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Nikka

The advent of Japanese whisky has been widely attributed to Masataka Taketsuru who began his whisky pilgrimage in 1918, when he journeyed to the illustrious liquid’s spiritual heartland, the Celtic nations. Masataka’s family ran a sake brewery, still in operation today, and as such he was taught the skills of alcohol production, furthering his education at the University of Glasgow where he studied chemistry. This and his apprenticeships at Scotch whisky distilleries afforded him a great depth of knowledge about production and blending. In 1920, Masataka Taketsuru married Jessie ‘Rita’ Roberta Cowan and the couple lived for a few months in Campbeltown. They travelled to Japan later that year.

In 1934, Masataka established Nikka Whisky and his first distillery was built in Hokkaido and named Yoichi. The area was well-suited to whisky production, though its location was remote. In 1969, a second distillery was founded, Miyagikyo Distillery, or Sendai Distillery as it has been known. Its first whiskies were sold as Sendai Single Malt and it was not until Asahi Brewery’s acquisition of Nikka in 2001 that the Miyagiko Distillery was expanded to cope with national demand. The Nikka range includes the single malts from the pair of distilleries as well as a range of vatted and blended malts.

However, soaring demand for Japanese whisky began to outstrip supply, and in early 2019 it was announced that Nikka was axing Nikka 12 and temporarily suspending the Coffey Grain and Malt whiskies. 2019 was also the first year that the Yoichi plant started distilling in January, as opposed to the traditional four-month distilling seasons from March until June and again from September to early December, in an effort to increase production.

The Miyagikyo distillery also announced an expansion in early 2019, to be completed by 2021, along with the news that Nikka has procured many more casks to age whisky from the distillery, boosting storage by 40%.

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

50cl, 51.4%

The award-winning Nikka Whisky From The Barrel blend is absolutely full of flavour. Bottled at 51.4% ABV. The blend combines both single malt and grain whiskies from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi…  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
153
$38.61
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Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

70cl, 45%

While most distilleries use their Coffey stills only to make grain whisky, Nikka use the two Coffey stills at their Miyagikyo distillery to create malt whisky too. The Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky was…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky
28
$58.26
$51.95
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Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

70cl, 43%

A non-age-statement expression of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. It features plenty of whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery, as well as…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt
47
$57.51
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Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

70cl, 45%

Using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery, which were imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963, Nikka have produced a number of single cask single grain whiskies from time to time over…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
28
$56.25
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The Nikka 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A fantastic 12 year old blended Japanese whisky from Nikka presented in a bottle that takes its design from the neckline of a kimono. Enjoy neat, over ice or in a classic highball.  More info

The Nikka 12 Year Old
10
$97.98
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Nikka Pure Malt Black

50cl, 43%

Jim Murray scored different batches of Pure Malt Black with 92 and 95 points respectively. This is a great dram, a blended malt made up of whisky from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Full…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Black
14
$46.94
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Nikka Coffey Gin

70cl, 47%

Gin from Nikka?! Oh yes, my friends, the folks at Nikka aren't simply just whisky geniuses - they're accomplished gin producers too! Produced in Coffey stills using a base of barley and corn, Nikka…  More info

Nikka Coffey Gin
3
$46.86
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Nikka Whisky Tasting Set

15cl, 44.2%

A terrific tasting set featuring five 3cl drams of whisky from one of the most prolific Japanese producers, Nikka. Founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, Nikka is now known world wide, with two…  More info

Nikka Whisky Tasting Set
$38.55

Nikka Days

70cl, 40%

Nikka Days is a brilliantly bright blended Japanese whisky from the legendary producer, featuring spirits from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. The slightly peated whisky delicately balances…  More info

Nikka Days
$39.54
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Nikka Pure Malt Red

50cl, 43%

Pure Malt Red is a Japanese blended malt in a charming looking bottle! This is made up of malt whisky from the Nikka distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The result is a fruit, creamy, buttery, and…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Red
2
$45.91
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Super Nikka

70cl, 43%

Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info

Super Nikka
1
$60.18

Nikka Coffey Vodka

70cl, 40%

One of the big names in Japanese whisky is exploring something new - Nikka now has its very own vodka! Made using their Coffey stills with a blend of corn and malted barley, Nikka Coffey Vodka is…  More info

Nikka Coffey Vodka
$44.69

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%

This is a great 17 year old blended malt named for Nikka's founder, the whisky-pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old
25
$203.48
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Nikka All Malt

70cl, 40%

A blended Japanese whisky from Nikka made with malt from Yoichi and a combination of malt and Coffey Still whisky from Miyagikyou.  More info

Nikka All Malt
18
$39.61

Nikka Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%

From the Japanese distillers Nikka comes their blended whisky, the Nikka Blended Whisky. Yep, that's it. A simple name, a minimalist bottle, a refined label - the focus here is on the expertly-made…  More info

Nikka Blended Whisky
14
$36.35

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Taketsuru 21 was crowned World's Best Blended Malt Whisky at the 2010 World Whiskies Awards. It really is a fabulous whisky, and for those of you who enjoyed the brilliant 17 year old this offers…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old
22
$339.08

Nikka Black Memorial Special Blend - 1990s

72cl, 40%

Here we have the limited edition Black Memorial Special Blend from Nikka, which we reckon was produced in the 1990s. You don't have to wear the same attire as the fellow on the label to drink it, but…  More info

Nikka Black Memorial Special Blend - 1990s

Nikka 8 Year Old Black

70cl, 40%

A rare bottle of 8 year old blended malt from Nikka. A very creamy, fruity whisky with oodles of flavour and complexity! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Nikka 8 Year Old Black
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Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old (Without Presentation Box)

70cl, 43%

25 year old blended malt Japanese whisky from the legendary folks at Nikka. This expression was crafted using malt whiskies from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries, all aged for at least 25 years.…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old (Without Presentation Box)

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%

The 25 year old edition of Nikka's Taketsuru blended malt whisky is a very rare sight. The Taketsuru expression was named in honour of the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru, made with malt…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old
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Nikka Pure Malt Spice Rack Set

150cl, 43%

Nikka have eschewed using a box or case or what-have-you to present these three Pure Malt whiskies and gone for something a little different: a spice rack! This set includes a 50cl bottle of all…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Spice Rack Set
$217.56

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Gift Pack

50cl, 51.4%

A wonderful Japanese whisky gift set from Nikka. This pack includes the classic "Whisky From The Barrel", as well as two branded glasses and a speed pourer. Brilliant!  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Gift Pack
2
$62.56

Nikka Coffey Series Set

280cl, 44.3%

A celebration of the Coffey still from Nikka! This stylish set features four different spirits from the legendary Japanese producer, each one produced using their Coffey still - showing you just how…  More info

Nikka Coffey Series Set
$234.79

Yoichi & Miyagikyo Rum Cask Finish Set

140cl, 46%

This set from legendary Japanese whisky producers Nikka features two 70cl bottles of Japanese single malt whisky - one from the Yoichi distillery, and one from the Miyagikyo distillery. Both of these…  More info

Yoichi & Miyagikyo Rum Cask Finish Set
$354.78

Nikka Taketsuru on the Road Set

350cl, 42.4%

An incredibly handsome set from Nikka, honouring the company's celebrated founder, Masataka Taketsuru. This suitcase contains five different 70cl bottles of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru on the Road Set
$2,713.08

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