The influence of the landscape
Masataka believed the environment was a key factor in the crafting of fine whisky. He built two exceptional sites: Miyagikyo distillery in Honshu and the Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido.
YOICHI is located on the coast of Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido. The distillery is located 50km west of Sapporo city, known for its snow festival and host of the 1972 winter Olympics. Originally, the local peat bogs were the source of Yoichi’s subtle smoky notes, while the sea breeze leaves its imprint on these whiskies of undeniable character.
A stark contrast to Yoichi’s rough coastal conditions, the Miyagi region’s rolling hills and peaceful forests are renowned for providing a very pure air and particularly clean water, which convinced Taketsuru after 3 years of searching. The MIYAGIKYO distillery is built in 1969, in the heart of the natural environment, from which the whiskies draw their softness, their elegance, and purity.
Blended whiskies are a skilful combination of both malt and grain whiskies. Nikka’s two malt distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, provide the characterful pot still malts, while the Coffey Grain portion distilled from corn gives a smooth edge to the final blend.
Nikka Single Malts
Single malts must come from a single distillery, made from 100% malted barley and be distilled in pot stills. With two distilleries in the north of Japan, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, Nikka Whisky offers two different single malt expressions.
Nikka Pure Malts
Pure malts (or blended malts) are a blend of different single malts.
Bottled under the Taketsuru label, these expressions are a worthy tribute to Nikka’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, with a smooth, sherry-cask influenced style.
The Coffey Range
Nikka Coffey whiskies are produced in continuous stills called Coffey stills, named after the inventor, Aenas Coffey. While Nikka is primarily known for its award winning whiskies, the company also has a long history of distilling white spirits for the Japanese domestic market, including gin and vodka. Since 2017, Nikka has developed stunning new gin and vodka expressions based 100% on their Coffey still distillate.