A Most Interesting Man, Masataka Taketsuru, Founding Father of Nikka Whisky

When it comes to relaxing times, I don’t make it Suntory time, and I go for Nikka whisky.

One of my favorite whiskies is the Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt.

Masataka Taketsuru and his wife Rita, 1920. Image courtesy of Asahi Breweries.

It’s named after the company’s founding father Masataka Taketsuru who was the first Japanese to have studied the art of whisky-making in Scotland.

Aside from being the first to do a whisky in Japan with Kotobukiya (Suntory), he had also married a Scotswoman named Jessie Roberta “Rita” Cowan when interracial marriages were non-existent.

Today they are buried together in Yoichi, and they have a stretch of highway named after her “Rita Road.”

The Breakdown:

Company name: Nikka Whisky owned by Asahi Breweries.
Country of origin: Japan (headequarters are located in Tokyo).
Products: Single Malt, Pue Malt (blended malt), blended, and Grain Whisky.
Nikka website: www.nikka.com

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
%d bloggers like this: