Nikka Whisky Distilling

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Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Ltd.
Native name
Nikka Uwisukī Kabushiki Gaisha
Founded1934; 84 years ago (1934), Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan
FounderMasataka Taketsuru
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan

The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Ltd. (ニッカウヰスキー株式会社, Nikka Uwisukii Kabushiki Gaisha) is a producer of Japanese whisky and other beverages headquartered in Tokyo.

The company operates a number of distilleries and other facilities in Japan, including two Japanese whisky distilleries, the Yoichi distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaidō (established in 1934), and the Miyagikyo distillery in Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Northern Honshū (established in 1969). It also owns the Ben Nevis Distillery (acquired in 1989) in Scotland.


Monument to Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky.

The founder, Masataka Taketsuru, travelled to Scotland in 1918 to learn the process of distilling Scotch whisky first hand. He studied organic chemistry under Prof. T. S. Patterson[citation needed] at the University of Glasgow and malt whisky production at the Hazelburn distillery, in Campbeltown near the Mull of Kintyre. He married Jessie Roberta "Rita" Cowan, the daughter of a Glasgow doctor, and returned with her to Japan in 1920. In 1923 he joined Kotobukiya (currently Suntory) and helped to establish a distillery before starting Nikka in 1934.[1]

After their deaths, the company was run by their adoptive son, Takeshi Taketsuru, who expanded its business substantially.


Nikka produces a wide variety of Japanese whiskies, ranging from ¥900 (per 700 ml bottle) Black Nikka sold in Japanese convenience stores, to the ¥15,750 (per 750 ml bottle) Nikka Single Cask.[2] In 2008, Yoichi 20 Year Old was voted best single malt at the World Whiskies Awards.[3]

Black Nikka is a 37% alcoholic whisky, available at corner stores throughout Japan in 180, 300, 700, 1800, 1920, 2700, and 4000 mL bottles. Individual servings, pre-mixed with soda or water, are also available. As of 2009 Nikka decided to rename the Black Nikka brand to just "BLACK".

Nikka is currently owned by Asahi Breweries.


A 50cl bottle of From The Barrel.
  • Yoichi Single Malt
  • Miyagikyo Single Malt
  • From The Barrel (cask strength)
  • Taketsuru Pure Malt
  • Taketsuru Pure Malt 17-Year
  • Coffey Malt
  • Coffey Grain
  • Pure Malt Red
  • Pure Malt Black
  • Pure Malt White
  • All Malt
  • Blended
  • Ben Nevis

Distilleries and plants[edit]

One of the buildings of Yoichi Distillery.
Yoichi Distillery



  1. ^ The Founder: Father of Japanese Whisky, Nikka distillery official website.
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  • Phelan, Stephen (25 January 2014). "Spirit of Romance". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 January 2014.

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