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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 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)
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$59.62

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
$40.31

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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$40.34

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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$48.50
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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
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$38.41
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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
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$47.50
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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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$111.17
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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
$32.30

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
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$52.05

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
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$58.56

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
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$41.39

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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

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 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)

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