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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 Whisky Tasting Set

15cl, 44.2%

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
$39.89

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 whiskies from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi…  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
155
$39.94
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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
1
$40.91

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
$46.23

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
2
$47.49
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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
3
$48.47
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Nikka Pure Malt Black

50cl, 43%

Jim Murray scored different batches of Pure Malt Black with 92 and 95 points respectively. This is a great dram, a blended malt made up of whisky from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Full…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Black
15
$48.56
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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
32
$60.27
$53.75

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
30
$58.19

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

70cl, 43%

A non-age-statement expression of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. It features plenty of whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery, as well as…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt
47
$59.50

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
1
$62.26

The Nikka 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A fantastic 12 year old blended Japanese whisky from Nikka presented in a bottle that takes its design from the neckline of a kimono. Enjoy neat, over ice or in a classic highball.  More info

The Nikka 12 Year Old
10
$101.37
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Nikka Bundle

190cl, 47.3%

A brilliant bundle of Japanese spirits from the ever-wonderful Nikka! This shiny bundle brings together a bottle of lip-smacking Nikka Whisky From The Barrel, Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt and vibrant…  More info

Nikka Bundle
$147.91
$126.31

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 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 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
14
$37.61

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
18
$40.97

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky 50cl

50cl, 45%

After releasing a number of single cask Coffey distilled grain whiskies, this is Nikka's larger release of their Japanese single grain whisky. It is mostly made of corn and distilled in the…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky 50cl

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
6
$43.97

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
18

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
1
$53.80

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel with Hip Flask

50cl, 51.4%

An awesome set from Nikka, containing a bottle of their cracking Nikka Whisky From The Barrel, along with a hip flask which mimics the iconic bottle's shape.  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel with Hip Flask

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
$59.73

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Gift Pack

50cl, 51.4%

A wonderful Japanese whisky gift set from Nikka. This pack includes the classic "Whisky From The Barrel", as well as two branded glasses and a speed pourer. Brilliant!  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Gift Pack
2
$64.72

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

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