Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky is a non age statement Japanese whisky. It is a blend of different single malt whiskies. It is named in honour of the found of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru.
In 1918 Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, embarked on a long voyage to Scotland and, after enrolling at Glasgow University, became the first Japanese person ever to study whisky making. He took chemistry courses at the university and apprenticed at distilleries, learning first-hand from craftsmen and received training as a blender. Masataka would later become known as a master blender. After returning to Japan in 1920 Masataka began work for a company who would produce Japan’s first whisky. In 1934, Masataka struck out on his own and established Nikka Whisky and built its first distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, which he had always considered to be the ideal site in Japan for whisky-making. This was later joined, in 1969, by the Miyagikyo Distillery, also in northern Japan.
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky is a blend of single malt whiskies from each of Nikka’s distilleries, both Yoichi and Miyagiko. The master blender at Nikka draws on a large selection of casks combining the fresh and fruity notes of youthful whiskies and richer and more evolved older whiskies aged for a large part in ex Sherry casks. These combine to produce a balanced, complex style.
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky was first released in 2014. This no-age statement Taketsuru bottling is a blend of malts with an average age of 10 years, matured in different types of oak casks. A high percentage of Miyagikyo malt gives a fresh fruity character, joined by mature aromas from an important sherry cask influence. A blend of the two Nikka single malts, the Taketsuru range combines the strong character of Yoichi with the elegance and precision of Miyagikyo. Both masculine and feminine, traditional and innovative, this outstanding pure malt whisky is a worthy tribute to Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky and founder of Nikka.