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The advent of Japanese whisky has been widely attributed to Masataka Taketsuru who began his whisky pilgrimage in 1918, when he journeyed to the illustrious liquid’s spiritual heartland, the Celtic nations. Masataka’s family ran a sake brewery, still in operation today, and as such he was taught the skills of alcohol production, furthering his education at the University of Glasgow where he studied chemistry. This and his apprenticeships at Scotch whisky distilleries afforded him a great depth of knowledge about production and blending. In 1920, Masataka Taketsuru married Jessie ‘Rita’ Roberta Cowan and the couple lived for a few months in Campbeltown. They travelled to Japan later that year.

In 1934, Masataka established Nikka Whisky and his first distillery was built in Hokkaido and named Yoichi. The area was well-suited to whisky production, though its location was remote. In 1969, a second distillery was founded, Miyagikyo Distillery, or Sendai Distillery as it has been known. Its first whiskies were sold as Sendai Single Malt and it was not until Asahi Brewery’s acquisition of Nikka in 2001 that the Miyagiko Distillery was expanded to cope with national demand. The Nikka range includes the single malts from the pair of distilleries as well as a range of vatted and blended malts.

However, soaring demand for Japanese whisky began to outstrip supply, and in early 2019 it was announced that Nikka was axing Nikka 12 and temporarily suspending the Coffey Grain and Malt whiskies. 2019 was also the first year that the Yoichi plant started distilling in January, as opposed to the traditional four-month distilling seasons from March until June and again from September to early December, in an effort to increase production.

The Miyagikyo distillery also announced an expansion in early 2019, to be completed by 2021, along with the news that Nikka has procured many more casks to age whisky from the distillery, boosting storage by 40%.

Nikka Black Memorial Special Blend - 1990s

72cl, 40%

Here we have the limited edition Black Memorial Special Blend from Nikka, which we reckon was produced in the 1990s. You don't have to wear the same attire as the fellow on the label to drink it, but…  More info

Nikka Black Memorial Special Blend - 1990s

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%

The 25 year old edition of Nikka's Taketsuru blended malt whisky is a very rare sight. The Taketsuru expression was named in honour of the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru, made with malt…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old
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Nikka Pure Malt Spice Rack Set

150cl, 43%

Nikka have eschewed using a box or case or what-have-you to present these three Pure Malt whiskies and gone for something a little different: a spice rack! This set includes a 50cl bottle of all…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Spice Rack Set

Yoichi & Miyagikyo Rum Cask Finish Set

140cl, 46%

This set from legendary Japanese whisky producers Nikka features two 70cl bottles of Japanese single malt whisky - one from the Yoichi distillery, and one from the Miyagikyo distillery. Both of these…  More info

Yoichi & Miyagikyo Rum Cask Finish Set

Nikka Taketsuru on the Road Set

350cl, 42.4%

An incredibly handsome set from Nikka, honouring the company's celebrated founder, Masataka Taketsuru. This suitcase contains five different 70cl bottles of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru on the Road Set

Super Nikka Revival Limited Edition

70cl, 43%

A new direction for the classic 'Super Nikka' blended Japanese whisky label, with a limited edition release. Revival brings together Sherry matured Nikka and Yoichi stock with a special bottling for…  More info

Super Nikka Revival Limited Edition
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Nikka Coffey Grain 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 209699)

70cl, 63%

A single cask bottling of Nikka Coffey Grain whisky, distilled using their Coffey stills in December 1999 and left to mature in cask #209699 until July 2014. It has been bottled at an impressive cask…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 209699)

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel Cocktail Set

50cl, 51.4%

We've said it before - many times in fact - Nikka's Whisky from the Barrel is staggeringly good stuff, with just the right balance of toffee sweetness and rich malty flavour and a tinge of smoke for…  More info

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel Cocktail Set

Nikka Coffey Malt 11 Year Old 2003 (cask 130541)

70cl, 58%

A single cask release of Nikka Coffey Malt, which is just what it sounds like - malt whisky distilled using a Coffey still. It's not technically a single malt because it wasn't made using a pot…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 11 Year Old 2003 (cask 130541)

Nikka Pure Malt White

50cl, 43%

Poised and slightly peaty. Pure Malt White is a blended malt with whisky from Nikka's excellent distilleries. Really recommend this.  More info

Nikka Pure Malt White
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Nikka Whisky Six Pillars Gift Box

360cl, 44.9%

Please note that there is a very small amount of damage to the box, as well as the labels of the Nikka Coffey Grain and Taketsuru 21 Year Old, but this is still an incredibly handsome piece. A…  More info

Nikka Whisky Six Pillars Gift Box

Taketsuru 21 Year Old - Non-Chill Filtered

70cl, 48%

A limited edition bottling of Nikka's Taketsuru 21 Year Old blended malt whisky, which has been bottled without chill-filtration, to capture every subtlety of the aroma and flavour. The blend was…  More info

Taketsuru 21 Year Old - Non-Chill Filtered

Nikka Rita 30 Year Old Apple Brandy

70cl, 43%

Back in 1934, when Masataka Taketsuru had just opened Nikka and started ageing his Japanese whisky, the company also sold apple juice and cider to keep the business running. For Nikka's 80th…  More info

Nikka Rita 30 Year Old Apple Brandy

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

The 12 year old variant of Nikka's incredible range of blended malts, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. Very good indeed.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old
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Nikka Coffey Malt 1998

70cl, 62%

Nikka have experimented with distilling malted barley through a Coffey or continuous still which are more commonly used for grain whiskies. Technically this isn't a single malt whisky because it…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 1998
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Nikka Tasting Glass

A very handsome tasting glass, branded by Nikka. This is perfect for enjoying a fine Japanese whisky.  More info

Nikka Tasting Glass

Nikka 70th Anniversary Selection

280cl, 58%

Absolutely beautiful! Just looking at this makes us feel all warm inside. This incredible selection was specially made for Nikka's 70th Anniversary. Included are engraved bottles of cask strength…  More info

Nikka 70th Anniversary Selection

Nikka Super Whisky - Genshu

37cl, 55.5%

A blended malt, made with whisky from several of Nikka's distilleries. This is bottled at cask strength. Very rare and worth a try - bottled for the Japanese market.  More info

Nikka Super Whisky - Genshu

Nikka in Tube 5 Miniatures

20cl, 44.1%

A set of tubed miniatures demonstrating the wonderful character of Nikka whisky. There are samples of: Nikka Pure Malt Red, White and Black, Nikka All Malt and Nikka Whisky From The Barrel.  More info

Nikka in Tube 5 Miniatures

Nikka Coffey Malt 12 Year Old

70cl, 55%

Yeah, yeah, we know it's not really a single malt (because it was distilled in a Coffey column still, rather than a pot still). This is, however, a fantastic 12 year old limited release from Nikka.…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 12 Year Old

The Nikka 40 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Dressed in its smart 'kimono' bottle like its younger sibling The Nikka 12 Year Old, as well as a wooden presentation box, this extraordinary well-aged blended Japanese whisky is something very, very…  More info

The Nikka 40 Year Old

Nikka Black - 1990s

72cl, 42%

A 1990s bottling of Nikka Black, a Japanese blended whisky that doesn't often find its way to these shores. The handsome chap on the label looks to be enjoying a glass of the whisky too. He's got a…  More info

Nikka Black - 1990s

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