Masataka Taketsuru was born into a sake brewing family in Hiroshima in 1894. His love of brewing sent him to Scotland as a young man where he took an apprenticeship at the Longmorn Distillery in Speyside and began to discover how to make malt whisky. After a second apprenticeship at James Calder in Bo'ness, he mastered how to make coffey grain whisky. Not quite finished his whisky discovery - he also travelled to Campbelltown to learn the art of blending whisky and malt whisky production. On his return to Japan, he oversaw the building of the Yamazaki Distillery for Suntory. 10 years later, he began work on his own distillery and in 1940 his first whisky "Nikka Whisky" was launched.
Since then, Nikka has gone from strength to strength, gaining international recognition as an excellent distillery, making incredible whiskies that are now sold across the globe.
Nikka 12 year old blended whisky was introduced to the world in 2014 in honour of the 80th anniversary of the Nikka distillery, this expression has more malt whisky than grain whisky and so is full of the malty rich flavours and rounded out by the smoothness that tipifies a coffey grain whisky.
Bottle Size: 70cl