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Review: Nikka Tsuru 17, Blended, 43% abv.

Review: Nikka Tsuru 17, Blended, 43% abv.

  The family name of the founder of Nikka, Taketsuru, 竹鶴, is composed of the Chinese characters for “bamboo crane”. These are also the same characters that appear on many Nikka products, such as the Taketsuru 17 and 21. I remember highballing the whole under […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Nikka Lives On

Masataka Taketsuru: Nikka Lives On

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in the final chapter Nikka Whisky continues expanding to […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Post-War Nikka Whisky

Masataka Taketsuru: Post-War Nikka Whisky

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Nine post-war Japan finally takes a liking […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Independent at Yoichi Distillery

Masataka Taketsuru: Independent at Yoichi Distillery

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Eight Taketsuru strikes out on his own […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Japanese whisky’s dark early days

Masataka Taketsuru: Japanese whisky’s dark early days

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Seven Taketsuru gets to work making whisky […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Launching Japan’s first whisky distillery

Masataka Taketsuru: Launching Japan’s first whisky distillery

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Six Taketsuru returns to Japan and prepares […]

Plastic Oceans Charity Auction includes Karuizawa 50yo, Yoichi 1988 Single Cask

Plastic Oceans Charity Auction includes Karuizawa 50yo, Yoichi 1988 Single Cask

Online retailer The Whisky Exchange and auction house whisky.auction are running a charity auction to benefit Plastic Oceans International, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of single-use plastic waste on the world’s oceans. While the lots include some incredibly rare offerings like […]

Nikka Days whisky released, EU only for now

Nikka Days whisky released, EU only for now

Nikka’s latest release for the European market is a whisky called Nikka Days, and it’s now available from French whisky powerhouse Le Maison du Whisky. Given that Nikka Days is not available in Japan, it occupies a space similar to that of Suntory’s Toki. Nikka […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Grain Whisky & Marriage to Rita

Masataka Taketsuru: Grain Whisky & Marriage to Rita

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, Part Five has Taketsuru spending time learning how to […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Rita & Campbeltown

Masataka Taketsuru: Rita & Campbeltown

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, Part Four features romance, death, and whisky blending. Click […]