We’re Stocking up with a Dozen Whiskies from Nikka Whisky Co. of Japan.
Nikka is Japanâ€™s second oldest whisky company, cerlebrating its 80th Anniversary this year. The companyâ€™s first distillery was established by Masataka Taketsuru, who is widely regarded as the father of Japan’s whisky industry. Masataka traveled to Scotland in 1919 where he studied chemistry in Glasgow. While in Scotland he also visited and worked at a number of Scottish distilleries including Longmorn and Hazelburn, where he learned the art of distillation. He took this knowledge back to Japan, along with a Scottish bride.
In 1923 Masataka was instrumental in the founding of the Yamazaki distillery near Kyoto with Shinjiro Torii. Masataka had wanted to build the distillery on the northern island of Hokkaido, but he bent to Shinjiro’s will. The Yamazaki distillery celebrated its 90th Anniversary last year, and would become the keystone of what is now Beam Suntory, one of the world’s largest drinks companies. A decade after helping establish Yamazaki Masataka opened the Yoichi distillery on the island of Hokkaido. Masataka had the location, a small fishing village called Yoichi, in mind for more than a decade. The area had a climate similar to that of Scotland, cool and wet. Yoichi is today regarded as one of the world’s finest distilleries, and was the genesis of Japan’s second largest whisky company, Nikka.
Both Suntory and Nikka would go on to build other distilleries over the succeeding decades. Suntory opened Hakushu, the forrest distillery, in the mountains west of Tokyo in 1973. Nikka built the Miyagikyo Distillery, sometimes referred to as Sendai, in the Tohoku region of Japan on the island of Honshu. It has a much milder climate than Yoichi, and generally producers a gentler whisky. The distillery was built to make a wide range of whisky styles and has both pot and column (specifically Coffey) stills on site. Both of Japans major whisky companies have to be self sufficient when it comes to blending, so Nikka produces a wide range of styles of spirit, to have a greater range to blend from.
We love Japanese whisky here at KWM, and feel it is every bit as complex as the best Scotch whiskies. Â The following whiskies from Nikka Whisky Co. will be in stock at the Kensington Wine Market tomorrow, Tuesday December 23rd:
Exclusive to KWM:
- Miyagikyo 15 Year â€“ Single Malt â€“ 45% â€“ Meaty with a very fruity palate, lots of spices, fruit and soft oaky flourishes. â€“ $159.99
- Nikka Coffey Grain â€“ 45% â€“ Grain Whisky â€“ Mellow and sweet this whisky shows a lot of corn, silky oils and floral notes. â€“ $88.99
- Nikka Coffey Malt â€“ 45% â€“ Column Still Single Malt â€“ Surprisingly chewy and malt with lots of vanilla and soft toast oak. â€“ $88.99
- The Nikka Box â€“ 6 Whiskies & 2 Tasting Glasses â€“ The Japanese art of origami meets the coolest coffee table adornment a whisky lover could ever ask for. Contains bottles of Nikka: From the Barrel, Pure Malt Black, Coffey Grain, Miyagikyo 12 Year â€“ Yoichi 15 Year & Taketsuru 21 Year â€“ $1149.99 –
Other Nikkas Coming In:
- Miyagikyo 12 Year â€“ Single Malt â€“ 45% â€“ Faint peat with lots of vanilla, tangy fruits and chewy malt. â€“ $129.99
- Nikka From the Barrel â€“ Blended â€“ 51.4% â€“ This blended Japanese whisky is a steal, rich, spicy and fruity. â€“ $54.99
- Nikka Pure Malt Black â€“ Blended Malt â€“ 43% â€“ Mainly composed of Yoichi distillery malt, Black is characterized by powerful peat, rich taste and firm flavor. â€“ $59.99
- Nikka Pure Malt Red – Blended Malt â€“ 43% â€“ Mainly composed of Miyagikyo distillery malt, Red is characterized by lightly sweet vanilla nose and a soft and gentle taste. â€“ $59.99
- Nikka Pure Malt White â€“ Blended Malt â€“ 43% â€“ Mainly composed of Miyagikyo distillery malt, Red is characterized by lightly sweet vanilla nose and a soft and gentle taste. â€“ $59.99
- Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year â€“ Blended Malt â€“ 43% â€“ Spicy with citrus and building peaty notes, the Taketsuru 17 is rich, complex and very smooth. â€“ $129.99
- Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year â€“ Blended Malt â€“ 43% â€“ Rich, spicy, fruity and very elegant the 21 is a very complex malt and was named Blended Malt of the Year in the 2010 World Whisky Awards. â€“ $169.99
- Yoichi 10 Year â€“ Single Malt â€“ 45% â€“ This moderately peated single malt shows light peat and lots of fruit with a velvety finish. â€“ $85.99