Sips: Nikka’s Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky



I’ve been thinking about Whisky for the past week since I saw my cousin who is a fanatic. We spoke about Scotch and then he mentioned that he really liked Japanese whisky. Oddly enough I had the opportunity to try some at a party friends were hosting. The whisky is from Nikka. A blended malt  whisky named in honor of Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of the company. Born into a Sake producing family, he went to live in Scotland in 1918 and became the first Japanese person to study whisky in Scotland and when he moved back home, the first to produce Japanese Whisky, in Yoichi, Hokkaido in 1940. He became a master blender and Nikka is well-know for their blended malts. There is a lovely and romantic story of Taketsuru and his bride, from Scotland. I liked the story and I really enjoyed the whisky.

I haven’t had a whisky in a while and I loved it. It was very smooth and silky with almost sweet fruit.  For a moment it reminded me of Bourbon.


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