Nikka Japanese Whisky
The Nikka Whisky Distilling Company was founded by Masataka Taketsuru, ‘the Father of Japanese Distilling’, in 1934. During the early 1920's he had studied malt distilling in Scotland and his ambition was to establish a malt whisky distillery in Japan on the Scottish model.
Soon after his return he was employed by Shinjiro Torii, owner of the company which would become Suntory. A site with excellent water was found at Yamazaki, on Honshu, Japan’s southern island, but Taketsuru would have preferred to build on Hokkaido, the northern island, which seemed to him more like Scotland.