka Taketsuru embarked alone on a long voyage to Scotland. In this distant land the secrets of whisky-making would be imparted to this young Japanese man, and here he would meet the Scotswoman who would become his bride. Masataka Taketsuru was born in the coastal town of Takehara (now Takehara City) about 60km from Hiroshima City. The Taketsuru family owned a sake brewery that dates back to 1733-- and continues to produce fine sake today, in 2004. Taught early on that sake making is a painstaking fine art, Masataka studied diligently and trained at university as a chemist, preparing to carry on the family trade. However, Scotch whisky captured the young man's imagination, as well as the interest of few other enterprising Japanese of that day. He decided to dedicate his life to whisky.
This whisky is a blended malt named in honor of this great visionary, Masataka Taketsuru, who has become known as the father of Japanese whisky. He is the first Japanese who mastered whisky-making in Scotland and produced the genuine whisky in Japan. Masataka learned that the natural resources surrounding a distillery were essential for quality whisky. Based on his thought, he selected two places, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, and built two distilleries there. Its gentle malt flavor, fruitiness and extremely well-balanced taste make it a perfect entry point into the world of Nikka.
The NIkka Distillery has garnered much praise and won many awards. In 2016 Koichi Nishikawa was awarded Distillery Manager of the Year at World Whisky Awards. At this event, icons of Whisky, which recognize and celebrate the finest companies and individuals in the whisky industry, award those of excellence.
Wine EnthusiastThe luxe aroma mixes rich butterscotch and apple sweetness. On the palate, this whisky is light and gentle, interspersing fruit and smoke and finishing with a spark of cinnamon heat. Add a splash of water; recommended for sipping.