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Nikka

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 Coffey Gin

70cl, 47%

Gin from Nikka?! Oh yes, my friends, the folks at Nikka aren't simply just whisky geniuses - they're accomplished gin producers too! Produced in Coffey stills using a base of barley and corn, Nikka…  More info

Nikka Coffey Gin
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$40.38

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

70cl, 45%

Using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery, which were imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963, Nikka have produced a number of single cask single grain whiskies from time to time over…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
42
$52.11

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

70cl, 45%

While most distilleries use their Coffey stills only to make grain whisky, Nikka use the two Coffey stills at their Miyagikyo distillery to create malt whisky too. The Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky was…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky
46
$58.63

Nikka Coffey Vodka

70cl, 40%

One of the big names in Japanese whisky is exploring something new - Nikka now has its very own vodka! Made using their Coffey stills with a blend of corn and malted barley, Nikka Coffey Vodka is…  More info

Nikka Coffey Vodka
$40.36

Nikka Days

70cl, 40%

Nikka Days is a brilliantly bright blended Japanese whisky from the legendary producer, featuring spirits from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. The slightly peated whisky delicately balances…  More info

Nikka Days
12
$38.45
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Nikka Pure Malt Red

50cl, 43%

Pure Malt Red is a Japanese blended malt in a charming looking bottle! This is made up of malt whisky from the Nikka distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The result is a fruit, creamy, buttery, and…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Red
6
$47.56
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Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (2020 Release)

70cl, 43%

A new edition of Nikka's Taketsuru Pure Malt, released in 2020! It features a new recipe, showing off the excellent balance of the Japanese whisky, alongside wafts of smoke and waves of creamy malt.…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (2020 Release)
2
$59.69

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

50cl, 51.4%

The award-winning Nikka Whisky From The Barrel blend is absolutely full of flavour. Bottled at 51.4% ABV. The blend combines both single malt and grain whisky from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi…  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
201
$41.44

Nikka Whisky Tasting Set

15cl, 43.6%

A terrific tasting set featuring five 3cl drams of whisky from one of the most prolific Japanese producers, Nikka. Founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, Nikka is now known world wide, with two…  More info

Nikka Whisky Tasting Set
$32.33

Super Nikka

70cl, 43%

Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info

Super Nikka
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$48.56
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The Nikka Tailored

70cl, 43%

A fabulous Japanese blended whisky from Nikka, Tailored brings together a core of malted barley from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, along with Coffey still grain whisky! A brilliant balance…  More info

The Nikka Tailored
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$111.30
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Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 47%

Nikka released a pair of whiskies in 2020 to celebrate the 100th wedding anniversary of the company's founder Masataka Taketsuru and Rita Cowan. This right here is one of them - a Miyagikyo single…  More info

Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Cask Finish

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 8 Year Old Black

70cl, 40%

A rare bottle of 8 year old blended malt from Nikka. A very creamy, fruity whisky with oodles of flavour and complexity! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Nikka 8 Year Old Black
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Nikka All Malt

70cl, 40%

A blended Japanese whisky from Nikka made with malt from Yoichi and a combination of malt and Coffey Still whisky from Miyagikyou.  More info

Nikka All Malt
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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

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 Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%

From the Japanese distillers Nikka comes their blended whisky, the Nikka Blended Whisky. Yep, that's it. A simple name, a minimalist bottle, a refined label - the focus here is on the expertly-made…  More info

Nikka Blended Whisky
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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 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 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

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 Coffey Series Set

280cl, 44.3%

A celebration of the Coffey still from Nikka! This stylish set features four different spirits from the legendary Japanese producer, each one produced using their Coffey still - showing you just how…  More info

Nikka Coffey Series Set

Nikka Days Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

A rather stylish gift pack from Nikka, featuring a bottle of its Nikka Days blended whisky, alongside two glasses, perfect for Highballs and the like. Nikka Days brings together whisky from the…  More info

Nikka Days Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

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

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