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 Nikka Product Line-up

The availability of products will vary depending on the market.

The Yoichi Distillery

I really want to take this tour! Check out the pics below, but for more information click here to get more information on their tours.

Imagery courtesy of Asahi Breweries

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

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